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Chichester Festival Theatre's South Pacific to stream online for 24 hours

South Pacific
South Pacific

The Chichester Festival Theatre production of South Pacific will stream online for 24 hours over New Year’s weekend.

Filmed live in front of an audience at CFT in July, the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical will be available to watch online from Friday, 31 December 2021 at 5PM for 24 hours.

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Tickets to watch the stream priced at £15 are available now from the Chichester Festival Theatre website.

The new production is directed by Artistic Director Daniel Evans with a cast including Gina Beck (Matilda, Show Boat, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera) as Nellie, Julian Ovenden (Bridgerton, Downton Abbey, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, BBC Proms) as Emile, Joanna Ampil (Cats, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) as Bloody Mary, Keir Charles (who played Chris Tarrant in Quiz) and Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, The Light in the Piazza) as Cable.

1943. On an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, US troops are kicking their heels amid the cacao groves while restlessly waiting for the war to reach them.

Nellie Forbush, a navy nurse from Arkansas, finds herself falling for the French plantation owner, Emile de Becque – a man with a mysterious past. The scheming sailor Luther Billis runs a makeshift laundry to earn a quick buck, but he’s no match for the quick-witted Polynesian Bloody Mary who’s intent on exploiting these foreigners.

When young Princeton graduate Lieutenant Joe Cable is flown in on a dangerous reconnaissance mission, love and fear become entwined as the island’s battle for hearts and minds begins.

It was recently announced that the show will transfer to Manchester and London in 2022 followed by a UK tour.

The production will open at Manchester Opera House on 16 July 2022 ahead of a season at Sadler’s Wells, London from 27 July to 28 August 2022.

South Pacific 2022 tour tickets, dates and venues »

A UK and Ireland tour will then visit Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury.

Reprising their roles as ‘Emile de Becque’ and ‘Ensign Nellie Forbush’ in Manchester and at Sadler’s Wells will be West End, Broadway and screen star Julian Ovenden and West End leading lady Gina Beck. Further casting to be announced.

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