Chichester Festival Theatre has announced dates and online streaming for its production of South Pacific.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific was due to be the musical centrepiece of Chichester’s Festival 2020 until its cancellation due to the ongoing theatre shutdown.
It has been rescheduled to Festival 2021 and will run from 5 July – 4 September – as well as streaming online on select dates in August and September.
Directed by Daniel Evans, the cast will feature Julian Ovenden (Emile de Becque), Joanna Ampil (Bloody Mary), Keir Charles (Luther Billis) and Rob Houchen (Joe Cable). Gina Beck will play Nellie Forbush to 5 August before sharing the role with Alex Young who will take over full-time from 23 August.
They’re joined by Iroy Abesamis, Lindsay Atherton, Carl Au, Rosanna Bates, David Birrell, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Taylor Bradshaw, Bobbie Chambers, Charlotte Coggin, Danny Collins, Oliver Edward, Sergio Giacomelli, Shailan Gohil, Adrian Grove, Zack Guest, Cameron Bernard Jones, Amanda Lindgren, Matthew Maddison, Sera Maehara (as Liat), Melissa Nettleford, Rachel Jayne Picar, Kate Playdon, Pierce Rogan, Clancy Ryan, Charlie Waddell and James Wilkinson Jones.
The children’s roles will played by Lana Lakha, Kami Lieu, David Ngara O’Dwyer and Alexander Quinlan.
A synopsis of the show from Chichester Festival Theatre reads: “With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener, this much-loved, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical opened in 1949 to huge success, becoming one of Broadway’s longest running hit shows.
“It boasts one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most memorable scores, featuring songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i.”