New acclaimed production of ‘South Pacific’ to open in Manchester ahead of London run and tour

Credit: Johan Persson

The show will return after being presented at the Chichester Festival Theatre last summer, with well-renowned actors Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck reprising the main roles. Written by the iconic creative duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the musical tells the strong love tale between a plantation owner and a nurse on a remote island during World War II. Following its London run, the production will travel across Ireland and the UK, including stops such as Dublin, Glasgow and Canterbury, among others.

Love, love changes everything… Oh, wait, I think I’m forgetting myself… Anyway, the thing is that there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned romantic musical to remind us of the joys of life (especially when we’re not experiencing them…). But the thing is that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s untimely classic South Pacific is returning – this time for a very long run. Prior to landing on London’s Sadler’s Wells, the production (praised when it was first presented at the Chichester Festival Theatre last summer) will be delighting Manchester audiences at its Opera House. But that’s not all, as its next step will be a tour across both Ireland and the UK.

“After experiencing the buzz of the auditorium in Chichester, along with the rapturous applause and standing-ovations, we knew that this production of SOUTH PACIFIC just had to have a further life so that the magic of it could be enjoyed by everyone”, say producers Jamie Wilson and Jonathan Church. “We are always delighted to be able to share work made in Chichester beyond the borders of Sussex, and we’re proud to be working with our friends at Sadler’s Wells and many other regional theatres to bring Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical to wider audiences across the country”, Daniel Evans and Kathy Bourne (Artistic and Executive Directors of Chichester Festival Theatre respectively) have added.

Set on a Polynisian island during World War II, the show centers around the passionate love tale between a nurse and a French expatriate plantation owner. Featuring a full orchestra and over thirty actors, the cast is led by well-renowned West End, Broadway and screen star Julian Ovenden (Downtown Abbey, All About Eve) and Gina Beck (Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera), who will be reprising their roles as Emile de Becque and Ensign Nellie Forbush. After departing from London, the production tour’s stops will include Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury.

South Pacific will open at the Manchester Opera House on July 12th – where it will run until the 23rd. Tickets for the different venues (depending on the sale release date) and further information are available on the following link.

By Guillermo Názara

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