New production images have been released for the UK and Ireland tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, ahead of its London run at Sadler’s Wells.
The production stars Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maehara as Liat.
They are joined by David Birrell as Captain George Brackett, Stephen John Davis as Commander William Harbison, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Stewpot, Charlie Waddell as Professor, Olly Christopher as Sergeant Johnson and Douggie McMeekin as Luther Billis, with Pierce Rogan playing the role at certain performances.
Directed by Daniel Evans, this new production of South Pacific premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in summer 2021.
It transfers to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London for a limited season from 27 July to 28 August 2022.
It will then embark on a UK & Ireland tour, starting in Dublin’s Bord Gáis from 13 to 17 September. It continues to Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne from 20 to 24 September, the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from 27 September to 1 October, Theatre Royal in Glasgow from 4 to 8 October, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from 11 to 15 October, Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 18 to 22 October, Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 25 to 29 October, Leeds Grand Theatre from 1 to 5 November and Marlow Theatre in Canterbury in Kent from 15 to 19 November.
It features set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, and choreography and movement direction from Ann Yee. The musical supervisor is Nigel Lilley, musical director is Cat Beveridge and new orchestration is by David Cullen, with original Broadway orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett.
The lighting designer is Howard Harrison, sound designer is Paul Groothuis, video designer is Gillian Tan, additional arrangements and Happy Talk orchestration is by Theo Jamieson, casting director is Charlotte Sutton CDG and additional children’s casting by Verity Naughton.
South Pacific is produced by Jamie Wilson, Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Gavin Kalin.