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Gina Beck   Julian Ovenden
Joanna Ampil   Keir Charles   Rob Houchen

Rodgers & Hammerstein's

South Pacific

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

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Overview

If you don’ have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific (which was originally scheduled for Festival 2020) has been rescheduled to Festival 2021, running from 5 July – 4 September. 

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.

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 & 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.

This new production is directed by Artistic Director Daniel Evans whose previous Chichester productions include This Is My Family, Quiz and Fiddler on the Roof

Making their Chichester debuts are 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 (Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) as Bloody Mary, and Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, The Light in the Piazza) as Cable*. Keir Charles, who played Chris Tarrant in Quiz, returns as Luther Billis. Alex Young, who played Sally Smith in Me and My Girl, shares the role of Nellie with Gina Beck, who is pregnant, from 5 August and takes over full-time from 23 August.

The production will also be streamed on dates in August and September.

*On 14 August the role of Cable will be performed by Zack Guest.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk  


Prologue.

Prologue tickets available

Cast & Creatives

Cast information

Gina Beck, who is pregnant, will play Nellie Forbush from 5 July. From 5 - 22 August, she will share the role with Alex Young who will take over full-time from 23 August for the remainder of the run.

On 14 August the role of Cable will be played by Zack Guest.

Cast

  • Gina Beck

    Ensign Nellie Forbush
  • Julian Ovenden

    Emile de Becque
  • Joanna Ampil

    Bloody Mary
  • Keir Charles

    Luther Billis
  • Rob Houchen

    Lt. Joseph Cable
  • Alex Young

    Ensign Nellie Forbush (some performances from 5 August, full-time from 23 August)
  • Iroy Abesamis

    Bloody Mary's Assistant
  • Lindsay Atherton

    Onstage Swing
  • Carl Au

    Stewpot
  • Rosanna Bates

    Ensign 2 / Lt. J.G. Bessie May Sue Ellie Yaeger
  • David Birrell

    Capt. George Brackett
  • Leslie Garcia Bowman

    Seabee 1 / Ensemble
  • Taylor Bradshaw

    Seabee 2
  • Bobbie Chambers

    Ensign Janet MacGregor
  • Charlotte Coggin

    Onstage Swing
  • Danny Collins

    Professor
  • Oliver Edward

    Onstage Swing
  • Sergio Giacomelli

    Onstage Swing
  • Shailan Gohil

    Henry
  • Adrian Grove

    Cmdr. William Harbison
  • Zack Guest

    Yeoman Hebert Quale
  • Cameron Bernard Jones

    Sergeant Johnson / Ensemble
  • Amanda Lindgren

    Ensign 3 / Ensemble
  • Matthew Maddison

    Marine 1 / Hassinger
  • Sera Maehara

    Liat
  • Melissa Nettleford

    Ensign Cora MacRae
  • Rachel Jayne Picar

    Lead Nurse / Ensemble
  • Kate Playdon

    Ensign Dinah Murphy
  • Pierce Rogan

    Sailor 1 / O'Brien / Lt. Buzz Adams
  • Clancy Ryan

    Dance Captain / Ensemble
  • Charlie Waddell

    Onstage Swing
  • James Wilkinson-Jones

    Shore Patrolman / Ensemble
  • Archer Brandon

    Jerome
  • Ellie Chung

    Ngana
  • Lana Lakha

    Ngana
  • Kami Lieu

    Ngana
  • David Ngara-O'Dwyer

    Jerome
  • Alexander Quinlan

    Jerome

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Daniel Evans

Director

Peter McKintosh

Set & Costume Designer

Ann Yee

Choreographer & Movement Director

Nigel Lilley

Musical Supervisor

Cat Beveridge

Musical Director

David Cullen

New Orchestration

Robert Russell Bennett

Original Broadway Orchestration

Howard Harrison

Lighting Designer

Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer

Gillian Tan

Video Designer

Theo Jamieson

Additional Arrangements

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

Verity Naughton

Additional Children's Casting

Access performances

Access performances

Events grouped by day with booking links.
DateEventTimeAvailabilityBooking Link
July 2021
CaptionedTickets available.Tickets
Captioned, Socially DistancedTickets available.Tickets
August 2021
Audio Described, Socially DistancedTickets available.Tickets
Audio DescribedTickets available.Tickets
SignedTickets available.Tickets
Audio DescribedTickets available.Tickets
Audio DescribedTickets available.Tickets
September 2021
Dementia FriendlyTickets available.Tickets

View our full list of access performances

Linked Events

Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Night£10£10£10£31£37
All other performances£10£18£31£43£49
  • Friends: Book up to four discounted tickets at £2 off per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £29 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Prologue Book 3 Get 1 Free: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only
  • Festival Theatre: Some seating areas may not be available for all performances

Prices are guaranteed until Monday 7 June, and are then subject to change.

Content and Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

If you have any questions or feedback, do email us at marketing@cft.org.uk

South Pacific
Language: None
Nudity: None anticipated
Violence: None anticipated
Themes: Love, war, racial prejudice

COVID Guidelines

Welcoming you back safely

Following the latest Government announcement regarding the extension of social distancing restrictions, we will be reducing the capacity and changing the seating layout of the auditorium for South Pacific performances between 5-17 July to comply with their regulations. (If you have booked for any of  these performances, you should have heard from us about the next steps regarding your booking. If this is not the case, please do get in touch at box.office@cft.org.uk or by calling on 01243 781312).

For performances after the 17July we are still offering one socially distanced performance per week in July and August for South Pacific ( at approximately 50% capacity), and four performances over the three week run of The Flock in the Minerva theatre.  The remaining South Pacific performances have currently been sold at Reduced Capacity (900 as opposed to 1300), with a view to opening up to full capacity should government guidelines allow. 

Please note - all information is correct at time of publishing. We are acting in accordance with government guidelines, which are subject to change - please check this page before your visit.  

Reduced capacity performances and socially distanced performances

Socially distanced performances are sold at approximately 50% capacity, with seating arranged in bubbles of 1 – 6, and timed arrivals. Reduced Capacity performances for South Pacific are selling to approx. 900 as opposed to 1300, and seating will not be in bubbles.

Socially Distanced Performances

The following measure will be put in place for all socially distanced performances

  • Our socially-distanced auditorium offers a reduced capacity of approximately 50% ensuring a 1m-plus space between parties
  • Seat bubbles are available as groups of 1 to 6 seats.
  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • Tickets will detail timed arrivals with an assigned door number
  • Contactless temperature checks will be carried out at point of entry
  • Face coverings are required for the duration of your visit (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Front of House staff will also wear face coverings
  • We will collect contact information about each ticket booker in line with our Privacy Policy and as required by the current government legislation, we will also be asking everyone who attends to check in with the NHS Test and Trace app, using the QR codes available.
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of the auditorium between performances
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building
  • During the interval we ask that people are mindful of other patrons, and take note of any directional signage that may be in place to regulate the flow of patrons through the building.
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings
  • Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.
  • Additional signage will be in place to manage social distancing and audience flow
  • Programmes and ice creams can be pre-ordered when booking your tickets where available, or purchased on the day. Please note we are aiming for all transactions to be cashless.

For all other performances, the following measures will also be in place throughout July and August. We will be updating our procedures in line with government guidelines, so please do check the website before your visit for the latest information.

  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry.In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of all public areas, both prior to and during performances.
  • Hand sanitising stations positioned throughout the building.
  • During the interval we ask that people are mindful of other patrons, and take note of any directional signage that may be in place to regulate the flow of patrons through the building.
  • Face coverings are required for the duration of your visit (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings

Other Frequently Asked Questions

How are you dealing with South Pacific rehearsals and performances under the current restrictions? 

The health and safety of our staff and artists has been our top priority during the South Pacific rehearsal period, and we’ve taken every precaution to ensure that the rehearsals take place in a Covid Safe space, led by the government guidance. 

These include: 

  • A full time Covid Safety Officer working as part of the team
  • Everyone in rehearsals or visiting the space tested first thing every morning, as well as having temperature checks on arrival
  • The facility for the creative team to join rehearsals digitally
  • Masks worn during rehearsals and cast working in fixed teams (see below for exceptions)
  • Social Distancing observed at all times, the exceptions being when fixed teams are working together and are permitted close contact for specific moments of the production
  • Enhanced sanitising and cleaning of all spaces
  • Regular 'fogging' of all props and equipment (a method of deep-cleaning using disinfectant)
  • When the South Pacific company are on site at Chichester Festival Theatre, all full time CFT staff required to prove a negative Covid test twice a week.
  • Only cast, musicians, creatives and staff essential to the running of the performance permitted backstage
  • At CFT an additional external Green Room space for the South Pacific company has been created, along with additional dressing room space for the musicians, and company and staff encouraged to use the outdoor space as much as possible for breaks

If you would like any more information about our Covid safety measures, please email us at marketing@cft.org.uk

When I visit the Theatre, will the toilets be open for use?

Yes. However, at this time capacity is restricted - so please follow signage or speak to a member of staff. Accessible toilet facilities remain in the same place as before. Enhanced cleaning processes are in place throughout the building.

Will the Bars and Café be open?

The Restaurants, Bars and Cafe will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at sales points.

What if I need to use the facilities during the event? Will I be able to exit my seat?

At this time, we are advising people to maintain a distance of 2 metres where possible around the venue. Whilst the capacity in the auditorium has been reduced, you may need to pass someone to take or leave your seat. Please mitigate any risk by keeping your mask on and turning away as you pass. We ask that all audience members are mindful of others around them who may need to leave during the event. 

I have access requirements and/or am a wheelchair user, will the lift be in operation?

Yes, the lifts will be in operation. A member of staff will be at the bottom of the lift to check tickets but will not ride in the lift. At this time, only groups in the same household or bubble will be able to travel in the lift together. The lifts will be cleaned between uses.

How do you use the data I provide for Test and Trace?

We are legally required to collect contact information about each ticket booker in line with our Privacy Policy. We may need to share your contact details with NHS Test and Trace, if they require. All information collected for Test and Trace will remain securely on our ticketing system, and will not be used once 21 days have elapsed after the last event you have booked. If you do not wish to share this information please email data@cft.org.uk stating you wish to opt-out and quoting your order number.

Please do not attend the theatre if you:

  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • or have been instructed to self-isolate.

Book with confidence

Please be reassured that should you book for a performance which has to be cancelled, you will be offered the option of a refund, credit or a transfer to another performance. 

For maximized flexibility, if you cannot attend, you can exchange your ticket for FREE up to at least 24 hours prior to the event (subject to availability). 

For productions in the Festival and Minerva Theatres we offer a refund protection service, available when you book your tickets,  from Booking Protect so you can apply for a refund should you, or anyone in your party, be unable to attend the show due to adverse weather, injury, illness, burglary or fire at your residence, breakdown or relocation for work. Click here to read Booking Protect Terms and Conditions.

Please refer to our full terms and conditions of sale. The specific points above supercede those within the wider terms and conditions. 

We hope you have an enjoyable visit but if you do have any concerns, members of staff will be on hand to help you.


Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious food and drink at our welcoming café and restaurant. Whether you’re having a bite to eat before the show, simply relaxing with a coffee, or plugging in to power up using our free Wi-Fi, we can’t wait to welcome you back.

DINE BEFORE THE SHOW
We are delighted to reopen The Brasserie for diners from 5 July. Enjoy an exquisite contemporary British menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients, a selection of excellent wines and top-notch service in our stylish and award-winning restaurant - the closest restaurant to the Theatre. Read more information, menus and reserve your table here.

CAFÉ ON THE PARK
A great spot for barista coffee, freshly made sandwiches, delicious cakes and a range of drinks. The Café will open from 21 June, with extra outdoor seating, Monday to Friday from 10am, and 9am on Saturday for Park Runners.  

POP UP FAMILY FUN
Saturday mornings in August and Thursday mornings during term time from 2 September. Children can explore outdoors, or play, read and scribble indoors while grown-ups relax with a coffee. Check out other fantastic events and activities for families on our Families page

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