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Gina Beck   Julian Ovenden
Joanna Ampil   Keir Charles   Rob Houchen     

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’t 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.

The production will also be streamed (dates TBA).

Presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe


Prologue.

Prologue tickets available

Cast & Creatives

Cast

  • Gina Beck

    Ensign Nellie Forbush
  • Julian Ovenden

    Emile de Becque
  • Joanna Ampil

    Bloody Mary
  • Keir Charles

    Luther Billis
  • Rob Houchen

    Lt. Joseph Cable
  • Iroy Abesamis

    Bloody Mary's Assistant
  • Carl Au

    Stewpot
  • Rosanna Bates

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

    Capt. George Brackett
  • Taylor Bradshaw

    Seabee 2
  • Bobbie Chambers

    Ensign Janet MacGregor
  • Danny Collins

    Professor
  • Shailan Gohil

    Henry
  • Adrian Grove

    Cmdr. William Harbison
  • Zack Guest

    Yeoman Hebert Quale
  • Matthew Maddison

    Marine 1/Hassinger
  • Sera Maehara

    Liat
  • Melissa Nettleford

    Ensign Cora MacRae
  • Kate Playdon

    Ensign Dinah Murphy
  • Pierce Rogan

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

    Dance Captain/Ensemble

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Daniel Evans

Director

Peter McKintosh

Set & Costume Designer

Ann Yee

Choreographer & Movement Director

Cat Beveridge

Musical Director

Nigel Lilley

Musical Supervisor

David Cullen

Orchestrator

Howard Harrison

Lighting Designer

Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer

Theo Jamieson

Additional Arrangements

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

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 Festival Saver: Book the same number of tickets for four or more productions and save 20%. All Saver tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Friends : £2 off non-Saver tickets
  • 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
  • £5 Prologue Tickets available for 16-25 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Prologue Book 3 Get 1 Free: Log in to your account to see Prologue 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

Step 4 of the government’s roadmap anticipates the removal of all legal limits on social contact and the reopening of full theatre auditoriums from 21 June, subject to successful pilot test events taking place in April and May. We are delighted to confirm that our production of South Pacific will be going ahead as scheduled from 5 July.

In order for our audiences to feel confident and safe when visiting the Theatre, we will offer one fully socially distanced performance (at 50% capacity) each week, with all other performances initially booking with a reduced capacity auditorium.

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

The majority of South Pacific performances will initially go on sale with a reduced capacity auditorium (approx. 900 as opposed to a full capacity of 1300).  This will ease congestion in the foyer and public spaces. The following measures will also be in place for these performances: 

  • 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 
  • 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
  • The RestaurantBars and Café will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings


Socially-distanced performances

  • Our socially-distanced auditorium offers a reduced capacity of just under 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
  • Contact details are collected during the booking process to support NHS Test and Trace
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of the auditorium between performances 
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings
  • The RestaurantBars and Café will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points
  • 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 all transactions will be cashless

These measures will be reviewed and updated in line with Government guidelines. 

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 customers can exchange their ticket 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 supersede 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.


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