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SOUTH PACIFIC comes to the New Theatre Oxford from 6 – 31 December

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DUE TO HIGH TICKET DEMAND Samantha Womack gives the BEST PERFORMANCE OF HER CAREER- Baz Bamigboye, (to view all the photos click here http://celebrityphotosuk.photoshelter.com/gallery-list ) Daily Mail Following a hugely successful seven-week season playing to packed houses at London’s Barbican Theatre, the most acclaimed production ever of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC is now on a nationwide tour around the UK. The first venue of the tour has now confirmed that South Pacifc has been their highest grossing and most successful two-week run of any production at Milton Keynes Theatre, finishing its run there last week. Extra performances have been added to the nationwide tour due to the exceptionally high demand for tickets. The nationwide tour of South Pacifc played in Milton Keynes from 12- 22 October and is now at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, until 5 November, before moving on to the Theatre Royal Glasgow. The tour of South Pacific comes to the New Theatre Oxford from 6 – 31 December and stars Samantha Womack as Nellie Forbush, with Tony Award-winning international opera star Paulo Szot and Welsh National Opera star Jason Howard sharing the role of Emile de Becque (as they did on Broadway). New York’s Tony Award-nominated Loretta Ables Sayre reprises her role as Bloody Mary, with Daniel Koek as Lt Joe Cable and Alex Ferns as Luther Billis. The cast features Elizabeth Chong as Liat, Cameron Jack as Stewpot, Luke Kempner as Seabee/ Professor, Dominic Taylor as Commander Harbison and Nigel Williams as Captain Brackett, with Carly Anderson, Jill Armour, James Austen-Murray, Chris Bennett, Lawrence Carmichael, Mairi Cowieson, Matthew Crowe, Stephen John Davis, Lisa Dent, Eddie Elliott, Chris Jenkins, Maria Lawson, Nyron Levy, Dean Maynard, Adam Pritchard, Dominic Smith, Mikel Sylvanus, Jacqueline Tate, Danny Whitehead, Bleu Woodward and Nick Wyschna. Bartlett Sher’s hailed production of South Pacific reinvented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years. This was the first Broadway production the Rodgers & Hammerstein Estate had allowed to be staged since the musical originally opened in 1949 and ran for almost five years. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Bali Ha’i, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, Younger than Springtime, Happy Talk and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Featuring a cast of 40 and live orchestra of 18, this is a ravishing and breathtaking production, which has been brought to the UK by the entire Lincoln Center creative team, led by director Bartlett Sher, with musical staging my Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Ted Sperling and original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical direction is by Jae Alexander.

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