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The Vintage Guide To London | December 18, 2017

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A Rodgers and Hammerstein classic - South Pacific

Set on a tropical island during World War II, South Pacific 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.

Metropolitan Opera’s 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 and is currently selling out across North America. 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.

Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 25 , this is a ravishing and breathtaking production, which is brought to the UK by the entire Lincoln Center creative team, led by director Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical direction by Ted Sperling and original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett.

Venue : Barbican Theatre
Dates and times : Monday 15 August – Saturday 1 October, Mondays – Saturdays at 7.30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm (not Thursday 18 August)
Performance dates for Paulo Szot & Jason Howard : Paulo Szot – 15-27 August, 22 September – 1 October; Jason Howard – 29 August – 21 September
Running time : 2 hours 45 minutes

Tickets : £15-£85
Barbican box office : 0845 120 7550, open 10.00am–8.00pm Monday–Saturday; 11.00am–8.00pm Sundays and Bank Holidays

image: Joan Marcus