Tuesday, November 16

South Pacific Barbican opening prior to UK tour

The 1949 Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific was last seen in the West End in 2001 when it was revived by Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre and Philip Quast won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Emile de Becque. It was also toured by UK Productions in 2007

ATG's Howard Panter has been very keen to bring the production to the UK, and it now appears that the award winning the Lincoln Center's long-running revival of South Pacific is crossing Atlantic to open at the Barbican next autumn prior to the UK tour which will be launched at the Milton Keynes Theatre running  from 12th- 22nd October 2011.  It then moves on to the Palace Theatre Manchester 25th October-5th November and Glasgow Theatre Royal 8th-19th November,

Bartlett Sher's production won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, before ending its two-year run in the Vivian Beaumont Theater on 22nd August 2010. The New York revival starred Kelli O'Hara as nurse Nellie Forbush and Tony winner Paulo Szot as Emile DeBecque.

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