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Samantha Womack stars as Nellie Forbush as Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific comes to Woking

Posted: 07 February 2012
Samantha Womack stars as Nellie Forbush as Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific comes to Woking

Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury

'Samantha Womack gives the best performance of her career'
Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

***** 'That’s some enchanted evening! Faultless!'
Daily Mail

**** 'A musical masterpiece. It’s a revelation'
Mail on Sunday

'No lover of musical theatre should miss it'
Daily Telegraph

The most acclaimed production ever of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific follows a sold out London season with a record-breaking national tour, which continues to thrill audiences around the UK. The producers are now delighted to announce that Samantha Womack has confirmed she will be playing Nellie Forbush for additional dates on the tour, coming to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, for two weeks from Tue 10 – Sat 21 July. Samantha will be starring as Nellie in Wimbledon, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Aylesbury, Nottingham, Leeds, Woking and Dublin, as well as the previously announced Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool.

The nationwide tour of South Pacific opened in Milton Keynes in October 2011, where it became their highest grossing and most successful two-week run ever. Along with Samantha, former Phantom of the Opera star, Matthew Camelle, will star as Emile de Becque, 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 at the Lincoln Center Theater 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 Outta 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 by 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.

The Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific is produced on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions.

Tickets £19.50 - £39.50 (premium seats available)

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