Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury
Direct from a sold out season at London’s Barbican, the most acclaimed production ever of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific comes to Woking for just two weeks from Tue 10 – Sat 21 July.
Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, directed by Metropolitan Opera Director and Winner of Tony Award for Best Director, Bartlett Sher, this sublime reinvention has received rave reviews in London and on tour, receiving three nominations including Best Musical Revival in this year’s Olivier Awards. The production is headed up by a stellar cast which includes Samantha Womack, Alex Ferns, Daniel Koek, Michael Cammelle and Jodi Kimura.
Samantha Womack stars as Nellie Forbush, a role which critics have hailed as the best performance of her career. Recognised as one of our most endearing and versatile actresses, she is well known for her memorable characters on television, stage and screen. As well as her numerous television credits including hard-hitting Liverpool One and tragic heroine Ronnie Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders, Samantha has an impressive background in theatre, from Michael Grandage’s Guys & Dolls to Sir Peter Hall’s Betrayal.
Speaking on playing the part of Nellie; 'Nellie is wonderfully naïve and she has this huge learning curve, with redemption at the end, so it’s a real rollercoaster part and one of the great female roles.'
Alongside Samantha as Emile de Becque is former Phantom of the Opera star, Matthew Camelle. He recently performing at the Royal Albert Hall for Phantom’s 25th Anniversary and has starred in the International Tour of Mamma Mia, Beauty & the Beast, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera in the West End and on tour.
Alex Ferns, star of long-running series EastEnders, plays the role of Luther Billis, the crafty American Seabee that provides comic relief to the serious underpinnings of this landmark musical. Ferns has numerous film and television credits to his name, however, has become an established name in London’s musical theatre world. Amongst others, Ferns has played the Dentist in the UK tour of Little Shop of Horrors and prior to that shared the role of gambler Nathan Detroit with some of Hollywood’s elite in the Donmar Theatre’s production of Guys & Dolls.
Daniel Koek, last seen at the New Victoria Theatre in Craig Revel Horwood’s award-winning tour of Chess, plays the role of Lt. Joe Cable in the show. He has sung both operatic and musical roles throughout Australia and Europe including the title role in Jason and the Argonauts, The Mikado and the 50th Anniversary production of West Side Story. Jodi Kimura, an accomplished operatic and musical performer, reprises the role of the ‘entrepreneurial’ local, Bloody Mary, a part she played on the first South Pacific tour of the US.
Set on a tropical island, 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.
This breathtaking Lincoln Center Theater production reinvented the classic Rodgers & 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. This smash hit musical has now been enchanting UK audiences, receiving huge critical acclaim and sold-out houses at London’s Barbican, before embarking on a record breaking UK tour.
With a stellar cast and live orchestra of 50, an iconic score including Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Bali Ha’i, I’m In Love with a Wonderful Guy, Happy Talk and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame – don’t miss your chance to experience this breathtaking production of one of the greatest musicals of all time.
Performance Times & Ticket Information
Tue 10 – Sat 21 July
Week 1: Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Week 2: Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Tickets £19.50 - £39.50 (premium seats £49.50)
Captioned Performance: Wed 18 July 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Sat 21 July 2.30pm
You can book tickets by calling the Box Office on 0844 871 7645 (fees apply)
Groups Booking Line 0844 871 7601 or online at www.atgtickets.com/woking (fees apply)