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Samantha Womack confirmed to play role of Nellie Forbush in Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

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

Samantha Womack now confirmed for the role of Nellie Forbush on the nationwide tour of  Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific at New Wimbledon 20-31 March 2012

The most acclaimed production ever of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific followed a sold out London season with a record-breaking national tour, which continues to thrill audiences around the UK, is coming to New Wimbledon Theatre on 20 March.

The producers are now delighted to announce that, Samantha Womack confirmed she will continue to play, Nellie Forbush the naive American nurse that falls for plantation owner Emile de Becque. Samantha's most famous for her role as Ronnie in EastEnders and her previous theatre credits include Harold Pinter's Betrayal, the Donmar Warehouse production in the West End of Guys and Dolls (as Adelaide) and Sandy in Grease at the Dominion Theatre.

'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 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 Lt Joe Cable and Alex Ferns Luther Billis. Welsh National Opera Star Jason Howard will once again play the role as Emile de Becque for the Cardiff dates, a part he has now played on Broadway and in several UK cities on the tour. New York's Tony Award-nominated Loretta Ables Sayre will continue as Bloody Mary until the 23 April.

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 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. 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.

Listings information for New Wimbledon Theatre:

20 - 31 March 2012
(Wk 1) Tues - Sat evening - 7.30pm
Wed, Thurs & Sat mats - 2.30pm
(Wk 2) Mon – Sat eves - 7.30pm
Thurs & Sat mat - 2.30pm

Press Night:
Wednesday 21st 7.30pm

Ticket Price:
£15 - £45 (premium seats available)

Contact Information:

Book online:
Telephone Booking:
0844 871 7646
Groups Bookings:
0844 871 7696
Access Bookings:
0844 871 7677

New Wimbledon Theatre
The Broadway
SW19 1QG

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South Pacific is sponsored by Samoa Tourism Authority and American Airlines