Shining bright

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Following a seven-week season at London Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific will be making its way to the Theatre Royal for its Scottish premiere.

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.

Gaining a global audinece with the 1958 movie (which was partly shot in Ibiza), this is a rare chance to see live one of the most engaging of all musicals, Samantha Womack stars in the role of Nellie Forbush as will Loretta Ables Sayre in the role of Bloody Mary.

Also starring in South Pacific is Scots actor Alex Ferns (Nathan Detroit in Donmar’s Guys and Dolls) as Luther Billis and musical theatre star Daniel Koek (following his acclaimed performance as Tony in the recent UK hit production of West Side Story) as Lt Joe Cable.

The cast also 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.

South Pacific in running from Tuesday, November 8 until Saturday, November 19. Tickets £14.50-£42.