South Pacific to reopen Chichester

Published: 3 April 2021
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Festival Theatre auditorium Credit: Philip Vine
Festival Theatre Credit: Philip Vine

Chichester Festival Theatre will reopen its doors with its summer musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, originally scheduled as the centrepiece of Festival 2020, now running from 5 July to 4 September 2021.

The show is initially booking with a reduced capacity and a dedicated socially distanced performance every week with a view to moving to full capacity as soon as government guidelines permit.

Daniel Evans directs, with set and costume design by Peter McKintosh and the choreography and movement by Ann Yee. Musical direction is by Cat Beveridge with musical supervision by Nigel Lilley, orchestrations by David Cullen, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Paul Groothuis, additional arrangements by Theo Jamieson and casting by Charlotte Sutton.

On 18 May, Sarah Kane's Crave will be streamed live and then be available on demand 19–29 May. Originally live-streamed with a cast of four performing in an empty auditorium, this film is a new edit with remastered sound and new footage from filmmaker Ravi Deepres.