Loretta Ables Sayre and More Will Join Paulo Szot for London South Pacific; U.K. Tour, Too

News   Loretta Ables Sayre and More Will Join Paulo Szot for London South Pacific; U.K. Tour, Too
 
Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific will have its European premiere at London's Barbican Theatre this summer, beginning performances Aug. 15, prior to an official opening Aug. 23, then running through Oct. 1 prior to a national tour that will visit Milton Keynes, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Oxford and Southampton, with further dates to be announced.

Loretta Ables Sayre in South Pacific.
Loretta Ables Sayre in South Pacific. Photo by Joan Marcus

As previously announced, Paulo Szot will reprise his Tony Award-winning performance as Emile de Becque, opposite Samantha Womack as Nellie Forbush. Szot will share the role of Emile with Welsh National Opera singer Jason Howard, who will appear Aug. 29-Sept. 21. Also starring in the London run will be Daniel Koek (following his acclaimed performance as Tony in the recent hit production of West Side Story), as Lt. Joe Cable, Alex Ferns (who took over as Nathan Detroit in the Donmar's Guys and Dolls), as Luther Billis, and Loretta Ables Sayre reprising her Lincoln Center Tony-nominated performance of Bloody Mary.

The production is being re-created in London 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 direction by Ted Sperling and original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. It is produced at the Barbican Centre and on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions.

The nationwide tour opens in Milton Keynes Oct. 12. For full touring dates and booking details, visit www.southpacificonstage.com. To book for the Barbican run, call the box office on 0845 120 7550, or visit www.barbican.org.uk/bite.

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