Preview: South Pacific

Ladies chorus from South Pacific
Ladies chorus from South Pacific
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FOR 90 years Edinburgh’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society has been entertaining Capital theatre-goers with productions of the world’s best loved light operas.

All that changes this when, for the first time in their history, the local amateur theatre company bring a ‘modern’ musical to the stage of the Church Hill Theatre - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific by James A Michener, South Pacific focuses on a group of American sailors and nurses stationed on an idyllic island during World War II.

Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with middle-aged French plantation owner Emile. She is shocked when she discovers that he has mixed-race children from his first marriage.

At the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat.

Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices in this epic tale of romance

For two hours of high energy, fun-packed entertainment Rodger & Hammerstein’s popular musical masterpiece is hard to beat, with much loved numbers including I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Some Enchanted Evening, There Is Nothing Like A Dame and I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy.

Commenting on the Society’s change in direction, EDGAS president, Ian Lawson, says, “There are many parallels that can be drawn between Gilbert & Sullivan and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

“Both had long and successful partnerships and both created shows that mixed musical story-telling with contemporary issues. Gilbert’s complex rhyme schemes served as a model for Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics, while Rodgers’ glorious melodies match Sullivan’s in their timeless appeal.

“We hope that performing South Pacific will not only provide great entertainment but also let audiences appreciate the wonderful legacy that Gilbert & Sullivan has left for the world of musical theatre.”

South Pacific, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30pm (matinee 2.30pm), £8-£16, 0131-529 6005