South Pacific

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South Pacific is a 1949 musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. [1]

The original text

The story is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, combining elements of several of the stories.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1968: Presented by the Eoan Group in 1968 under the direction of David Bloomberg starring Vera Gow, Benjamin Arendse and others at the Alhambra Theatre. Musical director Joseph Manca. Decor by Keith Anderson, choreography by Audrey Turner, costumes by Carmen Sydow.

1969: Staged at the Civic Theatre by Brickhill-Burke for JODS in 1969. It starred Inia te Wiata, June Hern, Jean Dell and James White. Set and costume designs by Keith Anderson.

1973 and 1989: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society in 1973 and 1989.

1980: Presented by CAPAB Music opening 18 October 1980 in the Nico Malan Opera House directed and staged by Angelo Gobbato, musical direction by Graham Scott, choreography by Audrey Turner, decor and costumes by Brumo Santini, lighting by John T. Baker. The cast included Lawrence Folley, Miranda Kark, De Wet van Rooyen, Bill Jervis, Sharon Lynne, Graham Clarke, Evelyn Dalberg and Gloria Arendz.

1998: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society in 1998.


South Pacific theatre programme, Eoan Group, 1968.

South Pacific theatre programme, CAPAB, 1980.

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