There is nothing like a good musical to brighten up a cold and damp Oxford December evening, which is what you get from attending South Pacific at Oxford’s New Theatre. Certainly, this Lincoln Centre production of South Pacific set on the island of Guadalcanal, put a smile on the face and a spring in the step of the audience, as they left (7 December 2011) at the end of this exciting performance.

It was perhaps a bit ironic that as we enjoyed this great musical based in Hawaii, people were commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. This production is packed full of well-known tunes that kept the audience stomping their feet, clapping their hands and singing along to the lyrics, such as “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”, “Younger than Springtime”, “Some Enchanted Evening” and “ I am going to wash that man right out of my hair.”


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