South Pacific Review 2011

  • Our critic's rating:

    "It's a perfectly decent revival of a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic but with little of the pizzazz."
    Michael Billington for The Guardian

    "Though not quite as lavish as the original Lincoln Centre production, this touring version with beautiful South Sea island designs and a fine 25-piece pit orchestra making the most of the brilliant score, still proves a moving and uplifting experience."
    Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

    "Somewhere along the line he [director Bartlett Sher] has managed to eliminate both the romance and the fantasy."
    Paul vale for The Stage

    "Polished rather than dazzling - lyrical, occasionally beguiling but not truly powerful."
    Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

    "Though it is undoubtedly a very good, immensely thoughtful doesn’t dazzle in the way one might expect. It is beautifully sung and delivered with plenty of zest and energy, yet it still seems a little stiff and emotionally restrained."
    Sarah Hemming for The Financial Times

    "For all the talk of how the production draws out the darkness of the racial issues by reincorporating discarded material, this comes across as a highly accomplished, but faintly bland and traditional treatment. ..Unfortunately, there's next to no sexual chemistry between the two leading performers. That's symptomatic of a production that seems to have lost something in crossing the Atlantic and is deficient in that spark that turns respect into rapture."
    Paul Taylor for The Independent

    External links to full reviews from popular press
    The Guardian - Daily Telegraph - The Independent


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