1988 London Revival
In its first West End revival, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific returned to London’s Prince of Wales Theatre in 1988, in a new production directed by Rodger Redfarn. Starring Gemma Craven in the role of Nellie Forbush and Emile Belcourt as Emile de Becque, this fantastic revival charmed British audiences for almost a year. Mary Martin attended opening night, saying it was the first time she had ever actually seen the show!
London’s first revival, produced by Ronnie Lee and directed by Rodger Redfarn in 1988, ran just shy of a year at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, starring Gemma Craven and Emile Belcourt. The album was made by First Night Records under the musical direction of Alan Bence. The cast was rounded out by Bertice Reading as Bloody Mary and Andrew C. Wadsworth as Lt. Joe Cable.