CLASSIC musical South Pacific has been rescheduled for Chichester’s Festival 2021.

Daniel Evans’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s favourite will run from July 5 until August 28 next year at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

It was due to be the musical centrepiece of Chichester’s Festival 2020 until its cancellation due to Covid-19.

The much-loved Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical opened in 1949 to huge success, becoming one of Broadway’s longest running hit shows.

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales Of The South Pacific by James A Michener, the music was written by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan,

It has one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most memorable scores, featuring songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i.

The Festival 2020 cast was due to have been led by Gina Beck, Julian Ovenden, Joanna Ampil and Rob Houchen. Director Daniel Evans is hoping to reconvene as many of the company as possible for 2021.Ticketholders are being contacted with the chance to exchange their tickets for the equivalent date next year, at the same price, although, alternatively they may opt for credit, refund or donation. Once complete, the production will go on general sale later this summer.