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Latest casting for Festival 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre

Hedda Tesman

Haydn Gwynne will play the title role in Hedda Tesman

 In Plenty, Rory Keenan plays Raymond Brock opposite Rachael Stirling as Susan Traherne, with Anthony Calf and Yolanda Kettle also joining the company

 Bronté Barbé, Isaac Gryn, Emmanuel Kojo and Scott Karim join the company of Oklahoma!

 Denise Black and Matthew Cottle among the full cast confirmed for The Deep Blue Sea

Further casting is announced today for Festival 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Haydn Gwynne will make her Chichester debut in the title role of HEDDA TESMAN by Cordelia Lynn, after Henrik Ibsen. Holly Race Roughan directs this co-production with Headlong and The Lowry, running at the Minerva Theatre from 30 August – 28 September.

Among Haydn Gwynne’s many notable roles are Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (West End and Broadway), Margaret Thatcher in The Audience (West End), Mrs Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Volumnia in Coriolanus (RSC) and Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse), while her innumerable TV series include Peak Practice, Mersey Beat, Dalziel and Pasco, Rome, Drop the Dead Donkey and The Windsors.

Following its Chichester run, Hedda Tesman will play at The Lowry, Salford Quays from 3 – 19 October.

In David Hare’s PLENTYRory Keenan will play Raymond Brock opposite the previously announced Rachael Stirling as Susan Traherne. Kate Hewitt’s new production runs at the Festival Theatre from 7 – 29 June. Last seen at Chichester in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in 2015, Rory Keenan’s recent work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End and New York), Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse) and Liola (National Theatre), while television includes Versailles, Peaky Blinders and War and Peace.

Anthony Calf (as Sir Leonard Darwin) and Yolanda Kettle (Alice Park) both return to Chichester following 2015’s For Services Rendered; also in the Plenty cast are Micah Balfour, Alan Booty, Raphael Desprez, Gemma Dobson, Philippe Edwards, Louise Mai Newberry, Macy Nyman, Nick Sampson, Rupert Young and Ozzie Yue.

In Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, which Jeremy Sams directs in the Festival Theatre from 15 July – 7 September, the full company has been confirmed to join Josie Lawrence (Aunt Eller), Amara Okereke (Laurey) and Hyoie O’Grady (Curly). Making their Chichester debuts are Bronté Barbé (Beautiful, Over the Rainbow) as Ado Annie, Isaac Gryn (Bugsy Malone) as Will Parker and Emmanuel Kojo (Show Boat, Girl From The North Country) as Jud Fry, while Scott Karim (The Country Wife, Young Marx) returns to play Ali Hakim. The company is completed by Michelle Andrews, Georgie Ashford, Lindsay Atherton, Imogen Bailey, Jeremy Batt, Alex Christian, Nicolas Colicos, Christopher Dickins, Paige Fenlon, Alyn Hawke, Bethany Huckle, Emily Langham, Michael Lin, Rory Shafford, Jak Skelly, Rhys West and Anna Woodside.

Casting is also complete for Terence Rattigan’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which Paul Foster directs in the Minerva from 21 June – 27 July. Joining Nancy Carroll, Hadley Fraser and Gerald Kyd are Denise Black as Mrs Elton, Matthew Cottle as Mr Miller, Ralph Davis, Helena Wilson and Laurence Ubong Williams.

Chichester Festival Theatre FESTIVAL 2019 announcement

Daniel Evans

Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2019 has been announced today by Artistic Director Daniel Evans, offering the colourful variety of work for which Chichester is renowned. New for 2019 is The Spiegeltent, a unique venue for an eclectic range of events.

  • Festival 2019 includes powerful world premieres, two musicals, Shakespeare, pertinent revivals of 20th and 21st century classics and brand new family shows
  • Headline actors include Hugh Bonneville, Clare Burt, Nancy Carroll, Hadley Fraser, Sheila Hancock, Dervla Kirwan, Gerald Kyd, Josie Lawrence, James Nesbitt, Hyoie O’Grady, Amara Okereke, John Simm and Rachael Stirling
  • Directors new to the Festival are Nicole Charles, Paul Foster, Paul Miller, Daniel Hill and Holly Race Roughan, alongside Lucy Betts, Daniel Evans, Richard Eyre, Kate Hewitt, Rachel Kavanaugh, Dale Rooks and Jeremy Sams
  • Major revivals of classic and contemporary dramas:

Hugh Bonneville in SHADOWLANDS by William Nicholson, directed by

Rachel Kavanaugh Kate Hewitt directs Rachael Stirling in David Hare’s PLENTY Nancy Carroll plays Hester Collyer in Rattigan’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA,

directed by Paul Foster Paul Miller directs John Simm and Dervla Kirwan in Shakespeare’s

MACBETH An immersive staging of Roy Williams’s SING YER HEART OUT FOR

THE LADS directed by Nicole Charles

  • Four new plays:

8 HOTELS by Nicholas Wright, directed by Richard Eyre HEDDA TESMAN by Cordelia Lynn, after Henrik Ibsen, directed by

Holly Race Roughan in a co-production with Headlong and The Lowry Anna Ledwich, CFT’s new Writer-in-Residence, adapts Michael Morpurgo’s THE BUTTERFLY LION, directed by Dale Rooks Anna Ledwich also writes CROSSING LINES, a promenade production

for CFYT

  • Two musicals, one modern, one classic:

Tim Firth’s THIS IS MY FAMILY, with James Nesbitt, Sheila Hancock and

Clare Burt, directed by Daniel Evans Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! with Josie Lawrence, Hyoie

O’Grady and Amara Okereke, directed by Jeremy Sams

  • Chichester Festival Youth Theatre presents THE WIZARD OF OZ in the Festival Theatre for Christmas
  • 20,000 tickets at £10 in the Festival Theatre; over 10,000 £5 PROLOGUE tickets for 16 – 25 year olds

Daniel Evans said: ‘Festival 2019 continues our aim of giving audiences the breadth of work they expect and relish. We’re premiering four plays: two by our new Writer-in-Residence, Anna Ledwich, including a brand new adaptation of one of Michael Morpurgo’s own favourite books, The Butterfly Lion; Nicholas Wright’s fascinating 8 Hotels, which examines the political repercussions of private passions; and we’re delighted to be partnering with Headlong and The Lowry on Cordelia Lynn’s Hedda Tesman.

‘These, and our array of revivals and musicals, will be brought to life by an outstanding company of actors. Our directors include Nicole Charles, Kate Hewitt and Holly Race Roughan, all bright stars at the start of their careers, alongside the welcome Chichester debuts of Paul Foster and Paul Miller.

‘October will see the installation of The Spiegeltent, providing an immersive setting for Roy Williams’s Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, as well as an exciting range of events for all tastes. Chichester Festival Youth Theatre promenade a new play by Anna Ledwich through the streets of Chichester; and our ongoing Ageless campaign aims to ensure that theatre and live art remain at the heart of people’s lives, whatever their age and circumstance.

‘Our new Executive Director, Kathy Bourne, joins us in May; we both look forward to welcoming audiences to Festival 2019.’

FESTIVAL 2019 PRODUCTIONS – APRIL TO OCTOBER

THIS IS MY FAMILY A musical by Tim Firth Directed by Daniel Evans 20 April – 15 June, Minerva Theatre Press night: Monday 29 April

Imagine you’re a spirited 13-year-old and you’ve won – actually won – a magazine competition to describe your family. The prize is a dream holiday for the lot of you, anywhere in the world.

Except… Nicky’s family isn’t the blissfully happy bunch she’s described. More like the contestants in a gladiatorial arena, in fact. Where on earth can she take them that might make her wishful thinking a reality?

Winner of the 2013 UK Theatre Award for Best Musical, this hilarious musical comedy, which moves seamlessly between speech and song, is a celebration of the lifelong adventure that is family love.

Book, lyrics and music are by Tim Firth, the award-winning writer of many celebrated hits including Calendar Girls and Neville’s Island at Chichester. This is My Family is his first original solo musical. The production is directed by Artistic Director Daniel Evans whose previous work at Chichester includes Me and My Girl and Flowers for Mrs Harris (2018), Fiddler on the Roof and Quiz (2017).

James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, The Missing) makes his Chichester debut whilst Sheila Hancock makes a welcome return; her more recent work includes Sister Act in the West End. Clare Burt also returns to Chichester following her acclaimed performance in Flowers for Mrs Harris (2018). They are joined by Kirsty MacLaren, Rachel Lumberg and Scott Folan.

This Is My Family will be designed by Richard Kent, with musical supervision, musical direction and orchestrations by Caroline Humphris, lighting by David Plater, sound by Paul Arditti and movement by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.

SHADOWLANDS by William Nicholson Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh 26 April – 25 May, Festival Theatre Press night: Thursday 2 May

Celebrated writer C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, splits his time between an ordered domestic routine at home with his brother, Warnie, and the academic rigour of his dispassionate, all-male Oxford college.

His evenings are spent replying to his many correspondents. One stands out: vivid, expressive, New York poet Joy Gresham. When she arrives in England with her young son, Douglas, everything Lewis believed to be true about life and love is thrown into question. And a relationship begins which will take them both to the extremities of pain and joy.

William Nicholson’s much-loved play premiered in the West End in 1989, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and being nominated for a Tony Award on its subsequent Broadway run. Originally a 1985 television drama, it became a feature film in 1993.

Hugh Bonneville returns to Chichester to play Lewis, following his acclaimed performance in An Enemy of the People (2016). His many television and film appearances include Downton Abbey, W1A and Paddington.

Director Rachel Kavanaugh also returns to Chichester where her many productions include Single Spies and Half A Sixpence (2016) and The Winslow Boy (2017).

Shadowlands will be designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Howard Harrison, music by Catherine Jayes and sound by Fergus O’Hare.

PLENTY by David Hare Directed by Kate Hewitt 7 – 29 June, Festival Theatre Press night: Thursday 13 June

Susan Traherne is a former secret agent. Her heroic work with the Special Operations Executive in Nazi-occupied France brought her extremes of danger, as well as adventures and romance.

Twenty years on she is living a very different existence in London, as the wealthy wife of a diplomat. Her strained marriage and altered circumstances have threatened her identity and trapped her in a destructive nostalgia for her wartime idealism.

In a post-war land of plenty, Susan battles for her own body and mind, as Britain loses its role in the world.

Using a non-linear structure, the drama dips backwards and forwards in time to explore how the past and present coexist.

On its first appearance at the National Theatre in 1978, David Hare’s play caused a furore and is now accepted as a modern classic. His previous plays for Chichester include South Downs (2011) and Young Chekhov (2015).

Kate Hewitt directs, following her acclaimed production of Cock (Festival 2018). Her productions also include Frost/Nixon at Sheffield and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic.

Rachael Stirling plays Susan Traherne; her recent work includes Medea (Headlong) and The Winter’s Tale (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), and The Bletchley Circle and Detectorists on television.

Plenty will be designed by Georgia Lowe.

THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Terence Rattigan Directed by Paul Foster 21 June – 27 July, Minerva Theatre Press night: Friday 28 June

  1. In a shabby Ladbroke Grove flat, Hester Collyer’s neighbours find her unconscious; she has taken an overdose in front of the gas fire. Their only option is to notify her husband – a pillar of the establishment.

But Hester left her husband the previous year to embark upon a passionate love affair with dashing ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page. What has happened in her life to make her want to end it? And can she bring herself to go on living?

This searing play takes place over the course of one day, in one room, and offers a devastating examination of the adverse forces of love and solitude. Rattigan based the play in part on the tragic outcome of his own clandestine love affair and created one of the twentieth century’s finest leading roles for a woman.

Paul Foster’s recent directing credits include A Little Night Music at the Watermill and Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

Nancy Carroll (Hester Collyer) received the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress for Rattigan’s After the Dance at the National Theatre; her recent work includes The Moderate Soprano (West End), Closer (Donmar Warehouse) and Father Brown on television.

Hadley Fraser (Freddie Page) last appeared at Chichester in The Pajama Game (2013); his recent stage credits include Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse). Gerald Kyd (Sir William Collyer) appeared at Chichester in The Meeting (2018); his National Theatre work includes Three Winters.

The Deep Blue Sea will be designed by Peter McKintosh with lighting by Natasha Chivers, music by Debbie Wiseman and sound by George Dennis.

OKLAHOMA! Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs Original choreography by Agnes de Mille Directed by Jeremy Sams 15 July – 7 September, Festival Theatre Press night: Monday 22 July

Handsome cowboy Curly McLain is head over spurs for local farm owner Laurey Williams. But lonely ranch-hand Jud Fry has his sinister sights set on her too.

And Laurey’s not the only girl with cowboy problems. Ado Annie’s beau Will Parker is back from chasing steers in Kansas City, where he won the fifty dollars her father insists Will must have to marry her. But this irrepressible farm girl won’t be bought quite so easily.

Luckily for this love-struck crew of spirited ranchers and bronco busters, wise Aunt Eller is riding ahead of the herd.

With its glorious score and spirit of exuberant optimism, Oklahoma! is the American musical by which all others are judged. Rodgers and Hammerstein broke new ground in perfectly integrating music and dance to tell a story whose darker undercurrents never overwhelm its rapturous vitality. Among the unforgettable songs are Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top and the show-stopper Oklahoma.

Jeremy Sams returns to Chichester to direct; his award-winning productions in London and New York include The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Noises Off and Spend, Spend, Spend. Set designs are by Robert Jones whose extensive work at Chichester includes Mack & Mabel and Kiss Me, Kate. Choreography is by Matt Cole whose recent work includes Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End.

Josie Lawrence, whose stage work ranges from Shakespeare at the RSC and Globe to The King and I in the West End, plays Aunt Eller. Her extensive television credits include Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Humans and Outside Edge, and she makes regular appearances at the Comedy Store.

Hyoie O’Grady plays Curly; he recently played Enroljas in Les Misérables in the West End, having graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Arts last year.

Also making her Chichester debut, as Laurey, is Amara Okereke, winner of the 2018 Stage Debut Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Cosette in Les Misérables.

Costume designs are by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, with musical supervision, musical direction and dance arrangements by Nigel Lilley, orchestrations by David Cullen, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis.

There will be a Relaxed performance of Oklahoma! on 29 August at 2.30pm, especially suitable for individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum, sensory and communication disorders or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.

8 HOTELS A new play by Nicholas Wright Directed by Richard Eyre 1 – 24 August, Minerva Theatre Press night: Wednesday 7 August

  1. America. Celebrated actor, singer and political campaigner Paul Robeson – forever associated with ‘Ol’ Man River’ – is touring the country as the eponymous hero in Shakespeare’s Othello. His Desdemona is the brilliant young actress Uta Hagen. Her husband, the Broadway star José Ferrer, plays Iago.

All the actors are friends. But in mid-century American society, they are not all equals.

As the tour goes on, the boundaries between the onstage passions and their offstage lives begin to blur. Soon the chemistry between Robeson and Hagen and the rivalry between Robeson and Ferrer is every bit as dangerous as that between their famous characters. Revenge takes many forms and in post-war America it isn’t always purely personal – it can be disturbingly political too.

Nicholas Wright’s new play is based on true events involving some of the twentieth century’s most influential American artists. His original plays include Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Festival 2011) and, for the National Theatre, Mrs Klein, Vincent in Brixton (Olivier Award for Best New Play) and The Reporter, both directed by Richard Eyre.

Director Richard Eyre makes a welcome return to Chichester, following The Stepmother (2017). A former Director of the National Theatre, his recent films include King Lear and The Children Act.

The production will be designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by John Leonard.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre CROSSING LINES A new play by Anna Ledwich Directed by Daniel Hill August, Promenade

  1. A West Sussex city. A celebration of a war hard won. A community dances, drinks and gives thanks for a narrow escape.
  2. Under the shadow of invasion, the city’s young are offered up once more to a conflict on foreign soil.
  3. The same city and a new threat is looming. Borders are collapsing. Communities uprooted. People are on the move. There is only one route to safety and only one means of communication, via the airwaves… but can they be trusted?

Three stories connect across time and across technologies as history haunts the present and secrets are unearthed by a community in turmoil. Using digital technology and live action, this promenade performance through the streets of Chichester asks: can an individual alter history by changing the channel?

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s renowned biennial outdoor productions include Grimm Tales (2017) and the award-winning Running Wild (2015).

CFT’s new Writer-in-Residence, Anna Ledwich adapted Beauty and the Beast for CFYT in 2017 and was co-Artistic Director of Theatre on the Fly at Chichester in 2012. Director Daniel Hill has devised and directed over 40 productions for young people, including promenade productions of Alice’s Adventures and Wind in the Willows.

Recommended for ages 7+. Performance dates will be announced in May.

Crossing Lines will be designed by Ryan Dawson Laight, with sound and music by David Lewington and movement by Zoie Golding.

HEDDA TESMAN By Cordelia Lynn After Henrik Ibsen Directed by Holly Race Roughan A co-production with Headlong and The Lowry 30 August – 28 September, Minerva Theatre Press night: Thursday 5 September

A doting husband. A troubled writer. A loaded gun. It’s 2019 and Hedda Tesman returns to a life she can’t seem to escape.

After thirty years of playing wife, Hedda is bitter and bored. When her estranged daughter, Thea, suddenly reappears asking for help, the present begins to echo the past and Hedda embarks on a path of destruction.

Cordelia Lynn’s Hedda Tesman breathes new life into Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, asking what we inherit, what we endure and how we carry our history. Holly Race Roughan directs this vital exploration of motherhood, power and sabotage.

Cordelia Lynn was the recipient of the 2017 Harold Pinter Commission. Her works includes One for Sorrow and Lela and Co for the Royal Court and the libretto for Miranda at the Opéra Comique, Paris. Her plays Best Served Cold (Vaults Festival) and Believers Anonymous (Rosemary Branch) were both directed by Holly Race Roughan.

Hedda Tesman will be designed by Anna Fleischle.

This Headlong co-production will play at The Lowry, Salford for three weeks, immediately following the Chichester run.

MACBETH by William Shakespeare Directed by Paul Miller 21 September – 26 October, Festival Theatre Press night: Friday 27 September

Much celebrated for his forthright bravery, Macbeth is a state hero. After the bloody defeat of a rebel army, he encounters a trio of strangers who predict that one day he will be King. Having delivered their ambiguous message, they vanish, leaving a mind cracked open.

Fearing that her husband lacks the vital drive to take charge of his fate, Lady Macbeth invokes her stronger nature to fulfil their destiny. The plan she hatches will trigger an uncontrollable train of events, hurtling two corrupted souls to the heart of darkness.

In this contemporary production, Shakespeare’s great tragedy shows ambition falling headlong into tyranny and chaos. As appearances increasingly deceive, the nature of reality itself comes into question.

Paul Miller is Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. He was previously Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, where his productions included John Simm’s Hamlet.

John Simm makes his Chichester debut in the title role. Among his extensive screen and stage work, recent credits include Strangers, Collateral and Doctor Who on television, and Pinter at the Pinter: Six (West End).

Dervla Kirwan plays Lady Macbeth. Her stage work includes Goneril in King Lear (2017), Frankie and Johnny (2014) and Uncle Vanya (2012) at Chichester and, most recently, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Young Vic). She also appeared in Strangers alongside John Simm.

Macbeth will be designed by Simon Daw, with lighting by Mark Doubleday.

SING YER HEART OUT FOR THE LADS by Roy Williams Directed by Nicole Charles 5 October – 2 November, The Spiegeltent Press night: Thursday 10 October

Saturday 7 October. Gina, landlady of The King George pub, has a lot on her plate. The England vs Germany World Cup qualifying match is about to start, the pub football team is about to charge in and the TV’s on the blink.

Over the next few hours, national defeat looms and xenophobic tensions rise, fuelled by the inarticulate fury of the pub team captain, Lawrie, and the insidious propaganda of right-wing extremist Alan. And while policeman Lee struggles to keep the peace, disillusioned squaddie Mark and Gina’s bullied son Glen are fighting their own demons.

Premiered at the National Theatre in 2002, Roy Williams’s ferocious, funny and disturbing play takes aim at what it means to be black, white and English in twenty-first century Britain. Scoring high on foul language, threat and vulgar humour, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Roy Williams’s award-winning plays have also been staged at the RSC and the Royal Court. Nicole Charles’s recent work includes Emilia at Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End.

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads will be performed in The Spiegeltent, which will be transformed into a pub setting to create an immersive theatrical experience.

Please note this play contains extremely strong language that some people may find upsetting. Recommended for ages 16+

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THE BUTTERFLY LION By Michael Morpurgo A new adaptation by Anna Ledwich Directed by Dale Rooks 5 October – 9 November, Minerva Theatre Press night: Monday 14 October

When Bertie is sent away from the African farm of his childhood to school in England, he leaves behind not only his beloved mother and the beautiful land, swarming with wildlife, but also his best friend – a white lion he rescued as a cub.

Bertie’s struggle to adjust to his new life in harsh, grey England is alleviated only by a chance friendship with the equally lonely Millie and his dreams of his treasured lion, now trapped in a French circus. But their remarkable journey is only just beginning, and the pair are destined to meet again.

The Butterfly Lion combines music, design and puppetry to bring a magical adventure to life: celebrating nature, friendship and the triumph of love.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel, which won the Smarties Prize and the Writers’ Guild Award, this new stage adaptation is written by CFT’s Writer-in-Residence Anna Ledwich and directed by Dale Rooks whose many Chichester productions include The Midnight Gang (2018) and Running Wild (2015).

Recommended for ages 7+.

The Butterfly Lion will be designed by Simon Higlett, with music by Tom Brady, movement by Naomi Said, puppetry by Nick Barnes and additional music by Luyanda Lennox Jezile.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg Background music by Herbert Stothart Dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay Directed by Lucy Betts 14 – 29 December, Festival Theatre

When Dorothy runs away from her home in Kansas with her faithful dog Toto, she’s caught up in a terrifying cyclone and finds herself in the strange and magical land of Oz.

There she encounters a host of curious and enchanting characters. Accompanied by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, can Dorothy escape the Wicked Witch of the West, reach the Emerald City and find the mysterious Wizard of Oz?

Don your ruby slippers and join Chichester Festival Youth Theatre as they journey along the yellow brick road in a wonderful adventure for all the family.

This faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and features all the beloved songs from the 1939 classic film, including Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

Lucy Betts, who directed 2018’s Sleeping Beauty, takes the reins again for another stunning festive production from the remarkable CFYT.

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Recommended for ages 7+. There will be a Relaxed performance of The Wizard of Oz on 27 December at 2pm.

The set will be designed by Simon Higlett, with costumes by Ryan Dawson Laight, lighting by James Whiteside and sound by Gregory Clarke.

FESTIVAL 2019 EVENTS A programme of talks and activities will offer extra insight into Festival 2019. Highlights include talks with Tim Firth, Sheila Hancock and Roy Williams; a centenary celebration of Iris Murdoch; and a literary lunch with Daniel Rosenthal discussing his collection of letters from the National Theatre archive. Sweatbox: A Prison Van in Motion is an immersive theatre experience offering a unique insight into the criminal justice system, performed by members of Clean Break.

Family friendly events range from Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna reading extracts from The Butterfly Lion to community singalong Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’, and workshops for young people inspired by C.S. Lewis and Macbeth.

Kate Mosse hosts a full programme of Pre- and Post-Show Discussions on each production.

THE SPIEGELTENT In October 2019, a Spiegeltent will be installed next to the Festival Theatre on Oaklands Park – a unique venue with its own personality, style and atmosphere. As well as providing an immersive experience for Roy Williams’s Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, it will play host to an eclectic mix of cabaret, music and special events: from a comedy club and drag night, to a quiz, a Prologue scratch night and the annual Fun Palaces celebration on 6 October. The full programme will be announced in May.

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BOOKING INFORMATION

Priority booking for Friends of Chichester Festival Theatre opens: Saturday 23 February (online and booking forms only) Wednesday 27 February (phone and in person)

Booking for Groups and Schools opens: Thursday 28 February

General booking opens: Saturday 2 March (online only) Tuesday 5 March (phone and in person)

Booking for Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads and Crossing Lines opens: Friends and Supporters: Friday 31 May General: Saturday 1 June Full details to be announced.

cft.org.uk Box Office 01243 781312 Tickets from £10

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Prologue: £5 tickets for 16 – 25s Over 10,000 £5 tickets are available for 16 to 25 year-olds for all productions throughout Festival 2019; sign up for free at cft.org.uk/prologue. Members also have access to a range of exclusive events.

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Festival 2019 sponsors This Is My Family is sponsored by Genesis Town Planning and Reynolds Fine Furniture Shadowlands is sponsored by Oldham Seals Group Plenty is sponsored by Lancing College The Deep Blue Sea is sponsored by ITD Consultants Oklahoma! is sponsored by Conquest Bespoke Furniture and Henry Adams 8 Hotels is sponsored by University of Chichester Crossing Lines is sponsored by Seaward Properties Hedda Tesman is sponsored by Wiley Macbeth is sponsored by Harwoods Group Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads is sponsored by Genesis Town Planning The Butterfly Lion is sponsored by Covers Timber & Builders Merchants The Wizard of Oz is sponsored by James Todd & Co

Festival 2019 press nights

This Is My Family, Minerva Theatre Monday 29 April, 7.00pm Shadowlands, Festival Theatre Thursday 2 May, 7.00pm Plenty, Festival Theatre Thursday 13 June, 7.00pm The Deep Blue Sea, Minerva Theatre Friday 28 June, 7.00pm Oklahoma!, Festival Theatre Monday 22 July, 7.00pm 8 Hotels, Minerva Theatre Wednesday 7 August, 7.00pm Hedda Tesman, Minerva Theatre Thursday 5 September, 7.00pm Macbeth, Festival Theatre Friday 27 September, 7.00pm Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, Spiegeltent Thursday 10 October, 7.00pm The Butterfly Lion, Minerva Theatre Monday 14 October, 7.00pm

Rachel Tackley to step down as Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre

Rachel Tackley
Rachel Tackley

Rachel Tackley

Rachel Tackley today announced that she will step down as Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre at the end of the Festival season.

Rachel Tackley said:

‘After working with Daniel Evans to produce two hugely successful festivals, I have decided to step down at the end of Festival 2018. I have loved being part of Chichester Festival Theatre, and it has been thrilling to drive the Theatre forward to its next chapter. However, despite our achievements over the last two years, Daniel and I agree that our differing leadership styles are not the right combination for the Theatre at this point. I have therefore decided that the time is right for me to step down. I am proud of what we have achieved in diversifying the work and placing the Theatre firmly in the community it serves, whilst continuing to enjoy success in transferring productions to the West End, and I wish all my colleagues at CFT the very best for the future.’

 Sir William Castell, Chairman of Chichester Festival Theatre, said:

‘Rachel has made a major contribution to the success of Chichester Festival Theatre over the last two years. Her passion, commitment and leadership have enabled the Theatre to produce its two most successful festivals to date. Rachel is a powerful advocate for the arts and a compelling champion of the impact of theatre nationally. The Board will miss her flair and good judgement and wish her every success.’

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First Look: Production Photos: FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS at Chichester Festival Theatre

KING LEAR in the West End announces £5 tickets for 16-25 year olds as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Prologue scheme

Ian McKellen in the title role of KING LEAR at Chichester Festival Theatre. © Manuel Harlan
Ian McKellen in the title role of KING LEAR at Chichester Festival Theatre. © Manuel Harlan

Ian McKellen in the title role of KING LEAR at Chichester Festival Theatre. © Manuel Harlan

Chichester Festival Theatre’s highly successful Prologue scheme, which enables 16-25 year olds to purchase £5 tickets across all productions in the theatre’s Festival season, has been extended to include the eagerly anticipated West End run of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

With an ensemble cast including Ian McKellen (King Lear), Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester) and Kirsty Bushell (Regan), this critically-acclaimed production, directed by Jonathan Munby, will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London for 100 performances only from 11th July to 3rd November 2018, following a sold-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre last year.

The limited number of £5 Prologue tickets to King Lear can be purchased by 16-25 year olds, on the day of performance and in person from the Duke of York’s Box Office, when proof of age ID will be required.

Chichester Festival Theatre is committed to providing affordable tickets to world-class theatre, and particularly in reaching and growing younger audiences with the aim of encouraging independent theatregoing and kick-starting a life-long love of theatre in young people. Under the leadership of Daniel Evans (Artistic Director) and Rachel Tackley (Executive Director), the price of Prologue tickets for 16 to 25 year olds has been brought down to £5 with tickets made available for all productions in the Festival season including talks with casts and creatives, late night cabarets and other social events for young theatregoers.

For further information and to sign up to the Prologue scheme, visit the Chichester Festival Theatre website.

The cast of King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre will include Kirsty Bushell (Regan), Richard Clews (Gentleman Informer / Old Man), James Corrigan(Edmund), Sinéad Cusack (Kent), John Hastings (Curan / Doctor), Anthony Howell (Albany), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), Jake Mann (Burgundy / Lear’s Knight), Michael Matus (Oswald), Ian McKellen (King Lear), James MillardJohanne MurdockJessica Murrain, Claire Price (Goneril), Daniel Rabin (Cornwall), Caleb Roberts (King of France), Scott Sparrow (Albany’s Man), Luke Thompson (Edgar), Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia), John Vernon, and Danny Webb (Gloucester).

It is also announced that King Lear will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally on Thursday 27th September with National Theatre Live. NT Live currently screens to 2500 venues across 60 countries.

Two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.

Tender, brutal, moving and epic, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written.

ATG Productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions present Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of King Lear by William Shakespeare which is directed by Jonathan Munby, designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, music and sound by Ben Ringham and Max Ringham, with movement direction by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Kate Waters.

LISTINGS

KING LEAR
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Munby

Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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Performance schedule:

First performance: 11th July 2018
Final performance: 3rd November 2018
Opening Night: 26th July 2018

Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 7pm
Saturday matinee at 1.30pm

Running time: 3 hours and 20 minutes including one interval

Box office details:

Website: KingLearWestEnd.com
Telephone: 020 8544 7469
Prices from: £25 (Prologue tickets for 16-25 year olds are £5)
No late admittance

 Full cast announced for PRESENT LAUGHTER at Chichester Festival Theatre

Present Laughter
Present Laughter

Present Laughter

The full company is announced today for the opening production of Chichester’s Festival 2018, Noël Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER. Directed by Sean Foley, the cast is led by Rufus Hound as Garry Essendine, Katherine Kingsley as Liz Essendine and Tracy-Ann Oberman as Monica Reed.

They are joined by: Ben Allen (Roland Maule), Delroy Atkinson (Fred), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Joanna Lyppiatt), Lizzy Connolly (Daphne Stillington), Emilio Doorgasingh(Henry Lyppiatt), Tamzin Griffin (Miss Erikson), Carol Macready (Lady Saltburn) and Richard Mylan (Morris Dixon).

Present Laughter plays at the Festival Theatre from 20 April – 12 May, with a press night on 26 April. This sparkling comedy about sex, fame and the theatre itself – and a man wrestling with his own self-image – is widely regarded as Noël Coward’s most autobiographical play.

Actor Garry Essendine is at the height of his fame. He’s handsome, witty, surrounded by adoring fans, and about to take his latest theatrical hit overseas. He’s also in the middle of a raging mid-life crisis.

Holed up in his studio, he is assailed from all quarters: a beautiful debutante wants to bed him, an aspiring playwright from Uckfield wants to worship him, and his own producer’s wife wants to… well, what exactly does she want? Under the sardonic eye of his long-suffering secretary, Monica, and the unshockable gaze of his estranged but determined wife, Garry struggles to keep all the balls in the air.

 Actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound returns to Chichester following Neville’s Island (2013). His stage work also includes the National Theatre’s One Man, Two GuvnorsDirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Wind in the Willows in the West End, Don Quixote for the RSC and The War of the Roses at the Rose, Kingston. His extensive screen work includes The Wedding Video, Trollied, Drunk History, Doctor Who and Zapped.

 Katherine Kingsley plays Liz; she received her third Olivier Award nomination for her role as Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain at CFT and in London. Her West End work also includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michael Grandage Company) and Marlene Dietrich in Piaf (Donmar Warehouse).

Tracy-Ann Oberman plays Monica, returning to Chichester after playing Golde in the hit production of Fiddler On The Roof at Chichester last summer. Her stage credits also include Boeing-Boeing and Stepping Out in the West End, while extensive TV work includes New Tricks, EastEnders, Toast of London and Friday Night Dinner.

 Sean Foley’s West End productions include The Painkiller, Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Olivier Award for Best Comedy), The LadykillersThe Dresser (at Chichester in 2016) and the multi award-winning The Play What I Wrote.

 Present Laughter will be designed by Alice Power, with lighting by Mark Henderson, music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham, and movement by Lizzi Gee.

Present Laughter is sponsored by Harwoods Group and Wiley.

EVENTS

Pre-Show Talk with Sean Foley      Wednesday 25 April, 5.45pm

Free but booking essential.

 Post-Show Talk                                 Thursday 3 May

Stay after the performance to ask questions, meet company members and discover more. Free.

Celebrating Noël Coward

Two play readings of rarely performed works; tickets £5.

Peace in Our Time                            Saturday 28 April, 10am

Post Mortem                                      Saturday 19 May, 10am

Play Power: Present Laughter        Saturday 5 May, 12 noon

In partnership with the University of Chichester, a panel discussion led by Professor Simon Barker exploring key themes in Coward’s works including class, relationships and self-deprecation. Free but booking essential.

Noël’s War                                         Saturday 12 May, 10am

Noël Coward’s war experiences are told in his own words with songs, letters and diary entries written by “The Master”, presented by members of the company. Tickets £5.

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

Box Office 01243 781312

Online cft.org.uk

 

Tickets from £10. Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year olds for £5.

Press night: Thursday 26 April

Patricia Hodge, Matt Lucas & Tracy-Ann Oberman join Chichester’s Festival 2018 company

Festival 2018
Festival 2018

Festival 2018

Further lead casting is announced today for Festival 2018 at Chichester Festival Theatre. Matt Lucas makes his Chichester debut as Bill Snibson, the Cockney barrow boy who discovers he’s an Earl, in Daniel Evans’s new production of ME AND MY GIRLTracy-Ann Obermanreturns to the Festival Theatre as Monica in Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER; while Patricia Hodge also makes a welcome return as Margrethe Bohr in Michael Frayn’s COPENHAGEN. Public booking for all Festival productions opens this Saturday, 3 March.

Daniel Evans, Chichester’s Artistic Director, says: ‘We’re really delighted to welcome such excellent actors to Chichester this summer. Our audiences will be familiar with Tracy-Ann Oberman from our production of Fiddler On The Roof last summer and Patricia Hodge from Travels With My Aunt in the 2016 season. It’s also wonderful to be able to introduce our audiences to faces that are new to West Sussex and I’m particularly excited to be directing Matt Lucas in Me and My Girl.

‘The musical is rooted firmly in the British music hall tradition and the part of Bill Snibson, our working class hero, requires an actor with funny bones, effortless wit and an innate charm.  Matt has these in spades. I can’t wait to see how his unique, inventive comedic talent lights up our main stage this summer at CFT.’

Patricia Hodge joins Charles Edwards and Paul Jesson in Michael Frayn’s award-winning three-hander, COPENHAGEN (17 August – 22 September). Her most recent Chichester appearance was in Travels with My Aunt (2016); her many television credits include Miranda andDownton Abbey. Her extensive West End and UK theatre work includes Frayn’s Noises OffSummerfolk and Money (Olivier Award) at the National Theatre.

 Matt Lucas will lead the cast of the uproarious musical comedy ME AND MY GIRL (2 July – 25 August) alongside Caroline Quentin, who plays the Duchess. Known to a television audience of millions for the smash hit TV series Little Britain, his theatre work includes the role of Thenardier in Les Misérables in the West End. His recent screen credits include Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland, Paddington and Bridesmaids.

Tracy-Ann Oberman will play Monica in Coward’s glittering comedy PRESENT LAUGHTER (20 April – 12 May), joining Rufus Hound as Gary Essendine. She played Golde in the hit production of Fiddler On The Roof at Chichester last summer; her stage credits also includeBoeing-Boeing and Stepping Out in the West End, while extensive TV work includes New Tricks, EastEnders and Friday Night Dinner.

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James Graham’s critically acclaimed play Quiz transfers to the West End

QUIZ by Graham, , Writer – James Graham, Director – Daniel Evans, Credit: Johan Persson

With Labour of Love and Ink currently running in the West End, James Graham achieves a hat trick as his sell-out ‘major coughing hit’, Quiz, transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre. A provocative re-examination of the conviction of Charles Ingram for cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?Quiz ‘highlights the dangerous blending of entertainment, politics and justice today.’ (Sunday Times). Quiz opens on 10 April 2018, with previews from 31 March, and runs for a strictly limited London season until 16 June.

Daniel Evans’ production marks the second London transfer for Chichester Festival Theatre – and the first to the West End – under the tenure of Daniel Evans as Artistic Director and Rachel Tackley as Executive Director.

James Graham commented, “Being given the chance to share Quiz with more people – and with the opportunity to develop and push our gameshow-meets-theatre concept even further – is beyond exciting for all of us.

“I would never have imagined years ago I’d get a chance to put any of my new plays into the West End. So to be able to return so quickly to the Noël Coward – which has been the happiest of homes for Labour of Love – feels surprising, and properly humbling to have the trust, belief, and support in the show from our producers, the amazing Daniel Evans, and the team of actors and creators who help me tell this gobsmacking story of the so-called Coughing Major and the most successful game show of all time.”

Daniel Evans said today, “It’s been an enormous privilege to have presented James Graham’s Quiz as part of our inaugural season at Chichester.  James is an exceptional writer with a knack for examining our recent history through an alternative lens. We’re thrilled to be able to revisit the production for the West End, and share Chichester’s work with a wider audience.”

James Graham’s theatre work includes Labour of Love (Noël Coward Theatre), Ink (Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre – nominated for Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards), This House (National Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play, and Garrick Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival),Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse, broadcast live on More4 on election night and nominated for Best Live Event at the BAFTA TV awards), The Angry Brigade (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Paines Plough), the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, written with Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), The Man (Finborough Theatre and on tour), The Whisky Taster (Bush Theatre) and Tory Boyz (Soho Theatre). As Writer in Residence at the Finborough Theatre his plays include Albert’s Boy, Eden’s Empire and Sons of York. His television writing includes political drama Coalition (Channel 4), Prisoner’s Wives (BBC1) and Caught in a Trap (ITV1). His first feature film X+Y was released in 2015 after being selected at the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival, winner of the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Debut Screenplay. His forthcoming work includes The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts (Hull Truck as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017), and the film Gypsy Boy.

Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre Daniel Evans directs. His work for the company includes Forty Years On and Fiddler on the Roof. He was previously Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, where he directed Flowers for Mrs Harris,  Show Boat (also West End), The EffectAnything Goes (also UK tour), The Sheffield Mysteries, Oliver! (Best Musical Production, WhatsOnStage Awards 2015), This Is My Family (UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production – also on tour), The Full Monty (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production – also national tour and West End), My Fair Lady (Best Musical ProductionWhatsOnStage Awards 2014),Macbeth, OthelloRacing Demon as part of The David Hare Season, and An Enemy of the People – the opening production of his inaugural season. He also recently directed American Buffalo in the West End. As an actor, his work for Sheffield Theatres includes Company, The Pride, Cloud Nine and The Tempest. An award-winning actor and director, Evans’ work includes Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway) – a role for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (his second Olivier Award, the first being for Merrily We Roll Along in 2001) and a Tony Award nomination.  His extensive credits include work with the Donmar Warehouse, RSC, Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre.  Evans is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Quiz is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed.

Quiz                                                                                                                                                          LISTINGS

Noël Coward Theatre

St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9LX

www.quiztheplay.com 

www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Twitter @quiztheplay

Box Office:                         0844 482 5141(no booking fee)

                                             Personal callers Mon-Sat 10am-curtain up (No booking fee)

                                             Telephone Mon-Sat 9am-8pm

31 March – 16 June

Press night: 10 April at 7pm

Performance times:

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (from 7 April)

Wednesday matinees at 2.30pm (from 4 April, except 11 April)

Thursday matinee at 2:30pm on 12 April only

Seat Prices

£15, £27.50, £42.50 & £67.50 with £95 Premium (no booking fee when booked via DMT)

Day Seats

A limited number of tickets will be available daily from 10.30am, to be purchased in person, from the Box Office. Maximum 2 tickets per person. Excludes certain performances.

Standing

£15 tickets available on the day once the performance is sold out

Groups – subject to availability.

Groups 8+ at £45 valid Monday – Thursday

Tel for groups: 0844 482 5100 / Tel for schools: 0844 482 5165

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First Look: Production photos for James Graham’s new play QUIZ, which opens at Chichester Festival Theatre this Friday 10 November