Chichester Festival Theatre Listings

Please note: Chichester Festival Theatre tickets are available from the theatre directly, not from the Festival of Chichester box office.

2017 Summer Season

April 21-May 20, Festival Theatre.

FORTY YEARS ON by Alan Bennett; directed by Daniel Evans;

1968. A public school on the South Downs. The Headmaster is retiring and today is his last day. Daniel Evans will direct a cast which includes more than 50 local young people. Richard Wilson leads the cast

May 6-June 3, Minerva Theatre.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE; book and lyrics by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori; directed by Michael Longhurst

1963. This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to promise a “beautiful, uplifting and deeply-moving portrait of America.” Sharon D Clarke makes her Chichester debut.

June 2-24, Festival Theatre.

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH by Tennessee Williams; directed by Jonathan Kent

1956, a hotel on the Gulf of Mexico. Alexandra del Lago, a fading Hollywood legend, has fled the ridicule that greeted the premiere of her come-back movie. Marcia Gay Harden makes her UK theatre debut.

June 9-July 8, Minerva Theatre.

THE COUNTRY GIRLS by Edna O’Brien; directed by Lisa Blair

The 1950s. Rural Ireland. Kate and Baba are best friends who long to escape their traditional families and convent school.

July 10-August 26, Festival Theatre.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, based on the Sholem Aleichem Stories; directed by Daniel Evans

1905. Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his wife, Golde, are blessed with five witty and beautiful daughters. Omid Djalili makes his Chichester debut.

July 14-August 5, Minerva Theatre.

THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN, a new play by Deborah Bruce; directed by Jeremy Herrin

A residential street in south-east London. The house where reclusive siblings Peppy and Daniel were born is now stuffed full of everything they have ever owned.

August 11-September 9, Minerva Theatre.

THE STEPMOTHER by Githa Sowerby; directed by Richard Eyre

When the orphaned Lois Relph accepts a marriage proposal from an older man, Eustace Gaydon, she believes she’s been rescued from an uncertain future.

September 22-October 28, Minerva Theatre.

KING LEAR by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Munby

Two ageing fathers – one a king, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. The ensemble of actors includes Ian McKellen in the title role.

September 18-October 28, Festival Theatre.

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn; directed by Blanche McIntyre

An English country house. A summer weekend. A family gathering… This classic trio of interconnecting plays, seen from differing perspectives, is performed by one ensemble of actors.

November 3-December 2, Minerva Theatre.

QUIZ, a new play by James Graham; directed by Daniel Evans

The play offers a provocative re-examination of the conviction of Charles Ingram, ‘the coughing Major’, for cheating, following his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

August 4-19, Cass Sculpture Foundation.

PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD, adapted by Philip Wilson; directed by Dale Rooks

In a fantastical fairy tale world, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel follow their destinies.