2019 Summer Season
Please note: Chichester Festival Theatre tickets are available from the theatre directly, not from the Festival of Chichester box office.
April 20-June 15
THIS IS MY FAMILY, a musical by Tim Firth, directed by Daniel Evans, Minerva Theatre.
Imagine you’re a spirited 13-year-old and you’ve won – actually won – a magazine competition to describe your family. James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, The Missing) makes his Chichester debut whilst Sheila Hancock makes a welcome return.
April 26-May 25
SHADOWLANDS by William Nicholson, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, Festival Theatre.
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. Hugh Bonneville returns to Chichester following his acclaimed performance in An Enemy of the People (2016).
PLENTY by David Hare, directed by Kate Hewitt, Festival Theatre.
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.
June 21-July 27
THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Terence Rattigan, directed by Paul Foster, Minerva Theatre.
1951. 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.
July 15-September 7
OKLAHOMA! music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, directed by Jeremy Sams, Festival Theatre.
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.
8 HOTELS: a new play by Nicholas Wright. Directed by Richard Eyre, Minerva Theatre.
1944. 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.
Performance dates will be announced in May.
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre: CROSSING LINES, a new play by Anna Ledwich, directed by Daniel Hill.
August, Promenade. Three stories connect across time and across technologies as history haunts the present and secrets are unearthed by a community in turmoil.
August 30-September 28
HEDDA TESMAN by Cordelia Lynn; after Henrik Ibsen; directed by Holly Race Roughan, Minerva Theatre.
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.
September 21-October 26
MACBETH by William Shakespeare, directed by Paul Miller, Festival Theatre.
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. John Simm makes his Chichester debut in the title role.
October 5-November 2
SING YER HEART OUT FOR THE LADS by Roy Williams, directed by Nicole Charles.
The Spiegeltent. 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.
October 5-November 9
THE BUTTERFLY LION by Michael Morpurgo, a new adaptation by Anna Ledwich, directed by Dale Rooks, Minerva Theatre.
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.
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre: THE WIZARD OF OZ by L Frank Baum, adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay, directed by Lucy Betts, 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.
Tickets from £10
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