Theatre

Chichester theatre performances

Saturday, June 13, 11am.

TALKING HEADS BY ALAN BENNETT, CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, 15 ST JOHN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UU.

A Chip in The Sugar read by Stuart Smithers. Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s best loved and most highly acclaimed writers. The six dramatic monologues that make up Talking Heads were presented by the BBC in 1988. The Chichester Community Theatre are presenting five of these plays as rehearsed readings. There are certain recurrent themes such as guilt, death, illness and loneliness. Free entry. No advance booking. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 13, 3pm and 7.30pm.

PROMISE, FEEL FLOWS THEATRE, THE CHAPEL, BISHOP OTTER CAMPUS, COLLEGE LANE, CHICHESTER, PO19 6PE.

Promise – a performance looking at the nature of humanity, providing an opportunity to reflect on the preciousness of life on hearing real-life stories of suicides from the months leading up to the start of the First World War. Based on the manuscript Suicide Notes by Random House author Peter Doggett. Tickets £10; students £5. Disabled access.


Sunday, June 14, 3pm and 7.30pm.

PROMISE, FEEL FLOWS THEATRE, THE CHAPEL, BISHOP OTTER CAMPUS, COLLEGE LANE, CHICHESTER, PO19 6PE.

Promise – a performance looking at the nature of humanity, providing an opportunity to reflect on the preciousness of life on hearing real-life stories of suicides from the months leading up to the start of the First World War. Based on the manuscript Suicide Notes by Random House author Peter Doggett. Tickets £10; students £5. Disabled access.


Sunday June 14, 6.30pm.

LINES OF ENQUIRY – A ONE-MAN CRIME SHOW, BINSTED ARTS FESTIVAL, ST MARY’S CHURCH, BINSTED LANE, BINSTED, BN18 0LL.

Written and performed by Simon Brett, Arundel-based crime writer, author of over 100 books and recipient of the Diamond Dagger award, this one-man rhyming crime show wittily sends up all the cliches of the TV police procedural. The concluding event of the three-day Binsted Arts Festival. Tickets £12. Flat access from road and ramp to enter church, suitable for wheelchair users.


Sunday, June 14, 7pm.

DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE, ISOSCELES, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, ST JOHN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UR.

Festival regulars Isosceles bring this fast-paced adaptation of Stevenson’s classic novel which has enthralled audiences throughout Britain and Ireland, playing to packed houses everywhere. ‘Impressive… done in fine style… a very good version of a great story’ – The Scotsman. ‘A packed audience sat rapt at such conversely dark materials’ – Glasgow Herald. www.isosceles.biz. Tickets £14; seniors £12; students £12; children £12. Disabled access.


Sunday, June 14, 7.30pm.

JANE EYRE – CHARLOTTE BRONTE, THIS IS MY THEATRE, THE GUILDHALL, PRIORY PARK, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NS.

Adapted by Ethan Taylor; music by Simon Stallard. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Bronte’s exquisite novel, deemed ahead of its time, is reimagined for the stage with traditional folk music woven into this love story of excitement and intrigue. Tickets £12.50; children under 16 £5; family (2+2) £32. Disabled access.


Sunday, June 14, 7.30pm.

LITTLE LILY HARVEY, THE RUDE MECHANICAL OPEN AIR THEATRE, HALNAKER PARK COTTAGE GARDEN, PARK LANE, HALNAKER, PO18 0QH.

The Rudes’ new play is about the sad childhood of Charlie Chaplin whose mother’s stage name was Lily Harvey, growing up in Lambeth. Presented in their unique mad-cap style with music, mime, mayhem and much pathos. Come early (from 3pm) to enjoy the garden, swim, live music, cook on barbecues, picnic. Bring low chairs, warm clothing, food, family and friends. Tickets £18; seniors £17; students £13; children £10. Disabled access.


Monday, June 15, 7.30pm.

A REHEARSED READING OF MUM AND THE BUSINESS BY JOHN BURROWS, THE COMPANY IN ASSOCIATION WITH BERSTED ARTS, THE ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.

When her out-of-work father won’t pay for her to go on holiday with the school, Paula runs away from home and sleeps rough in an East End market where, accused of stealing food from a run-down supermarket, she finds herself forced to work in the shop to pay off what she owes. Tickets £6; seniors £5; students £5. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 20, 2pm.

TALKING HEADS BY ALAN BENNETT, CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Soldiering On read by Liz Lawrence. Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s best loved and most highly acclaimed writers. The six dramatic monologues that make up Talking Heads were presented by the BBC in 1988. The Chichester Community Theatre are presenting five of these plays as rehearsed readings. There are certain recurrent themes such as guilt, death, illness and loneliness. Free entry. No advance booking. Disabled access.


Thursday, June 25, 7pm.

SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH ON THE CATHEDRAL GREEN

LORD CHAMBERLAIN’S MEN, SOUTH WEST LAWN, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, P019 1RP. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all-male theatre company – with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare – invite you to join them for an open air performance of the breathless and brilliant tragedy Macbeth. Bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy the show. Tickets £16; children £10. Disabled access.


Thursday, June 25, 7.30pm.

THE STORY OF LOVE IN THE HARBOUR, ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.

A powerful musical drama during World War One, featuring all-original music, acting and narration, performed live by Danielle Morgan and orchestra, conveying an eloquent message of the futility of war, leading us to reflect on the true meaning of heroism, sacrifice and love – timeless themes still relevant today. Tickets £15; seniors £12; students £10. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 27, 2pm.

TALKING HEADS BY ALAN BENNETT, CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE,CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Her Big Chance read by Lisa McNaught. Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s best loved and most highly acclaimed writers. The six dramatic monologues that make up Talking Heads were presented by the BBC in 1988. The Chichester Community Theatre are presenting five of these plays as rehearsed readings. There are certain recurrent themes such as guilt, death, illness and loneliness. Free entry. No advance booking. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 27, gates open 6.15pm, performance begins 7pm.

CHOICE GRENFELL, WEALD & DOWNLAND LIVING MUSEUM, TOWN LANE, SINGLETON, PO18 0EU.

A heart-warming 40th anniversary tribute to the unremittingly genteel comedienne and monologist Joyce Grenfell. A tribute featuring some of the best of Joyce’s hilarious songs and monologues from Stately As A Galleon and School Nativity Play to A Terrible Worrier and First Flight. Joyce is our guide for a delightful delve into some of her most endearing characters. Tickets £15. Disabled access.


Monday, June 29, 7.45pm. Wednesday, July 1, 7.45pm. Friday, July 3, 7.45pm. Tuesday, July 7, 7.45pm. Thursday, July 9, 7.45pm. Saturday, July 11, 7.45pm.

THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE, NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, WEST DEAN GARDENS, WEST DEAN, PO18 OQZ.

When We Are Married by J B Priestley, directed by Carol Hicks. Join us for a fortnight of classic comedy. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant is open for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks on theatre nights on 01243 818215. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access.


Tuesday June 30, 7.45pm. Thursday, July 2, 7.45pm. Saturday, July 4, 7.45pm. Monday, July 6, 7.45pm. Wednesday. July 8, 7.45pm. Friday, July 10, 7.45pm.

THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE, NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, WEST DEAN GARDENS, WEST DEAN, PO18 OQZ.

Come On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, directed by Tiffin Jones. Join us for a fortnight of classic comedy. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant is open for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks on theatre nights on 01243 818215. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access.


Friday, July 3, 4pm. Saturday, July 4, 7pm. Sunday, July 5, 7pm.

LIZA AND THE MOON, CHALKPATH THEATRE COMPANY, JUBILEE HALL, NEW PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER PO19 7XY.

Inspired by hidden history and Sussex folktales, join the Chalkpath ensemble and experience Liza’s tale unravel through the woven thread of the spirit of the Downs. Tickets £10. Disabled access.


Saturday, July 4, 11am.

TALKING HEADS BY ALAN BENNETT, CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE, NOVIUM MUSEUM (WOOLSTAPLERS ROOM), TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QH.

Bed Among the Lentils read by Muriel Carnegie. Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s best loved and most highly acclaimed writers. The six dramatic monologues that make up Talking Heads were presented by the BBC in 1988. The Chichester Community Theatre are presenting five of these plays as rehearsed readings. There are certain recurrent themes such as guilt, death, illness and loneliness. Free entry. No advance booking. Disabled access.


Saturday, July 4, 7pm.

DAWN GRACIE PRESENTS CHICHESTER CABARET CLUB, PALLANT SUITE, 7 SOUTH PALLANT, CHICHESTER, PO19 1SY.

An evening of vaudeville entertainment not for the faint-hearted. Acts include burlesque, drag, comedy and music presented by local award-winning entertainer and producer Dawn Gracie. Unreserved seating, cash bar and lots of friendly people. This is a safe space for LGBT+ community, and intolerance will not be tolerated. 18+. Tickets £16; children not permitted. Disabled access.


Sunday, July 5, 2.30pm.

AUSTEN SISTERS, RJS RECITALS, NEW PARK CENTRE STUDIO, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Austen Sisters is a 50-minute dramatic and diverting literary recital of entertaining readings from Jane and Cassandra Austen’s letters, prose and poetry about sisters, compiled and performed as a personal homage by professional actress and speaker Rowan Suart and acclaimed at many arts festivals. ‘Mesmerising, a delight, funny and moving.’ Tickets £10. Disabled access.


Saturday, July 11, 11am.

TALKING HEADS BY ALAN BENNETT, CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE, PALLANT HOUSE, GALLERY GARDEN, 9 NORTH PALLANT, CHICHESTER, PO19 1TJ.

A Lady of Letters read by Rosey Purchase. Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s best loved and most highly acclaimed writers. The six dramatic monologues that make up Talking Heads were presented by the BBC in 1988. The Chichester Community Theatre are presenting five of these plays as rehearsed readings. There are certain recurrent themes such as guilt, death, illness and loneliness. Free entry. No advance booking. Disabled access.


Tuesday, July 14, 7.30pm. Wednesday, July 15, 7.30pm. Thursday, July 16, 7.30pm. Friday, July 17, 7.30pm. Saturday, July 18, 7.30pm.

RITA HAYWORTH IN THE MIRROR, RIVERSIDE STUDIO, CHICHESTER COLLEGE, CHICHESTER, PO19 1SB.

Rita Hayworth in the Mirror by Bernie C Byrnes & Greg Mosse is a brilliant Festival of Chichester premiere, the story of how Margarita Cansino became the love goddess Rita Hayworth and married Orson Welles and Aly Aga Khan. It’s told in two gripping acts of intense, witty and entertaining drama. Tickets £15; concessions £13. Disabled access.


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