Theatre

Saturday, June 15, 11am, St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street, Chichester PO19 1UU. Saturday, June 22, 11am, Pallant House Gallery Garden, North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TJ. Saturday, June 29, 11am, The Studio, New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY. Saturday, July 6, 2pm, Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QJ.

A TRIBUTE TO THE WIT OF N F SIMPSON, CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE.

Three short plays by N F Simpson to celebrate the centenary of his birth. He was a proponent of The Theatre of the Absurd and his work mixes a comic brew from Lewis Carroll to W S Gilbert and The Goons. Gladly Otherwise, OH and Have Done will together run about 25 minutes. Directed by Roger Redfarn. Free admission. Disabled access.


Sunday, June 16, 7.30pm. Garden open from 4pm.

IKARUS INC, THE RUDE MECHANICAL THEATRE, HALNAKER PARK COTTAGE GARDEN, PARK LANE, HALNAKER, NEAR CHICHESTER, PO18 0QH.

Another sparkling evening of outdoor theatre, with mirth, music and mayhem. The story of Daedalus and his son Ikarus who sell dreams to the good folk of Dreamland in the American Mid-West. But can Ikarus fly? Come early (from 4 pm) to enjoy the garden, cook on the barbecues and picnic. Bring low chairs and warm clothes. Tickets £17; seniors £16; students £13; children £10. Disabled access.


Friday, June 21, 7.45pm (doors 7pm).

CHICHESTER CABARET CLUB PRESENTS DRAG STARS, DAWN’S VINTAGE DO, ASSEMBLY ROOM, THE COUNCIL HOUSE, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.

Having celebrated its third year, Chichester’s own Cabaret Club – brainchild of award-winning entertainer Dawn Gracie – is throwing a camp and colourful drag show for this year’s Festival. This cabaret evening is set to be a high-octane extravaganza, not for the faint-hearted. Dressing up is encouraged. Tickets £17. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 22, 5.30pm.

THE GREEN SHIP, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Quentin Blake’s beautifully-illustrated children’s book The Green Ship is adapted for the first time into a magical stage play by Librarian Theatre. The family-friendly show is visiting libraries, schools and community spaces as part of a UK-wide tour in 2019. Recommended for children aged five years and over. Tickets £5; children (aged 13 and under) £3. Disabled access.


Monday, July 1, 7.45pm; Wednesday, July 3, 7.45pm; Friday, July 5, 7.45pm; Tuesday, July 9, 7.45pm; Thursday, July 11, 7.45pm; Saturday, July 13, 7.45pm.

TWELFTH NIGHT BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, DIRECTED BY JOHN HYATT, THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE, NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, WEST DEAN GARDENS, WEST DEAN NEAR CHICHESTER, PO18 0QZ.

NTP Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7.30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215.


Tuesday, July 2, 7.30pm. Wednesday, July 3, 7.30pm.

LOVE IN THE HARBOUR BY EDDIE ALFORD & MUSIC BY MORGAN/MERRIGAN, THE HARBOUR THEATRE COMPANY, THE OXMARKET GALLERY, OFF EAST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1YH.

A moving dramatisation of the lives of real-life Irish heroes in the original Royal Flying Corps set near the end of WWI. A heart-warming story, in words and music, about their comradery, bravery, humour and heartbreak. Commemorates the centenary year of the formation of the RAF and the end of the Great War in 1918. Tickets £15; seniors £12; students (15 years and up) £10. Disabled access.


Tuesday, July 2, 7.45pm; Thursday, July 4, 7.45pm; Saturday, July 6, 7.45pm; Monday, July 8, 7.45pm; Wednesday, July 10, 7.45pm; Friday, July 12. 7.45pm.

TONS OF MONEY BY WILL EVANS + VALENTINE, ADAPTED BY ALAN AYCKBOURN, DIRECTED BY BARBARA MACWHIRTER, THE PERGOLA OPEN AIR THEATRE, NEW THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, WEST DEAN GARDENS, WEST DEAN NR CHICHESTER, PO18 0QZ

NTP Proudly Present for their 40th-anniversary year. Tickets £10; children under 16 £8. Disabled access. Picnics welcome. The West Dean Gardens Restaurant for pre-theatre supper and/or drinks until 7.30pm on theatre nights; tel 01243 818215.


Wednesday, July 10, 7.30pm. Thursday, July 11, 7.30pm. Friday, July 12, 7.30pm. Saturday, July 13, 7.30pm.

TWO SPARKLING COMEDIES FOR A SUMMER EVENING, THE CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE, RIVERSIDE THEATRE, CHICHESTER COLLEGE, CHICHESTER, PO19 1SB.

The Odds of Being Earnest by Greg Mosse: the scene is Monte Carlo in 1914, 20 years after The Importance of Being Earnest and reveals a chance meeting between Lady Bracknell and Canon Chasuble. Plus The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw: William Shakespeare, intending to meet the Dark Lady, accidentally encounters Queen Elizabeth I and attempts to persuade her to create a National Theatre. Tickets £12. Disabled access.

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