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Amanda Abbington, Frances Barber and Reece Shearsmith star in The Unfriend, a new play by Steven Moffat, directed by Mark Gatiss: an entertaining and satirical look at middle-class England’s disastrous instinct always to appear nice. Manners can be murder.
Charlie Stemp (Half A Sixpence, Mary Poppins) and Carly Anderson (Wicke, Sunny Afternoon) star in this hilarious, riotously entertaining musical, packed with glorious Gershwin melodies and stunning tap-dance routines. With witty book and dialogue by Ken Ludwig, this brand new production, celebrates the work’s 30th anniversary, and is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman: true Broadway royalty and winner of five Tony and two Olivier Awards for productions including The Producers, Contact and The Scottsboro Boys.
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. Nicole Charles’s much-praised production, which earned critical and public acclaim when it was staged in Chichester’s Spiegeltent in 2019, returns for a run in World Cup and Women’s Euro year in the Minerva Theatre, part of which will be transformed into a pub setting to create an immersive theatrical experience. Contains strong language; recommended for ages 15+
The Narcissist, a new play by celebrated American playwright Christopher Shinn, is a gripping, inventive and witty take on personal and political communication in the internet age. Jim is an expert in electoral strategy; but following seismic shifts in the political landscape, he’s disillusioned. And his marriage is in crisis. As he juggles the demands on his life through his smartphone, will the lure of success and fame prove irresistible? Directed by Josh Seymour.
Alan Ayckbourn’s dazzling black comedy takes us on a dizzying journey through the looking glass into a woman’s mind. A knock on the head from a garden rake splits Susan’s world in two. Which of her lives is real? And is Susan in control of either of them? Directed by Justin Martin.
This new musical version of Local Hero will win devotees from admirers of the beloved Bill Forsyth film as well as those coming fresh to this funny and enchanting story. The book by David Greig features new songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straits). It’s directed by CFT’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans.
The Famous Five are on a daring mission with the future of the planet at stake! Based on Enid Blyton’s multi-million-selling novels, this brand new musical written by Elinor Cook, with music and lyrics by Theo Jamieson, is an exciting and heart-warming family treat celebrating adventure, bravery and friendship for everyone aged 7+. A co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Tamara Harvey.
Alan Bennett’s stage adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 story about the adventures of Mole, Ratty and Toad, has become a classic in its own right: faithful to the spirit of Grahame’s immortal characters while laced with Bennett’s inimitable wit, making this a delight for children and adults alike. Dale Rooks directs a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre show that perfectly combines humour and enchantment with a delicious shiver of danger. For ages 7+
Chichester Station is a 20 minute walk from the theatre, with regular direct links to London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant. Call 08457 484950 for timetables and other details or visit nationalrail.co.uk.
Northgate Car Park (PO19 6AA) is a 900-space pay and display car park next to the Theatre which charges from 8am until 8pm Monday - Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays
The Café in the Festival Theatre is a great spot for a light lunch or a good coffee, and also serves freshly made sandwiches, salads, delicious cakes, and a range of hot and cold drinks.Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 10am until the end of the interval of the evening performance. On non-performance days The Café closes at 5pm.
The Brasserie on the ground floor of the Minerva Theatre is open for pre-show dining in new stylish and elegant surroundings. The restaurant serves a contemporary British menu using local and seasonal ingredients as well as an excellent choice of wines.Opening times: 12.30pm - 2.30pm on matinee days and from 5.30pm for evening performances.
The Minerva Bar & Grill upstairs provides a more relaxed atmosphere, and offers both main meals and lighter food options.Opening times: Open 90 minutes before performances.
For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.cft.org.uk/your-visit/access
Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people. Situated in a cathedral city in West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, the Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.
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