Bernstein in Chichester Festival
Various venues in Chichester
Chichester celebrates its unique relationship with West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein (pictured above) with a festival marking his centenary and featuring stars including actors Patricia Routledge and Peter McEnery and the conductor Carl Davis. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Bernstein and this festival culminates in a special performance of his composition the Chichester Psalms at Chichester Cathedral by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which is conducted by Marin Alsop, who was taught and mentored by Bernstein. Bernstein himself was present at the world premiere of the Chichester Psalms at the Southern Cathedrals Festival in 1965. This festival, which has a programme of concerts, workshops, revues, jazz, talks, film shows, exhibitions and reunions, is part of a worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of the composer, conductor, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian, who died aged 72 in 1990. Keeping Up Appearances star Patricia Routledge (pictured below with Howard Seckerson) will speak for the first time about her working relationship and valued personal friendship with Bernstein, while actor Peter McEnery performs his one-man show Walter & Lenny, which he devised and is directed by his wife, the actress Julia St John. There will be a performance of Carl Davis’s Sing God A Simple Song, an original musical entertainment depicting seven aspects of Bernstein’s musical life. Picture of Leonard Bernstein: Paul de Hueck, courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office Inc. Picture of Carl Davis, below right: Jasper Fry.
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Chichester Festival 2018
Chichester Festival Theatre Oaklands Park, Chichester.
Tickets from £10/prologue: £5 tickets for 16-25s
STARS of stage and screen including Caroline Quentin (above left), Penelope Keith (above right), Patricia Hodge (below left), Matt Lucas (below right), Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rufus Hound headline Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2018. Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin and Little Britain star Matt Lucas make their Chichester debuts in the musical Me And My Girl while Penelope Keith makes a return to Chichester to star in The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. Copenhagen by Michael Frayn stars Patricia Hodge, who appeared on TV in Miranda, and Downton Abbey actor Charles Edwards, who played Lady Edith’s love Michael Gregson, as well as Spooks actor Paul Jesson, who is making his Chichester debut. The programme also includes Cock, a very adult play by Dr Foster writer Mike Bartlett, described as “a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillating identities”. Singer, actor and comedian Gary Wilmot appears alongside The Bill star Clare Burt and award-winning actress Joanna Riding in Flowers for Mrs Harris from the novel by Paul Gallico, and actor and director Samuel West directs The Watsons, a new play by Laura Wade adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen. Rufus Hound stars in Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, and there’s also a double bill of plays by debbie tucker green, one of theatre’s most original and internationally acclaimed voices. For children, there’s an adaptation of David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe. Present Laughter by Noël Coward runs from Friday April 20-Saturday May 12. random/generations runs from Friday May 4-Saturday June 2. The Chalk Garden runs from Friday-Saturday May 25-June 16. The Country Wife runs from Friday-Saturday June 8-July 7. Me And My Girl runs from Monday July 2-Saturday August 25. The Meeting runs from Friday-Saturday July 13- August 11. Copenhagen runs from Friday-Saturday August 17-September 22. Flowers for Mrs Harris runs from Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27. Cock runs from Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27. The Midnight Gang by David Walliams runs from Saturday-Saturday October 13-November 3. The Watsons Saturday-Saturday November 3-December 1. Sleeping Beauty Saturday-Sunday December 15-30.
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