Bernstein in Chichester Festival

Various venues in Chichester

Until November

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.

Read our feature on the Bernstein in Chichester Festival.

Email info@bernsteininchichester.com or visit bernsteininchichester.uk.



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.

Read our feature on Chichester Festival 2018.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.


Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival

Various venues, Steyning and district

Saturday-Saturday September 1-October 6

Food, glorious food is celebrated over five weeks as the Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival gets underway with a series of events, an array of food stalls, a farmers market and offers from the town’s foodie shops and eateries. Now in its sixth year, the festival will be welcoming gin expert and writer David Broom for its first Gin Tasting Evening Dinner at The Sussex Produce Café and award-winning baker Emanuel Hadjiandreou during an evening hosted by the Artisan Bakehouse in Ashurst. Starting on September 1 and finishing on October 6, both dates are celebrated with a Farmers’ Market with live music, cooking demos, pumpkin weighs and a series of food stalls. This year’s festival charity is St Barnabas House, a hospice based in Worthing that provides palliative care to adults with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses.

Read our feature on the festival, including a full list of events.

Visit steyningdistrictfooddrinkfestival.co.uk.

Coastal Currents Arts Festival

Various locations, Hastings and St Leonards

Until Sunday September 30

During this month-long arts festival, a range of events and exhibition that are curated, organised and managed by the artists themselves take place. They include workshops, performances, films and exhibitions in shops, on the seafront, on the streets, as well as galleries, museums, arts venues and cinemas in Hastings. Open Studios takes place on the weekend of September 8-9 with a selection of artists opening their homes and studios to create a set of trails to follow. Among the curated events is Morag Myerscough’s first mobile installation, the Belonging Bandstand (pictured); Becky Beasley Bouquets, a series of single annual photographs of peonies accompanied by a limited edition series of posters; an event exploring the myths of The Moths, a series of strange motifs in walls scattered around Hastings and St Leonards; the Deborah Bowness paper trail, which explores the process of domestic displacement; The Red Nightie, an exhibition by Anne Parfitt; a night of renowned performance artists celebrating all aspects of queerness; Fantabulosa, a fantastical pop-world of imagination, storytelling and glitter; a night of film, song, music, image and spoken word that explores the role of the artist in shaping the city and keeping the embers alive; and a screening of The Red Balloon, one of the greatest films about childhood ever made.

Visit coastalcurrents.org.uk.

Small Wonder Short Story Festival

Charleston, Firle,

Friday-Sunday September 28-30

This year’s festival celebrating the short story explores themes of transformation and identity, highlighting works that resonate with dualities and transitions by a mix of home-grown and international authors, poets and artists. The UK’s only short story festival, now in its 15th year, will take place in Charleston’s newly restored 18th century Hay Barn. It also marks the 90th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography, and the festival features a specially commissioned piece by the writer Olivia Laing, The Something-Nothings, a passionate dialogue with Woolf’s seductive, identity-shifting text. She will read it with performance artist La JohnJoseph. The festival also honours the anniversary of women’s suffrage with a diverse range of female voices. Among the highlights are Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri, who reads from and discusses his anthology of Poetry for the Many; Internationally renowned author AS Byatt receiving The Charleston-Bede’s Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction; satirical and caustic fictions grappling with the contradictions of the contemporary USA from the writers Lionel Shriver and Tom Rachman; Juno Dawson, Louise Doughty and Kate Mosse (pictured) discussing new stories written in response to Emily Brontë’s masterpiece of passion and obsession Wuthering Heights; and author A L Kennedy performing a specially commissioned monologue celebrating 20 years of Mslexia magazine’s championing of women writers. Picture: Ruth Crafer.

Visit charleston.org.uk.

Southdown Folk Festival

Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Thursday-Sunday September 20-23, various times

Weekend tickets £69.50/u16s £31.50/family £150.50. Individual concerts £20.50/u16s £12.50. Studio sessions £10.50/u16s £5.50

A ‘wow’ line-up at this weekend folk festival is headlined by the original Cockney rebel Steve Harley, who with his acoustic trio will perform all-time favourites like Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Sebastian and Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) as well as more recent tracks. It also features TRADarrr, a band that has re-imagined folk rock using traditional precision percussion, searingly tasteful guitars, melodic basses and fiery fiddles, with support from fast-rising acoustic trio Kadia, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow as O’Hooley & Tidow, folk band Merry Hell and Dervish, fronted by Cathy Jordan, plus performances in the studio.

Phone 01243 861010 or visit alexandratheatre.co.uk.

The Wordfest party with Oldplay retro rock band

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Sunday October 14, 8.30pm

Tickets £6 or free with any ticket for a 2018 Wordfest event. Tickets must be booked in advance

At the culmination of Shoreham Wordiest 2018, two weeks of culture, discussion, drama and thinking, this fun-filled evening will have you singing, dancing and reliving those crazy hope-filled days of the 1960s and 70s. High energy eight-piece rock band  Oldplay (pictured) will play the best dance tunes from the Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Aretha, Tina, The Small Faces and more. And there will be free snacks from Higgidy Pies.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

Worthing Beer Festival

Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing

Friday and Saturday October 26 and 27, 11am-11pm on Friday, 11am-9.30pm on Saturday

Tickets £2-£6.50

Arun & Adur branch of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) are out to impress again with more real ale and cider than ever before. The very popular brewer stands are back too, along with a range of food to accompany your favourite beers.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.

Charity Music Fest

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday November 10, 7.30pm

Tickets £12.50, £17.50 and £20

curated by Lennie George, this festival is raising money for good causes and features local bands The Chandeliers and The Cavaliers, with Natalie Black performing as Adele plus local singer Erin Rose Bingham.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.

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