Theatre Events

Me And My Girl

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.
Monday July 2-Saturday August 25, 7.30pm

Tickets from £10

Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek star Caroline Quentin (pictured below) and Little Britain star Matt Lucas (pictured below) make their Chichester debuts in this  uproarious musical comedy based on a revised version by Stephen Fry and Michael Ockrent. At Hareford Hall in Hampshire, suspense is in the air. The family solicitor has found the long- lost heir to the Hareford title and riches. But, to everyone’s horror, he’s a Cockney barrow boy called Bill Snibson, played by Matt Lucas. As Caroline Quentin’s Duchess of Dene determinedly sets out to transform him into a true gentleman, Bill’s sweetheart Sally wonders how she fits in to his new life. Before too long, Bill has to answer some soul-searching questions about who he really is. This new staging is directed by Daniel Evans with designs by Lez Brotherston and choreography by Alistair David, the outstanding team behind Festival 2017’s hit musical Fiddler on the Roof. Based on the book and lyrics by L Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, the music is by Noel Gay.

  • There’s a relaxed performance at 2.30pm Wednesday July 25, suitable for individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum, sensory and communication disorders or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment

Read our feature on this year’s Chichester Festival programme.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk. 

 



Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

 

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester 
Friday-Saturday August 17-September 22, 7.45pm

Tickets from £20

Miranda star Patricia Hodge (pictured above) and Downton Abbey actor Charles Edwards, who played Lady Edith’s love Michael Gregson, star In Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning drama. In 1941, in the middle of the Second World War, the great German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish colleague Niels Bohr. They were old friends and collaborators, and together in the 1920s they had begun to lay bare the mysteries at the heart of the atom. But now Denmark was under German occupation, the meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment – and Heisenberg was burdened with a terrible secret. Why he went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions which have exercised historians ever since. In this drama, Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife Margrethe once again to look for the answers, and to work out, just as they had once worked out the internal functioning of the atom, how we can ever know why we do what we do. The play also stars Paul Jesson, whose screen work includes Mr Turner and Spooks. Pictured above: Charles Edwards (left) and Paul Jesson.

Read our feature on this year’s Chichester Festival programme.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



Bridge to Farce

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Friday and Saturday August 24 and 25, 8pm on Friday and 7.15pm on Saturday

Tickets £16.50. Adults only

Politically ambitious Margaret and long-suffering husband Norman are expecting a new couple into their bridge circle. When wife-swapping beginners Barry and Angie arrive by mistake, both couples spend an alarming evening at cross purposes… Meanwhile, bridge-playing Edward and Charlotte – Margaret & Norman’s intended guests – enjoy a party with George and Zoe – Barry and Angie’s intended hosts. When the party is in full ‘swing’, all are caught in compromising situations as Bridge turns to Farce…

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



The Play That Goes Wrong

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Monday August 27, 7.45pm

Tickets £16.90-£39.40. Age 8+

In this multi-award-winning smash hit comedy, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is putting on a 1920s murder mystery but everything that can go wrong does. As the accident-prone thesis battle on against the odds, chaos ensues.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit atgtickets.com.



The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Friday August 31, 6.30pm

Tickets £15/discounts £12/child £10/family of 4 £38

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle features the original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, who tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this faithful, cheeky but chilling adaptation… Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? Is a monstrous hound really roaming Dartmoor? Why is someone systematically stealing Sir Henry’s shoes? And how does a ghostly hound manage to leave vast paw-prints and other unwelcome evidence of its existence?

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.



The 7% Solution

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Saturday September 1, 5pm and 8pm

Tickets £5/teachers free. Age 16+

This is a preview of a new theatre show that asks: What happens when you can’t walk away from the price you pay? David Jackson’s searing new play is based on real events in England last year. Darkly comic, deeply moving and featuring a stellar cast from television and the West End, it casts an unflinching eye over the human costs to teachers and pupils of the exam industry and its outcome, as lives are mangled and reputations are ruined in the thresher of the results culture.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.



The Dressing Room

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Sunday September 2, 5pm

Tickets £21.50/concs £19.50/Friends £4 off

The Dressing Room is a comedy play written by Bobby Ball that combines sitcom and variety with stand-up comedy from TV comedy duo Cannon & Ball and Johnny Casson. It starts in the dressing room, where they tell behind-scenes and showbiz stories as they are waiting to go on stage at a run-down theatre where Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball find themselves involved in the crazy goings-on of compère Stu Francis and fellow comic Johnnie Casson as they take to the stage for their individual stage acts.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.



Walter & Lenny

Chichester Cathedral, Chichester

Wednesday-Saturday September 5-8, times to be announced

Tickets and booking information to be announced

As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, actor Peter McEnery returns with this one-man show following sell-out performances at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester in 2015, which delivers a compelling insight into the friendship between Leonard Bernstein and Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, who commissioned the composer to write the Chichester Psalms. Based on Nigel Simeone’s The Leonard Bernstein Letters, Walter & Lenny was devised by McEnery, a founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He says, “It is exciting to be returning to Chichester. Evoking these two towering personalities on stage in the cathedral in which Walter Hussey served will be an extraordinary experience both for me and the audience. I could not believe what I had found when I first read the letters between Hussey and Bernstein. The conversation between two such diverse personalities spoke to me and I knew that I had the play that I had been looking for within the pages of this wonderful exchange.”

Read our feature on the Bernstein In Chichester Festival.

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



NT Live: Julie (15)

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Thursday September 6, 7pm

Tickets £15, over 60 £12/student £12. Age 15+

This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie is broadcast live from the National Theatre. The Crown star Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa, who appeared in The Amen Corner, feature in the cast of this new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. The play remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. Picture: Rosaline Shahnavaz.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.



NT Live: Julie (15)

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Thursday September 6, 7pm

Tickets £18/concs £17/student and child £13

The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa, who appeared in The Amen Corner, star in this new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, it is broadcast live from the National Theatre. 

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



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