Theatre Events

The Country Wife by William Wycherley

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester

Friday-Saturday June 8-July 7, 7.45pm

Tickets from £10

Susannah Fielding makes her Chichester debut as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. The City of London. The randy 17th century. Harry Horner wants to seduce as many women as possible, but he needs to convince their husbands that he’s physically incapable of any such thing. Cannily, his faux impotence also allows him to sniff out and unmask those respectably virtuous ladies who secretly ache for him. But this virile villain hasn’t reckoned with Mr Pinchwife’s sexy young spouse, Margery, fresh from the rather too plain-speaking countryside. Widely regarded as one of the filthiest and funniest plays ever written, William Wycherley’s The Country Wife has outraged and excited audiences for over 300 years (though not during the many years it was banned from both stage and print) and today still casts a provocative light on sexual mores. It’s directed by Jonathan Munby, who returns to Chichester following his huge success with King Lear (Festival 2017, West End 2018) and First Light (Festival 2016).

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk. 



Jumpy by April de Angelis

New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Hove

Friday-Saturday June 15-23, 7.45pm

Tickets £8. Not suitable for children

This frank and funny family drama questions parental anxieties and life after 50. Hilary, just turning 50, once protested at Greenham Common and sees herself as a feminist. Now her protests tend to focus on persuading her teenage daughter to go out fully clothed. Married to Mark for far too long, they rub along in a comfortable but sterile relationship. Their daughter, Tilly, is going through the typical teenage tantrums of many girls of her age, but when Hilary and Mark discover that she has started sleeping with her boyfriend they have to decide if they want to be liberal or bring in some discipline.

Phone 01273 746118 or visit newventure.org.uk.



The Case of the Frightened Lady

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Monday-Saturday June 25-30, 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday

Tickets £14.90-£39.40

Rock Follies star Rula Lenska stars in the Edgar Wallace thriller featuring Inspector Tanner. When he is called to investigate a murder at Mark’s Priory, the ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems… and then discovers a shocking secret. The cast also includes Coronation Street actors Gray O’Brien and Philip Lowrie, EastEnders actor Charlie Clements, Only Fools and Horses actor Denis Lill, Skins star April Pearson, Ben Nealon from Soldier Soldier and Glenn Carter, who starred in the film Jesus Christ Superstar.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit atgtickets.com.



The Nightmare Room

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne

Tuesday-Saturday June 26-30, 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday

Tickets £16-£23.50/concs £1.50 off (7.45pm only)/u25s £10/u16s and students £9

Written by John Goodrum, The Nightmare Room is a dark thriller based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery chiller. Two women. One locked room. One bottle of poison. When Helen regains consciousness, she finds herself bound and blindfolded in a locked room. Her captor, best friend Catherine, challenges her to a deadly game of Russian roulette to decide which of them will win the prize, the handsome film star they both desire. But the game, like the room, is far from what it seems… 

Phone 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.



Oberon’s Cure

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Sunday July 1, 5.30pm-10.30pm

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company is visiting the Sussex Prairie Garden as part of its summer tour. Oberon’s Cure is based on Titania’s accusation in Act Two, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that her husband Oberon has had an affair with ‘this bouncing Amazon’, Hippolyta, and is therefore an imagined prequel to Shakespeare’s play. It is about an old man who is not capable of resisting a beautiful young woman. But he is made to look ridiculous by his inadequacy – and the foolish lack of self-awareness makes him into a sad, pathetic individual. But there is forgiveness, too, as Titania teaches him a lesson and appeals to him to grow old gracefully.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.



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. 

 



Rainbow Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew

Highdown Gardens, Highdown Rise, Littlehampton Road, Goring-by-Sea

Tuesday-Sunday July 3-8, 7.30pm with 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets £17/family of 4 £11/u16s £8/group 10+ £13.60

Rainbow Theatre, the theatre company that aims to make Shakespeare exciting and understandable for all ages, performs Shakespeare’s “knockabout wonderful fiery love story” The Taming of the Shrew. Petruchio needs to marry for money as he is on his ‘uppers’, whilst Kate has sworn never to have anything to do with stupid men.  So when they meet, the stage is set for a right royal battle. The production stars Ross Muir as Petruchio and Alexandra Parker as Kate (both pictured). Rainbow Theatre, now in its 15th year, is run by director Nicolas Young, who has been directing Shakespeare all his life from the age of 12, when he created Hamlet in an attic via taking his company to Denmark and Scandinavia, being the first amateur company to visit Russia,  and then on to training as a director with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing the Ludlow Festival and then the Connaught Theatre in Worthing. “I just want to make audiences love Shakespeare as much as I do!” says Nick.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



Rainbow Theatre: Two Gentlemen of Verona

Highdown Gardens, Highdown Rise, Littlehampton Road, Goring-by-Sea

Tuesday-Sunday July 10-15, 7.30pm with 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets £17/family of 4 £11/u16s £8/group 10+ £13.60

Rainbow Theatre, the theatre company that aims to make Shakespeare exciting and understandable for all ages, performs Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s Elizabethan ‘rom-com’. Two life-long best friends find their friendship challenged when one becomes infatuated with the other’s girlfriend. Handsome women, beautiful men, some robbers, irate fathers and a ‘dog’ all make this a charming and exciting comedy to enjoy under the stars in a sylvan setting. Rainbow Theatre, now in its 15th year, is run by director Nicolas Young, who has been directing Shakespeare all his life from the age of 12, when he created Hamlet in an attic via taking his company to Denmark and Scandinavia, being the first amateur company to visit Russia,  and then on to training as a director with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing the Ludlow Festival and then the Connaught Theatre in Worthing. “I just want to make audiences love Shakespeare as much as I do!” says Nick.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



The Meeting

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester 
Friday-Saturday July 13- August 11, 7.45pm

Tickets from £20

Rachel has been the voice for her deaf mother since she was born but now she is restless to be heard for herself. Together, they have found sanctuary in a Quaker community that reveres silence. But the world is at war and it is becoming ever harder to live in Friendship. When a stranger arrives in their midst, their fragile peace is set to shatter. This powerful new play from the acclaimed writer Charlotte Jones is a spellbinding exploration of the timeless challenges of bringing the truth to light. Director Natalie Abrahami, whose recent productions include Queen Anne (RSC/West End) and Happy Days (Young Vic), makes her Chichester debut.

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



Chris Wood: The Close Up Show

The Loft, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday July 14, 7pm

Tickets £16.50. Not recommended for u10s

This intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand features world-class magicians from The Magic Circle. Performers vary and a limited audience experience magic in an intimate setting, with some taking part too.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.



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