Theatre Events

random/generations: a double bill of plays by debbie tucker green

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester

Friday May 4-Saturday June 2, 7.45pm

Tickets from £20

random

‘never trouble trouble til trouble trouble you’. But trouble does arrive. And changes everything. This blistering play, told through the eyes of a young woman, explores the unbearable sense of loss felt by a family faced with a catastrophic and random act.

generations

In the cradle of their South African family, Boyfriend and Girlfriend are beginning their lives together, just as Mama and Dad, and Grandad and Nana, did before them. Until, one by one, family members start to disappear. Fierce, warm and funny, these two short and haunting dramas, presented here in a double bill, examine love, life and loss through the lives of two families on two continents. random is an extraordinary play for one actress, whilst the generations company includes a South African choir. A playwright, screenwriter and director, debbie tucker green is one of theatre’s most original and internationally acclaimed voices. She won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004 for born bad, and the 2012 BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama for the television version of random. Both plays are directed by Tinuke Craig, making her Chichester debut.

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester
Friday-Saturday May 25-June 16, 7.30pm

Tickets from £10

The Good Life star Penelope Keith stars in the lead role of Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden. Nothing will grow for eccentric, high-born Mrs St Maugham in the dry earth of her once grand Sussex garden. Indoors, the situation is even worse. Her wild and damaged granddaughter, 16-year-old Laurel, sets fires and throws tantrums. When the enigmatic Miss Madrigal arrives to take up the post of Laurel’s companion, the household is disconcerted by her evasive oddity. Where has she come from, and why does she refuse to speak about her past? Both singular comedy and haunting mystery, this startling insight into mother-daughter relationships is regarded as one of the 20th century’s most remarkable plays. The author of many books and dramas, Enid Bagnold is still best known for her 1935 novel National Velvet. Penelope Keith returns to Chichester, where her roles have included The Apple Cart, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Way of the World, Entertaining Angels and Mrs Pat. It also stars Amanda Root (below) as Miss Madrigal and Oliver Ford Davies (below), who appeared in Goodnight Mr Tom (2011). The Chalk Garden is directed by Alan Strachan.

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk. 

 



Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit steyningfestival.co.uk.



The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Thursday May 31-Saturday June 2, 7pm with a 2pm show on Saturday

Tickets £15/concs £12. Age 12+

This UK premiere of a Finnish musical comedy hit combines opera, musical variety and funny physical comedy. Baritone Jouni Bäckström has invited his brother Petri to spend some quality time cruising across the States, as only opera-singing brothers can, on the famous Route 66. Petri has other ideas – he has brought his pianist Jukka with him, who is working on his magnum opus The God Particle. Picture: Alejandro Lorenzo.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.



The Case of the Frightened Lady

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne

Monday-Saturday June 4-9, 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday

Tickets £19-£26.50/concs £1.50 off (7.45pm only)/u25s £10/u16s and students £9

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 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.



Oscar Wilde Live: An Ideal Husband

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Tuesday June 5, 7.15pm

Tickets £16.50/child and senior £15.50/student £14.50

Continuing the season of Oscar Wilde classics broadcast live from The Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, this is a new production of An Ideal Husband, which follows the story of ambitious government minister Sir Robert Chiltern, whose smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery. It stars real-life father and son Edward Fox, the star of The Day of The Jackal, and Freddie Fox, who appeared in The Judas Kiss in the West End, Silk star Frances Barber, Nathaniel Parker from The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Not Going Out’s Sally Bretton and The Forsyte Saga star Susan Hampshire.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



Oscar Wilde Season Live: An Ideal Husband (12A)

Screen Two, The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Tuesday June 5, 7.15pm

Tickets £15/concs £12.50

Continuing the season of Oscar Wilde classics broadcast live from The Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, this is a new production of An Ideal Husband, which follows the story of ambitious government minister Sir Robert Chiltern, whose smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery. It stars real-life father and son Edward Fox, the star of The Day of The Jackal, and Freddie Fox, who appeared in The Judas Kiss in the West End, Silk star Frances Barber, Nathaniel Parker from The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Not Going Out’s Sally Bretton and The Forsyte Saga star Susan Hampshire.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



The Naked Truth

Studio, The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Tuesday-Friday June 5-8, 7.45pm, and Saturday June 9, 7pm

Tickets £13.50

When five unique women come together and sign up for pole-dancing class, little do they know the hilarious yet emotional journey it will take them on. The Naked Truth is an uplifting comedy play by Dave Simpson all about sisterhood, laughter, tears, and pulling together against everyday adversities. Presented by Fortress Theatre Company, the play supports Cancer Research UK.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



Fleabag

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Tuesday-Saturday June 5-9, 8pm

Tickets £18/concs £14

This stage production of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BAFTA Award-winning BBC series Fleabag stars Maddie Rice. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea-pig themed cafe struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag finds herself with nothing to lose. She serves up a funny and true account of some sort of a female living her sort of life. It’s directed by Vicky Jones. Picture: Jonny Birch.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.



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. 



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