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. 



QEII School

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Wednesday and Thursday June 13 and 14, 7pm

Tickets £12.50

QEII Schooling Horsham is one of the only SEN schools in the country to hold a Gold ArtsMark from the Arts Council, and its Head of Creative Arts, Sue Jay, won the 2017 Pearson Teaching Award for Excellence in Special Needs. She will be directing this performance – her last before she retires – showcasing highlights from their Performing Arts curriculum, including some old favourites from their noted Shakespeare Schools Festival and award-winning Rock Challenge entries alongside new material.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



The Tempest With The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Thursday June 14, 7.30pm

Tickets £18-£20

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an all-male theatre company, performs The Tempest, Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Prospero, the usurped and exiled Duke of Milan, washes up on a distant and mystical island with his baby daughter Miranda. It’s a place where magical powers reign supreme and its only inhabitants, the sprite Ariel and brutish Caliban, answer his every command. Now his brother, his enemy, is sailing towards him and Prospero raises a tempestuous storm to shipwreck him.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.uk.



Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors

Coronation Green, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Friday-Saturday June 15-16, 7pm

Tickets £15/child and student £10/family of four £45

This is an outdoor performance on Coronation Green as part of Shoreham Wordfest. A pair of shipwrecked twins (both called Antiphilus) and their servants (both called Dromio) are separated by a storm at sea. Both sets of twins wash up on the shores of rival cities where they live settled and contented lives. That is until one set of twins decides to find the other and lands in their hostile territory. Chaos ensues as unwitting friends, family and acquaintances confuse one set of twins with the other in a farce full of slapstick and silliness, set in a city of sorcery.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.



Chris Wood: The Close Up Show

The Loft, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday June 16, 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.



Offside

American Express Lounge, American Express Stadium, Village Way, Brighton

Thursday June 21, 7.30pm

Tickets £8

Offside, told through lyrical dialogue, poetry and prose, is a tale of struggle and sweat. By Future Theatre, it follows four women from across the centuries who live, breathe and play football. Each faces very different obstacles but all believe the beautiful game can change their futures.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit atgtickets.com.



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. 

 



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