Theatre Events

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.



Not Enough Men

Windmill Theatre, Windmill Road, Littlehampton

Wednesday-Saturday July 18-21, 7.30pm

Tickets £12/concs £11

Amateur dramatics groups suffer the same problems: lack of money and not enough men. It’s spring, and Sandra dares to suggest that Barnstead Village Amateur Dramatic Society try some Noel Coward. With casting down to the wire, and other members of the society trying to undermine her at every turn, will Sandra’s show be a hit, will it break even, will it even go on with not enough men? Not Enough Men by Marina Evans-Tinkler is performed by the Stage-Door Theatre Company.

Phone 01903 856801 or visit freedom-leisure.co.uk.



Old Herbaceous – A One-Man Play by Alfred Shaughnessy

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

Sunday July 29, 5.30pm-8.45pm

Tickets £15/concs £13/children £6/family £40/RHS members £12

Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants. The one-man play stars Giles Shenton as legendary head gardener Herbert Pinnegar, otherwise known as Old Herbaceous, who invites you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone age. Old Herbaceous is an acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age and the evening blossoms into tender humour, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century. The garden opens at 5.30pm for picnics – bring blankets and chairs.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.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.



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.



Flowers for Mrs Harris

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester 
Saturday-Saturday September 8-29, 7.30pm

Tickets from £10

This new musical, directed by Daniel Evans and starring Clare Burt (below left) and Joanna Riding (below right), captures the glowing humanity of the novella by Paul Gallico on which it is based. Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever… From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the shimmering avenues of Paris, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way; but can she let go of the past and finally allow her own life to blossom?

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.

 



Cock by Mike Bartlett

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.
Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27, 7.45pm

Tickets from £20. Contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Age guideline 16+

Dr Foster writer Mike Bartlett (pictured below) is one of this generation’s leading writers for stage and screen, his award-winning work including King Charles III (Almeida, West End and BBC). Funny and eye-openingly fresh and frank, the Olivier Award-winning Cock, which premiered at the Royal Court and off- Broadway in 2009, is a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillating identities. Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. Someone who is different in every single way. But can John give her what she wants, when he’s never been with a woman before?

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.

Saturday-Saturday October 13-November 3, 2pm and 7pm

Tickets from £10. Suitable for ages 7+

A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed 12-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital. Luckily, he’s not on his own with the child-hating Matron and the scary-looking Porter. George, Amber, Robin and Sally are in there too, and they’re not taking things lying down. When the lights go out and the clock strikes twelve, they’re off. But will they let new boy Tom join their forbidden midnight adventures through the hospital’s labyrinthine realm? This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness is adapted from the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016 by David Walliams (pictured below). This new stage version is by Bryony Lavery, with music and lyrics by renowned musician and composer Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, 2017). It’s directed by Dale Rooks, whose production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild (Festival 2015) won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People.

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



The Watsons

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.
Saturday-Saturday November 3-December 1, 7.45pm

Tickets from £20

Based on Jane Austen’s incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play directed by Samuel West looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them? In this new play by Laura Wade, what happens when the writer loses the plot? Emma Watson is 19 and new in town. She’s been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who’s as awkward as he is rich. So far so familiar. But there’s a problem: Jane Austen didn’t finish the story. Who will write Emma’s happy ending now?

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



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