Thursday, 18 February 2016

Chichester Festival Theatre announces 2016 season

Chichester Festival Theatre have announced their 2016 season, the last under the leadership of Jonathan Church and Alan Finch. 

As previously revealed, Half A Sixpence will be staged in the Festival Theatre. The show has been adapted by Julian Fellowes with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Travels with My Aunt will be staged in the Minerva Theatre, the show has been newly adapted from Graham Greene’s celebrated novel by Emmy Award-winning writers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman with another witty score from Stiles & Drewe.

Travels with My Aunt will star Patricia Hodge and Steven Pacey with direction by Christopher Luscombe. Completing the cast are: Stephanie Bron, Jack Chissick, Michael Duke, Nicholas Duncan, Sarah Earnshaw, Rachel Grundy, Hugh Maynard, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Sebastien Torkia and Jack Wilcox. The show runs between 26th April and 4th June.

There will also be dramas from Ibsen, Rattigan and Galsworthy, as well as new plays from Mark Hayhurst and Alistair Beaton. The stellar casts for these productions include James Bolam, Joseph Fiennes, Julian Glover, Patricia Hodge, Steven Pacey and Anne Reid, all of whom have performed at Chichester previously.

The final productions sees Chichester collaborate with the National Theatre as they bring This House to the Minerva Theatre followed by the ‘giddily blissful’ pairing of two of Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Artistic Director Jonathan Church says: "If our final season has one theme it is the always urgent question of power: who has it, and who wants it. Whether the social dramas of Ibsen and Galsworthy or the dark comedy of Alistair Beaton’s new play FRACKED!, the pernicious effects of war in Mark Hayhurst’s new drama First Light and Rattigan’s classic Ross or the political upheavals of This House, these plays explore a century of power shifts and struggles. The lighter side of the search for fulfilment is explored in our two joyous musicals, Travels with My Aunt and Half A Sixpence.

"Over the past 10 years we have welcomed directors and actors of the finest calibre, many making their Chichester debuts, and this season is no exception. It’s fitting to end the year once again with a new production from our brilliant Youth Theatre and the promise of a future generation.’

Executive Director Alan Finch says: "Festival 2015 saw us break new records with over £6 million in box office sales. Our commitment to developing new audiences continues with Festival 2016. Once again, over 10,000 tickets will be available at £10 in the Festival Theatre and our £8.50 ticket scheme for 16 to 25 year olds is re-launched with a new name, Prologue."

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