There will be a live, socially distanced season of drama, music, comedy and cabaret at Chichester Festival Theatre during autumn 2020, running from late October to early January.
Programme highlights include:
- Sarah Kane’s Crave directed by Tinuke Craig, staged in a socially distanced Festival Theatre for 10 performances and live streamed to digital audiences.
- Michael Ball, Sheila Hancock and Patricia Routledge in conversation with Edward Seckerson
- Cabaret and comedy including Frisky and Mannish, The Black Cat Cabaret, Barely Methodical Troupe, Rich Hall, Suzi Ruffell, Russell Kane and Rosie Jones
- Music ranging from a celebration of Sondheim with West End stars to a a portrait of Rachmaninoff with Henry Goodman and Lucy Parham
- A series of festive concerts, followed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in a new version of Pinocchio by Anna Ledwich, directed by Dale Rooks
- Prologue ticket scheme upper age range extended: £5 tickets now available for 16-30s
Artistic director Daniel Evans and executive director Kathy Bourne said:
“It’s always a pleasure to welcome audiences to a new Chichester season, but it’s with particular joy that we welcome them to this very special Autumn season, after six long months of our Theatre being dark and empty.
“We’ve worked long and hard to put all the necessary measures in place for our audiences’ and artists’ health and comfort, and to make their visit Covid-safe. While social distancing is in place, we are having to explore other forms of live performance to ensure the theatre’s future sustainability. For now, we are celebrating that Chichester Festival Theatre’s doors are opening again.”
Festival Theatre, 29 October to 7 November 2020, Press Night 2 November, Live Stream 31 October-7 November
Originally due to play in the Spiegeltent this autumn, Sarah Kane’s Crave will be staged to a live, socially distanced audience in the Festival Theatre and – in a first for Chichester – simultaneously live-streamed to global digital audiences.
This unique production will feature a sensory sound and videoscape created by director Tinuke Craig, designer Alex Lowde and sound designer Anna Clock. The cast includes Erin Doherty and Alfred Enoch.
Doherty makes her Chichester debut. Currently playing Princess Anne in series 3 & 4 of The Crown, she has played leading theatre roles, including at The Old Vic, Young Vic, Royal Court and Manchester Royal Exchange.
Enoch also appears at Chichester for the first time. Having played Dean Thomas in seven Harry Potter films, his theatre credits include Red (West End and NT Live), Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Tree (Young Vic) and Timon of Athens (National Theatre).
Celebrating Sondheim: Sunday In The Park With Daniel
Festival Theatre, 1 November 2020
Following the huge success of Concert in the Park, CFT artistic director Daniel Evans hosts another ‘dazzling cornucopia of music and song’ to celebrate musical legend Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. He will be joined on the Festival Theatre stage by stars from the West End to perform numbers from some of Sondheim’s major and lesser-known works.
Gabrielle Brooks wowed audiences at CFT’s Concert in the Park whilst Clive Rowe was last seen in Chichester in Me and My Girl. Jenna Russell starred opposite Daniel Evans in Sunday in the Park with George in London and on Broadway, for which they both won Olivier Awards. Hannah Waddingham makes a welcome return following Kiss Me, Kate (2012). Proceeds from this fundraising concert will support Chichester Festival Theatre’s work with vulnerable young people.
Facing The Music
Festival Theatre, 11, 18 & 25 November 2020
Three distinguished and much-loved performers join writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson to discuss their lives in musical theatre, illustrated by treasured recordings. Patricia Routledge (11 November), Sheila Hancock (18 November) and Michael Ball (25 November).
A Night At The Musicals
Festival Theatre, 13 and 14 November 2020
Following two sell-out shows in last year’s Chichester Spiegeltent, Olivier Award-winning Le Gateau Chocolat and Queen of the Alternative Drag scene Jonny Woo take to the Festival Theatre stage to drag you through the back catalogue of fabulous musicals, from Gypsy to Grease, Annie and The Lion King.
The Black Cat Cabaret: Salon Des Artistes
Festival Theatre, 19-21 November 2020
Salon des Artistes is an evening of variety from London’s much-loved bohemian show troupe The Black Cat Cabaret, returning to Chichester following their-sell-out appearances at last year’s Spiegeltent season.
A Merry Little Christmas Celebration
Festival Theatre, 30 November-3 December 2020
West End singers Rebecca Caine and Rebecca Trehearn, matched with five musicians, will join CFT artistic sirector Daniel Evans and a special guest to sing a range of traditional carols, and share some favourite yuletide poems and prose with some surprises.