Chichester Theatre has announced details for the first productions of its 60th-anniversary festival season. The full 2022 Festival season will be unveiled in February. The opening two plays are:
- Chichester-based author Kate Mosse’s adaptation of her best-selling novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which premieres at the Festival Theatre in April 2022 and is directed by Róisín McBrinn
- Opening the Minerva Theatre season is Alecky Blythe’s new Recorded Delivery verbatim drama Our Generation, a co-production with the National Theatre, and directed by Daniel Evans
The Festival will also include Alex Jennings who leads the cast in Stephen Beresford’s new play The Southbury Child. A co-production with London’s The Bridge Theatre, directed by Nicholas Hytner, it marks Jennings’ debut at both Chichester and The Bridge Theatre where it will run after its Chichester opening in June.
Elsewhere, Daniel Evans’s Festival 2021 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific will open in Manchester before its London run at Sadler’s Wells. Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck will lead the cast. It will then tour to Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury.
Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne said:
‘This theatre, built by the community, for the community, has been at the heart of West Sussex cultural life since its inception.
‘It was here, in 1962, that Laurence Olivier established the nucleus of the National Theatre company that opened at the Old Vic the following year; so it’s especially appropriate that, 60 years on, we begin our Minerva season with a co-production with the National.
‘And what could be more appropriate for our 60th-anniversary curtain-raiser in the Festival Theatre than a new play by an internationally best-selling writer with Chichester in her very bones? Not only has Kate Mosse been intimately connected with CFT since childhood, her thrilling and timely play The Taxidermist’s Daughter is set in historic Chichester itself. We are equally delighted that Róisín McBrinn makes her directorial debut here.’
Tickets on sale from 26 November 2021.