Events for Chichester Festival Theatre

This Is My Family

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

20th April 2019 - 15th June 2019

James Nesbitt, Sheila Hancock and Clare Burt lead the cast in Tim Firth's hilarious musical comedy about a spirited 13 year-old who wins a dream holiday for her fractious family: a celebration of the lifelong adventure that is family love.

Shadowlands

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

26th April 2019 - 25th May 2019

Hugh Bonneville plays the celebrated Narnia writer C.S. Lewis in this much-loved, multi award-winning play about his life-changing relationship with New York poet Joy Gresham.

Plenty

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

7th June 2019 - 29th June 2019

Rachael Stirling plays former secret agent Susan Traherne, battling for her body and mind as Britain loses its pre-war role in the world, in David Hare's explosive modern classic.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

15th July 2019 - 7th September 2019

Handsome cowboy Curly McLain is head over spurs for local farm owner Laurey Williams. But lonely ranch-hand Jud Fry has his sinister sights set on her too.

And Laurey’s not the only girl with cowboy problems. Ado Annie’s beau Will Parker is back from chasing steers in Kansas City, where he won the fifty dollars her father insists Will must have to marry her. But this irrepressible farm girl won’t be bought quite so easily.

Luckily for this love-struck crew of spirited ranchers and bronco busters, wise Aunt Eller is riding ahead of the herd.

With its glorious score and spirit of exuberant optimism, Oklahoma! is the American musical by which all others are judged. Rodgers and Hammerstein broke new ground in perfectly integrating music and dance to tell a story whose darker undercurrents never overwhelm its rapturous vitality. Among the unforgettable songs are Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top and the show-stopper Oklahoma.

Josie Lawrence, whose stage work ranges from Shakespeare at the RSC and Globe to The King and I in the West End, plays Aunt Eller. Her extensive television credits include Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Humans and Outside Edge, and she makes regular appearances at the Comedy Store. Hyoie O’Grady plays Curly; he recently played Enroljas in Les Misérables in the West End, having graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Arts last year. Also making her Chichester debut, as Laurey, is Amara Okereke, winner of the 2018 Stage Debut Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Cosette in Les Misérables.

There will be a Relaxed performance of Oklahoma! on 29 August at 2.30pm, especially suitable for individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum, sensory and communication disorders or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.

Macbeth

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

21st September 2019 - 26th October 2019

Ambition falls headlong into tyranny and chaos in Shakespeare's great tragedy, and two corrupted souls hurtle to the heart of darkness. John Simm and Dervla Kirwan play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this contemporary production.

The Butterfly Lion

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

5th October 2019 - 9th November 2019

When Bertie is sent away from the African farm of his childhood to school in England, he leaves behind not only his beloved mother and the beautiful land, swarming with wildlife, but also his best friend – a white lion he rescued as a cub.

Bertie’s struggle to adjust to his new life in harsh, grey England is alleviated only by a chance friendship with the equally lonely Millie and his dreams of his treasured lion, now trapped in a French circus. But their remarkable journey is only just beginning, and the pair are destined to meet again.

The Butterfly Lion combines music, design and puppetry to bring a magical adventure to life: celebrating nature, friendship and the triumph of love.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel, which won the Smarties Prize and the Writers’ Guild Award, this new stage adaptation is written by CFT’s Writer-in-Residence Anna Ledwich and directed by Dale Rooks whose many Chichester productions include The Midnight Gang (2018) and Running Wild (2015).

Recommended for ages 7+.

The Wizard of Oz

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

14th December 2019 - 29th December 2019

When Dorothy runs away from her home in Kansas with her faithful dog Toto, she’s caught up in a terrifying cyclone and finds herself in the strange and magical land of Oz.

There she encounters a host of curious and enchanting characters. Accompanied by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, can Dorothy escape the Wicked Witch of the West, reach the Emerald City and find the mysterious Wizard of Oz?

Don your ruby slippers and join Chichester Festival Youth Theatre as they journey along the yellow brick road in a wonderful adventure for all the family.

This faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and features all the beloved songs from the 1939 classic film, including Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

Lucy Betts, who directed 2018’s Sleeping Beauty, takes the reins again for another stunning festive production from the remarkable CFYT.

Recommended for ages 7+. There will be a Relaxed performance of The Wizard of Oz on 27 December at 2pm.