Events for Chichester Festival Theatre

Sleeping Beauty

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

15th December 2018 - 30th December 2018

A princess under a fairy’s curse pricks her finger on a spindle and sleeps for a hundred years, waiting to be woken by a prince’s kiss.

But hold on a moment. There’s a distinctly different slant to this story. The princess is beautiful and spirited but there are two princes and a lot of threatening thorns. As for the fairy who caused all the trouble in the first place – well, putting things right isn’t as simple as casting another spell.

Rufus Norris’s splendidly entertaining and mischievous version of the original fairy tale ventures beyond the usual ‘happy ever after’ ending with the prince and princess united. The course of true love never did run smooth – especially if your mother-in-law is an ogress with an unfortunate taste for human flesh...

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre are renowned for their wonderfully imaginative productions. They follow their five-star versions of Grimm Tales and Beauty and the Beast with a Sleeping Beauty that will keep you wide awake.

Rufus Norris’s version of Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Young Vic (2002). He is Director of the National Theatre.

Suitable for ages 7+. There will be a Relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty on 30 December at 2pm.

Moscow City Ballet - The Nutcracker

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

3rd January 2019 - 6th January 2019

Moscow City Ballet returns to Chichester Festival Theatre this New Year with their spectacular production of The Nutcracker. Presented in classic Russian style with full orchestra, the ballet is an unmissable climax to the festive season.

The timeless story of Clara, who is whisked away on a magical fairytale adventure by her Nutcracker Prince, is set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and features stunning costumes and sumptuous sets. An enchanting treat for the whole family, this delightful tale is the perfect introduction to Russian classical ballet.

Complete with live orchestra, breathtaking choreography and dazzling performances, The Nutcracker is Moscow City Ballet at its outstanding best.