Events for Chichester Festival Theatre

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 - 15th 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.