Three female figures seen from behind, with microphone in left hand and with raised right arm, silhouetted against the light

Rock Follies

Before the Spice Girls, Sugababes and The Saturdays…

It’s the 1970s and feminism is on the rise. Fed up with the male-dominated entertainment industry, Anna, Dee and Q take the future into their own hands and form a rock band – the ironically named ‘Little Ladies’. And so begins the musical helter-skelter ride of a lifetime. Can principles and ambition co-exist? And can their friendship survive in the dog-eat-dog world of rock?

With a book by Chloë Moss and original songs from the ground-breaking TV series by Howard Schuman and Andy Mackay, this punchy new musical is a rousing, riotous rollercoaster of woman power!

Dominic Cooke, former Artistic Director of the Royal Court, directs; his recent work includes Good (West End), his multi award-winning production of Sondheim’s Follies (National Theatre), and on screen, The Courier.

Carly Bawden, who appeared in CFT’s Concert in the Park in 2021 and whose theatre credits include Julie Jordan in Carousel (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Romantics Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), (National Theatre) and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible), plays Anna. Zizi Strallen returns to Chichester (The Music Man Festival 2008) to play Q; Her West End appearances include the title role in Mary Poppins (for which she received an Olivier Award nomination) and the NT’s Follies.

The cast also includes Samuel Barnett, whose stage credits include Olivier and Tony-nominated roles in The History Boys (also on film) and Twelfth Night; and on screen, The Lady in the Van and Twenty Twelve; Tamsin Carroll (Barnum Festival 2013; 2:22, Hex and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End); and Fred Haig (Tammy Faye, A Christmas Carol, The Courier).


24 Jul 2023


7:15 pm - 10:00 pm


Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Way, Chichester