Chichester announces 60th anniversary season

Published: 20 November 2021
Reporter: Sheila Connor

The Taxidermist's Daughter
Our Generation
South Pacific

Chichester Festival Theatre's 60th anniversary season includes new plays by Kate Mosse and Stephen Beresford, a co-production with the National Theatre and a classic musical.

Kate Mosse's new play, The Taxidermist's daughter, will première in the Festival Theatre in April 2022, directed by Róisin McBrinn, while Alecky Blythe's Our Generation, a co-production with the National Theatre directed by Daniel Evans, will open the Minerva Theatre season.

Stephen Beresford's new play The Southbury Child, directed by Nicholas Hytner with a cast led by Alex Jennings, is a co-production with Bridge Theatre, opening at Chichester in June before its London run.

Daniel Evans's 2021 production of South Pacific will open in Manchester before a London run at Sadler's Wells where Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck will lead the cast, after which it will 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, 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 than Kate Mosse's play, The Taxidermist's Daughter, which is set in historic Chichester itself. We are equally delighted that Róisin McBrinn makes her directorial debut here."

The full Festival 2022 season will be announced next February.