Chichester announces new autumn season

Published: 24 September 2020
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Celebrating Sondheim with Daniel Evans, Gabrielle Brooks, Hannah Waddington, Clive Rowe, and Jemma Russell
Henry Goodman and Lucy Parham

Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne have announced a live, 'socially distanced' season of drama, music, comedy and cabaret at Chichester Festival Theatre, running from late October to early January.

It includes Sarah Kane's Crave, directed by Tinuke Craig, for ten performances and live streamed to digital audiences. For Christmas, there will be a series of festive concerts followed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in a new version of Pinocchio by Anna Ledwich, directed by Dale Rooks.

Michael Ball, Sheila Hancock and Patricia Routledge will be in conversation with Edward Seckerson. Cabaret and comedy will include Frisky and Mannish, The Black Cat Cabaret, Barely Methodical Troupe, Rich Hall, Suzi Ruffell, Russell Kane and Rosie Jones.

Music will range from a celebration of Sondheim with West End Stars to a song recital by Kate Royal, a new concert from Joe Stilgoe and a portrait of Rachmaninoff with Henry Goodman and Lucy Parham.

Evans and Bourne said, "it's always a pleasure to welcome audiences to a new Chichester season, but it's with particular joy that we welcome them to this very special autumn season after six long months of our theatre being dark and empty. We hope there is something to entice people of all ages to experience once more the uniquely uplifting exhilaration of live performance."