Chichester announces the complete festival season

Published: 22 May 2021
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Chichester Festival Theatre

Four new productions to follow South Pacific have been announced by Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne.

There will be two world premières—The Long Song, a new adaptation by Suhayla El-Bushra based on Andrea Levy’s novel directed by Charlotte Gwinner, and The Flock by Zoe Cooper, directed by Guy Jones—and revivals of two modern dramas—Rachel O’Riordan directs Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, in a co-production with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, and Home by David Storey will be directed by Josh Roche.

There will be an Open Air Weekend and Minerva Cabaret in June and Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s production of Pinocchio by Anna Ledwich will return for Christmas 2021.

Evans and Bourne said, “the plays—each with a director new to CFT at the helm—take us from the South Pacific to Jamaica, rural Ireland, the North East of England and back to the Home Counties. All engage in varying ways, with the differences that divide us—from racial prejudice to warring families, social mores and conflicting beliefs—and whether tolerance and understanding can bring us together."

In addition to the film of Crave (streaming 18–29 May), Caroline, Or Change is now scheduled for New York in the autumn and Singing’ in the Rain opens in London later this summer.