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Chichester announces Festival 2022

Published: 5 March 2022
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Crazy for you Credit: Seamus Ryan
Amanda Abbington, Reace Shearsmith in The Unfriend Credit: Seamus Ryan
The Famous Five Credit: Tim Hills

Chichester Festival Theatre's Festival 2022, along with a roster of special events to mark its 60th anniversary season, has been announced by Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne.

There will be three musicals: Crazy For You directed by Susan Stroman (music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Ken Ludwig) with Charlie Stemp heading the cast, Local Hero directed by Daniel Evans (book by David Greig and music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler) and The Famous Five directed by Tamara Harvey (music and lyrics by Theo Jamieson, book by Elinor Cook, based on books by Enid Blyton) in a co-production with Theatr Clwyd.

The new plays are The Taxidermist's Daughter directed by Róisin McBrinn, Our Generation directed by Daniel Evans, The Unfriend by Steven Moffat with Amanda Abbington, Frances Barber and Reece Shearsmith directed by Mark Gatiss, The Narcissist by Christopher Shinn directed by Josh Seymour and The Southbury Child by Stephen Beresford with Alex Jennings directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Also, Henry Goodman will play Poirot in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig and directed by Jonathan Church, Nicole Charles will recreate her Chichester production of Roy Williams's Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads in the Minerva Theatre and Alan Ayckbourn's Woman in Mind will be directed by Justin Martin.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre will present Alan Bennett's adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, with music and additional lyrics by Jeremy Sams, for Christmas.