Chichester announces Festival 2023

Published: 19 February 2023
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Daniel Evans Credit: Seamus Ryan

The final season programmed by outgoing Artistic Director Daniel Evans has been announced by Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne.

It includes three musicals: The Sound of Music wiith Gina Beck as Maria directed by Adam Penford, Assassins with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim directed by Polly Findlay and Rock Follies, a new musical by Chloe Moss directed by Dominic Cooke.

There will be productions of three new plays: Never Have I Ever by Deborah Frances-White directed by Emma Butler, The Inquiry by Harry Davies directed by Joanne Bowman and a new adaptation of The Jungle Book by Sonali Bhattacharyya for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

Other modern and classic dramas include Liza Williams and Joshua James in Noël Coward's The Vortex directed by Daniel Raggett, Eilean Atkins and Sebastian Croft in Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles directed by Richard Eyre, the UK première of Mom, How did you meet the Beatles by Adrienne Kannedy and Adam P Kennedy directed by Diyan Zora, Rory Bremner in James Graham's Quiz directed by Daniel Evans and Seán Linden and Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart in a co-production with Headlong, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Rose Theatre.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre will perform a promenade production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream through West Dean Gardens directed by Jon Pashley.

Evans said, "this is the seventh and final season I've programmed at Chichester. I'd like to thank the many thousands of freelance artists, creatives and technical staff who''ve brought them to life; CFT's indefatigable staff, and of course our audiences, who are among the most supportive and adventurous theatregoers in the country. I know they will welcome my successor, Justin Audibert, with the same warmth that greeted my and Kathy's own arrivals in this beautiful and unique theatre."

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