Chichester Midnight Gang and Beauty and the Beast online

Published: 3 May 2020
Reporter: Sheila Connor

David Walliams's The Midnight Gang and the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast, adapted by Anna Ledwich with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor, will be the next productions to be streamed online from Chichester Festival Theatre. Both productions will be available on CFT's web site for 30 days, The Midnight Gang from 30 April and Beauty and the Beast from 21 May.

The Midnight Gang, which premièred at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018, was adapted by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, directed by Dale Rooks. A gang of children each night escape from their hospital beds to make their dreams come true, but will they let the new boy Tom join in their forbidden midnight adventures and will the child-hating matron or the scary-looking porter spoil their fun?

Beauty and the Beast was the 2017 Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production, directed by Dale Rooks with a cast of 72 young people with design by Simon Higlett.

Both productions were originally filmed, edited and streamed live to children at local hospitals by The Umbrella Rooms.