Chichester Festival Theatre has today [18 February 2016] announced an eclectic 2016 season – the last under the leadership of Jonathan Church and Alan Finch as Artistic Director and Executive Director.
The Festival 2016 season welcomes the Chichester Festival debuts of directors Bertie Carvel, Christopher Luscombe, Jonathan Munby and Adrian Noble, while welcoming back Howard Davies, Jeremy Herrin, Rachel Kavanaugh and Richard Wilson. The acting company is led by Edward Bennett, James Bolam, Hugh Bonneville, Bryan Dick, Julian Glover, Patricia Hodge, Steven Pacey and Anne Reid.
Church commented: “If our final season has one theme it is the always urgent question of power: who has it, and who wants it. Whether the social dramas of Ibsen and Galsworthy or the dark comedy of Alistair Beaton’s new play FRACKED!, the pernicious effects of war in Mark Hayhurst’s new drama First Light and Rattigan’s classic Ross or the political upheavals of This House, these plays explore a century of power shifts and struggles. The lighter side of the search for fulfilment is explored in our two joyous musicals, Travels with My Aunt and Half A Sixpence.
“Over the past 10 years we have welcomed directors and actors of the finest calibre, many making their Chichester debuts, and this season is no exception. It’s fitting to end the year once again with a new production from our brilliant Youth Theatre and the promise of a future generation.”
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary withLove’s Labour’s Lost(pictured, above) and Much Ado About Nothing.
Two highlights from last year’s festival will be seen in London this year: Jonathan Kent’s staging of Young Chekhov transfers to the National Theatre from July, and Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild receives its London premiere at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in May. Guys and Dolls, originally produced in Festival 2014, will extend its West End life by transferring from the Savoy to the Phoenix Theatre in March and will simultaneously tour the UK. Church’s hit 2011 production of Singin’ in the Rain tours South Africa and Australia.
The Olivier-winning Goodnight Mister Tom completes another London season this week and tours the UK again until May 2016 with the Children’s Touring Partnership. David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, with Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde, is co-presented by CFT in Toronto and New York.
For further information cft.org.uk