A Voyage Round My Father Rupert Everett

Chichester Festival Theatre announces winter season of shows

With a fabulously varied array of some of the best touring productions currently on offer in the UK, Chichester Festival Theatre have announced their Winter Season for 2023/24.

Five-star shows coming direct from the West End

Julia Donaldson and The Gruffalo – Photo Credit: Steve-Ullathorne

These include the Olivier and Tomy Award-winning Life of Pi on Thurs 16 Nov – Sat 2 Dec. Then, Liza Goddard, Matthew Kelly and Simon Shepherd star in Michael Frayn’s celebrated Noises Off on Tues 9 – Sat 13 Jan. And, 2:22 A Ghost Story, the supernatural thriller by Danny Robins which won Best New Play at the WhatsOnStage Awards, on Tues 6 – Sat 10 Feb.

Other star-studded dramas include A Voyage Round My Father with BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Rupert Everett on Tues 7 – Sat 11 Nov. There’s also Shakespeare’s classic The Merchant of Venice 1936 with Tracy‑Ann Oberman and Somerset Maugham’s sparky comedy of manners, The Circle, which brings together Jane Asher, Clive Francis and Nicholas Le Prevost on Tues 30 Jan – Sat 3 Feb.

The original cast of a classic Channel 4 sitcom reunite for Drop The Dead Donkey: The Reawakening! on Tues 20 – Sat 24 Feb. Three decades on, Susannah Doyle, Robert Duncan, Ingrid Lacey, Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, Stephen Tompkinson and Victoria Wicks, reimagine this trailblazing, smash-hit TV series. The Nina Simone-inspired Black Is The Color Of My Voice heads to Minerva Theatre on Tues 20 – Sat 24 Feb. Following the iconic singer and civil rights activist’s life it features her most celebrated songs, performed live by Apphia Campbell.

Christmas at CFT – Photo Credit: Tim Hills

Christmas at Chichester Festival Theatre this year will gain be a true family affair

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s will perform a new dramatisation of The Jungle Book for ages 7+, there’s a perfect first musical for ages 3 – 7. While in the Minerva: the Unicorn Theatre production of Stiles & Drewe’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff directed by Chichester’s new Artistic Director Justin Audibert. And for the first time ever, Father Christmas himself is taking up residence in Santa’s Grotto. The season also sees a plethora of music, comedy and performance from favourites such as Judi Dench, Rob Brydon, Fisherman’s Friends and the BBC Concert Orchestra.  

There’s loads of treats for families. Truth & Tails brings the stories by Alice Reeves and Phoebe Kirk to life on Thurs 5 – Sun 8 Oct. Michael Morpurgo’s Carnival Of The Animals comes to Chichester on Sat 13 Jan. It sees the celebrated children’s author and cellist Clare O’Connell celebrate the natural world, and HurlyBurly Theatre return on Fri 26 Jan with You Are The Sun . It’s their very first opera for babies and grownups which explores the magic of nature. 

Off-stage, there’s also a huge number of activities, workshops, pre- and post-show talks and crafts on offer.

For budding performers there’s a Life of Pi Puppetry Workshop with cast member Romina Hytton, Creation Station Chichester returns for October and February half term craft activities and The BRICK People will inspiring Lego enthusiasts. Pop-up Play Cafés and Family Fun before selected Minerva Theatre family performances will provide free crafts, colouring in and a reading zone for ages 0 – 5, and there are new Family Friendly Theatre Tours too.

For further details on these events and much more, visit: www.cft.org.uk 

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