The Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its 2014 season led by Rupert Everett, Imelda Staunton, Carlos Acosta, Patricia Routledge and Zoe Wanamaker, with the reopening of the Festival Theatre following a multi-million pound restoration.
Chichester Artistic Director Jonathan Church said: "We're immensely proud of our new theatre and of the season that celebrates our year of transformation. As great writers, great directors and great performers are at the heart of what we do, I'm thrilled to present a programme distinguished by the finest dramatic writing, with new plays standing front and centre of our season."
As part of the celebration of the work of Paul Shaffer a revival of AMADEUS, starring Everett as Salieri, will run from 12 July until 2 August. Church will direct this dramatisation of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rival Antonio Salieri.
Shaffer’s 1965 play BLACK COMEDY will run as a double bill at the Minerva Theatre from 4 July until 9 August, along with a new adaptation of MISS JULIE starring Rosalie Craig (The Light Princess).
Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton will star as Mama Rose in GYPSY at the Festival Theatre from 6 October until 8 November. Directed by Jonathan Kent, it also stars Lara Pulver (Parade; BBC’s Sherlock ) and Kevin Whately (Lewis, Inspector Morse).
A revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, with choreography from Carlos Acosta, will be the first musical at the Festival Theatre from 11 August until 21 September. Directed by Gordon Greenberg, it will star Jamie Parker (Proof, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The History Boys), Clare Foster (Merrily We Roll Along, Crazy For You, Avenue Q, We Will Rock You), Peter Polycarpou (The Pajama Game, Sweeney Todd) and Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson (She Stoops To Conquer, Into The Woods, Company, Clybourne Park ).
Prior to its run at Shakespeare’s Globe, Richard Bean’s PITCAIRN will play at the Minerva Theatre from 22 August to 20 September, directed by Max Stafford-Clark.
Olivier Award winner David Haig’s new play PRESSURE will run at the Minerva from 31 May to 28 June, starring Haig (Yes, Prime Minister, Mary Poppins) as well as Malcom Sinclair (Privates On Parade).
Jonathan Church will direct Mark Hayhurst’s TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT from 26 September until 25 October at the Minera Theatre, starring Penelope Wilton.
Olivier and Tony award winner Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) returns to Chichester following her hugely popular turn as Lady Bracknell in 2000, to star in a revival of Oscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND at the Festival Theatre from 21 November to 13 December.
Olivier Award winner Zoe Wanamaker (Passion Play), Lynda Baron and Chris Larkin will star in Hugh Whitemore's STEVIE in the Minerva Theatre from 24 April to 24 May, about English poet and novelist Stevie Smith.
Finally, Dervla Kirwan (The Weir) will star in FRANKIE & JOHNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE by Terrence McNally in the Minerva Theatre from 6 November to 6 December.