Chichester Festival Theatre announces 2013 Season

Chichester Festival Theatre announces 2013 Season

Updated On: Sep 20, 2017
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    The newly announced Chichester Festival Theatre 2013 season boasts a variety of productions from plays to musicals, including highly anticipated revivals, brand new world premieres, West End transfers, and an adaptation from a much-loved children’s author.

    THE PAJAMA GAME
    From 22 April until 8 June 2013 – Minerva Theatre
    The season kicks off with the revival of THE PAJAMA GAME starring Hadley Fraser (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary, The Fantasticks, and The Pirate Queen on Broadway) and Joanna Riding. Featuring a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, THE PAJAMA GAME chronicles labour troubles in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where workers' demands for a seven-and-a-half cents raise go ignored. Soon enough, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. Directed by Richard Eyre, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre (Guys and Dolls, Hamlet, Richard III, King Lear, as well as The Crucible and Mary Poppins on Broadway), opening night is set for April 29.

    IF ONLY
    From 14 June until 27 July 2013 – Minerva Theatre
    The world premiere of David Edgar's new play will be directed by Angus Jackson (Goodnight Mister Tom, The Browning Version, Funny Girl, and the NT's The Power of Yes). Set in April 2010, the play follows a Labour special advisor, a Lib Dem staffer and a Tory candidate stranded in Malaga Airport by the Icelandic ash cloud. Edgar's plays include Destiny, Pentecost, Written on the Heart and an award-winning adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC, The Shape of the Table and Playing with Fire for the NT, and a new version of Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder. Opening night is scheduled for June 20.

    BARNUM
    From 15 July until 31 August 2013 – Theatre in the Park
    Two-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald will star in this revival, based on the life of PT Barnum who founded the circus that became the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus.A rising Broadway star, Fitzgerald originated the role of Boq in Wicked and has appeared in Young Frankenstein, Finian's Rainbow, and Al Pacino's production of The Merchant of Venice. An impressive creative team is led by director Timothy Sheader (Artistic Director Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Crazy For You, Into the Woods, Hello, Dolly!), co-director and choreographer Liam Steel (Into the Woods and the new Les Misérables movie), co-choreographer Andrew Wright (Singin' In The Rain) and musical maestro Stephen Brooker (Les Misérables stage and film, Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon). Co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh, with revised book by Mark Bramble, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, BARNUM will open 24 July.

    THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
    From 15 August until 14 September 2013 – Minerva Theatre
    One of the runaway hits of Festival 2012, Bertolt Brecht's THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI takes place in 1930s Chicago during the Great Depression. Henry Goodman will reprise his role as the title character, the menacing crime boss Arturo Ui, following his starring role in the Old Vic's The Winslow Boy from 8 March until 25 May. With music by Matthew Scott, designs by Simon Higlet, the Chichester Festival Theatre's Artistic Director Jonathan Church will direct, with the production later transferring to the West End's Duchess Theatre.

    NEVILLE'S ISLAND
    From 11 September until 28 September 2013 – Theatre in the Park
    A new production directed by Angus Jackson (Goodnight Mister Tom, The Browning Version, Funny Girl, the NT's The Power of Yes), NEVILLE'S ISLAND was written by Tim Firth (The Safari Party, Sign of the Times, The Flint Street Nativity, Our House, Calendar Girls, and the film Kinky Boots). Four out-of-shape, middle-aged businessmen are sent off on a team-building exercise and succeed in becoming the first people ever to get shipwrecked on an island in the Lake District. What should have been a bonding process turns into a muddy, bloody fight for survival – and when you’ve no mobile signal, no-one can hear you scream.

    ANOTHER COUNTRY
    From 18 September until 19 October 2013 – Minerva Theatre
    In a 1930s English public school, where the Establishment has traditional ways of dealing with rebels, Bennett and Judd are both outsiders – one coming to terms with his homosexuality, the other a committed Marxist. When a scandal rocks the school, the young men must confront their beliefs and make choices that have a momentous impact on their lives. Julian Mitchell also adapted ANOTHER COUNTRY for film, starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. Directed by Jeremy Herrin (Uncle Vanya, South Downs, the NT's This House, and Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare's Globe) and co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with fiery angel.

    THE WITCHES
    From 7 December 2013 until 4 January 2014 – Minerva Theatre
    Rounding out the 2013 season will be Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES with direction by Dale Rooks (Noah, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Peter Pan). Adapted by David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom), the children's classic is about a young boy who goes to live with his fabulous Norweigian Grandmama and discovers the truth about a group of witches. Vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice ordinary ladies in order to rid England of its children, it's up to a wise and wonderful Grandmama to prepare her darling Boy to face the most gruesome gathering of witches ever assembled. Recommended for ages 7+.