CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE: AUTUMN SEASON UPDATE AND SPRING SEASON PREVIEW
Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner to star in Michael Frayn’s Benefactors next February
New dates for A Merry Little Christmas Celebration and Pinocchio
Online streams for Sheila Hancock, Michael Ball, Joe Stilgoe and A Merry Little Christmas Celebration
Following the COVID-19 lockdown until 2 December, Chichester Festival Theatre is deeply sorry to have had to cancel or postpone some of the shows in the Autumn season.
However, we are glad to be able to stream a number of performances to audiences at home; and after 2 December, our Christmas shows are scheduled to go ahead with some date alterations. We are also actively planning our Spring season.
Looking ahead to early 2021, Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner – who starred in the BBC’s hugely popular Outnumbered– will lead the cast of a new production of Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning classic comedy, Benefactors.
Directed by Charlotte Gwinner in a co-production with Jonathan Church Theatre Productions, and touring to Bath Theatre Royal, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, The Lowry Salford and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham after its Chichester run, Benefactors is a funny, gripping and wryly shrewd look at the unforeseen consequences of our best intentions.
The production will run at Chichester from 5 – 27 February, and booking will open in early January.
Streaming to audiences at home this Autumn will be:
Facing The Music: Sheila Hancock in conversation with Edward Seckerson, Wednesday 18 November at 2.30pm
Facing The Music: Michael Ball in conversation with Edward Seckerson, Wednesday 25 November at 2.30pm
Joe Stilgoe – Out of the Shed, Wednesday 25 November at 7.30pm
A new intimate show performed on the Festival Theatre stage – Joe’s own songs, classics from Jimmy Webb to Joni Mitchell to Stevie Wonder to Cole Porter – and the spotlight back on his first love, the piano.
A Merry Little Christmas Celebration, Friday 4 December as below
Christmas shows to live, socially distanced audiences at CFT will now run as follows:
A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – NEW DATES:
Thursday 3 December – Saturday 5 December, Festival Theatre
Thu & Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Fri 7.30pm
Friday 4 December, 7.30pm, Live Stream
A joyous and warming evening of seasonal words and music, with Simon Callow reading yuletide poems and an extract from A Christmas Carol, and West End singers Rebecca Caine, Emmanuel Kojo and Rebecca Trehearn joining CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans and a special surprise guest each night for a range of traditional carols and festive favourites.
DEAR SANTA will play as originally scheduled:
5 – 24 December, Minerva Theatre at Chichester Festival Theatre
Music, laughter and plenty of (socially distanced) audience participation, with a chance to meet Santa himself after the show. A perfect introduction to theatre for ages 2 – 7.
PINOCCHIO – NEW DATES:
16 December 2020 – 2 January 2021, Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present a brand-new version of this classic tale, written especially for them by CFT’s Writer-in-Residence Anna Ledwich with music by Tom Brady. Director Dale Rooks, whose work at Chichester includes The Butterfly Lion, The Midnight Gang and Running Wild, will bring her trademark visual flair and gift for storytelling to this darkly magical reinvention. Recommended for ages 7+.
There will be a Polish-translated performance of Pinocchio on 21 December at 7pm and a Relaxed Performance on Sunday 27 December at 2pm.
All remaining shows in the Autumn season have been cancelled. We hope it may be possible to reschedule them in the future. All ticket holders are being contacted with the option of exchanges, credits, refunds or donations.
cft.org.uk 01243 781312
Tickets from £10. Booking for Benefactors will open in the New Year.
Prologue: £5 tickets for 16 – 30s
£5 tickets are available for 16 to 30 year-olds for A Merry Little Christmas Celebration and Pinocchio; sign up for free at cft.org.uk/prologue.
Autumn & Spring 2020 sponsors
A Merry Little Christmas Celebration is sponsored by itd Consultants
Pinocchio is sponsored by Henry Adams and Mercer
Seaward Properties sponsor our Autumn season
Benefactors is sponsored by Wiley