July 31, 2013
Chichester Festival Theatre & Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel
By Julian Mitchell
Director Jeremy Herrin
Minerva Theatre, Chichester
18 September – 19 October
Director Jeremy Herrin returns to Chichester to stage Julian Mitchell’s award-winning drama Another Country, a fictionalised account of the youth of such people as the spy Guy Burgess and the Communist John Cornford, who died in the Spanish Civil War.
Another Country is co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel.
It’s the 1930s: an English Public School.
Bennett and Judd are both outsiders, one coming to terms with his homosexuality, the other already a committed Marxist. But the Establishment has traditional ways of dealing with rebels and when a scandal rooks the school, the young men must confront their beliefs and make choices which will have a momentous impact on their lives.
Julian Mitchell is an English playwright, screenwriter and novelist whose theatre credits include After Aida. His screenplays include Arabesque, Wilde and Vincent and Theo. Television credits include Consenting Adults and episodes of Inspector Morse.
Jeremy Herrin directed Uncle Vanya for Chichester during Festival 2012. He also directed South Downs for Chichester’s Festival 2011, which transferred to the West End in 2012. Earlier this year he was announced as the new Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre. He is Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre where his credits include The Heretic and That Face. Other credits include the critically acclaimed production of This House for the National Theatre, Children’s Children, Haunted Child, Absent Friends, Death and the Maiden and Much Ado About Nothing, and the forthcoming Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC.
Will Attenborough plays Judd. His theatre credits include Festen, All My Sons, Noises Off and Journey’s End (ADC Theatre), the title role in Hamlet (SPS Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Arts Theatre).
Cal Brigden plans Delahay. His theatre credits include the West End production of Butley, and screen credits include Casualty and The Telemachy.
Rob Callender plays Bennett. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2013.
Dario Coates plays Sanderson. His theatre credits include Trailing Dirt for which he received the Best Actor Award at the San Francisco Festival. Screen credits include Drifters and Coronation Street.
Mark Donald plays Devenish. His theatre credits include Widowers’ Houses and A Christmas Carol. Television credits include The Café and Best of Men.
Orlando James plays Barclay. His theatre credits include ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Duchess of Malfi, The Madness of George III (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, West End and Theatre Royal Bath), Judith and Macbeth (Cheek by Jowl, New York, Barbican and European tour).
Oliver Johnstone plays Fowler. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Screen credits include Inspector George Gently, The Syndicate, Little Crackers, Lewis, Whitechapel 3 and Skyfall.
Bill Milner plays Wharton. His screen credits include The Secret of Crickley Hall, My Boy Jack, X Men – First Class, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Son of Rambow.
James Parris plays Menzies. His theatre credits include Richard III and King John (both for the RSC).
Julian Wadham plays Vaughan Cunningham. His previous Chichester credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Philanthropist and Cavalcade. Other theatre credits include This House (National Theatre), West End productions of The Tempest and When We Are Married, That Face, The Recruiting Officer, Our Country’s Good and Serious Money (all for the Royal Court Theatre). Screen credits include The English Patient and The Madness of King George.
Design is by Peter McKintosh whose Chichester credits include Festival 2012’s Uncle Vanya, Love Story (which later transferred to the West End), The Scarlet Letter, Just So and Pal Joey. Other credits include The 39 Steps (West End and Broadway), which received Tony nominations for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design, Crazy For You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and West End), the West End production of Butley and Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
Lighting Design is by Paul Pyant, whose Chichester credits include Separate Tables, Aristo, I am Shakespeare, The Scarlet Letter, Six Pictures of Lee Miller, King Lear, Electra and Talking Heads. Other theatre credits include The Heretic (Royal Court Theatre), West End productions of Flare Path and The Tempest, Richard III (Bridge Project London and New York), Grief (the National Theatre) and Noises Off (The Old Vic and West End).
Sound Design is by Fergus O’Hare whose credits include Festival 2011’s The Syndicate, Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), The Entertainer, Inherit the Wind, Richard II, The Philadelphia Story, Aladdin, Cloaca, Hamlet and The Tempest (all for The Old Vic), Julius Caesar, King Lear, Volpone and The Seagull (all for the RSC), The Merchant of Venice, The Black Album, Translations, Money and An Enemy of the People (all for the National Theatre).
Another Country is sponsored by Thomas Eggar.
Another Country is at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from 18 September – 19 October. Evenings 7.45pm, except for Wednesdays at 8.00pm and the Press Night, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm. Matinees will be 2.45pm on Saturdays and 3.00pm on Wednesdays. Tickets: Previews/Press Night: £24.50, Monday evenings & Wednesday matinees: £30.50, Tuesday – Saturday evenings & Saturday matinees: £35.00. To book, go to cft.org.uk or contact the Box Office on 01243 781312.
Special Prices for 18s – 25s
An allocation of tickets for 18s – 25s priced at just £8.50 for all performances of Another Country will be released on Saturday 17 August. These may be booked on 01243 781312, online at cft.org.uk or in person.
Director Jeremy Herrin will be in conversation with writer Kate Mosse about Another Country on Monday 23 September, 6.00pm, Minerva Theatre. Tickets for this pre-show talk are free; please book in advance through the Box Office on 01243 781312 or online at cft.org.uk/festival-2013-events.
After Words – join some of the Company of Another Country after the performance to discover more about the production on Monday 7 October.
Another Country is co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel. The production runs at Theatre Royal Bath from 4 – 14 September.
February 21, 2013
- Theatre in the Park is unveiled with major new productions of Barnum and Neville’s Island
- Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to direct The Pajama Game
- The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui returns to the Minerva Theatre, then transfers to the West End – Henry Goodman reprises his award-winning role
- Festival 2012 achieved record-breaking audience figures of 220,000
Theatre in the Park, a temporary state-of-the-art auditorium, will stage two productions at the heart of Chichester’s Festival 2013. The brand new space will be erected in June while the £22 million RENEW redevelopment of the Festival Theatre continues.
Mirroring the Festival Theatre’s auditorium, the purpose-built temporary building will house 1,400 seats and a thrust stage. It will be just a few minutes’ stroll across Oaklands Park from the Festival Theatre site.
Theatre in the Park will be unveiled with a major revival of the musical Barnum presented in association with Cameron Mackintosh. Directed by Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this production will star the versatile and consummate Broadway entertainer Christopher Fitzgerald in the title role.
Angus Jackson directs Neville’s Island, the second production to be staged in the Theatre in the Park. Tim Firth’s comedy about a disastrous outward bound expedition promises to be a technically and visually ambitious staging.
Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to direct the musical The Pajama Game, which opens the Festival season in the Minerva Theatre. Love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory but sparks fly when employees are refused a pay rise.
Other highlights of Festival 2013 include the return of the critically acclaimed production The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht, one of the undoubted hits of Festival 2012. Directed by Chichester’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Church, the production will once again feature Henry Goodman reprising his award-winning performance in the title role. Set in Chicago in the 1930s during the Great Depression, the play is a powerful and sharp-witted parable of the rise of Hitler. Following the Chichester run, the play will transfer to the West End’s Duchess Theatre.
The second play to be directed by Angus Jackson during Festival 2013 will be the world premiere of political drama If Only by David Edgar, which takes a witty and astute look at the world of coalition government.
The season ends with Another Country, Julian Mitchell’s sensitive exploration of sexuality and politics, set against the backdrop of a public school. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Another Country is co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel.
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, directed by Dale Rooks, will present Roald Dahl’s The Witches in the Minerva Theatre over the Christmas period.
Since their appointment in 2006, Jonathan Church and Alan Finch have explored ways of developing a younger audience. Chichester Festival Theatre was one of the most successful participants in the Arts Council’s A Night Less Ordinary scheme to give away tickets to young people in 2009 – 10. During 2012 the Theatre also attracted a significant proportion of younger audience members through its temporary pop-up auditorium, Theatre on the Fly, which staged three critically acclaimed productions, Blue Remembered Hills, Playhouse Creatures and Fred’s Diner.
Chichester Festival Theatre remains committed to encouraging independent theatregoing among younger people during Festival 2013 and this has led to the launch of a new scheme for 18 – 25 year olds. A special allocation of tickets priced at just £8.50 for all performances in both Theatres will be released one month before each production opens. Alongside this initiative, the Theatre is revising its approach to ticket pricing by introducing a ‘flexible’ system. This will fix ticket prices at an early-bird rate for a certain period. After this time, the Theatre will have the option to vary prices in response to demand for the most popular performances.
THE PAJAMA GAME
22 April – 8 June, Minerva Theatre
IF ONLY by DAVID EDGAR WORLD PREMIERE
14 June – 27 July, Minerva Theatre
CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH CAMERON MACKINTOSH PRESENTS
15 July – 31 August, Theatre in the Park
THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI by BERTOLT BRECHT
In a translation by GEORGE TABORI revised by ALISTAIR BEATON
15 August – 14 September, Minerva Theatre
NEVILLE’S ISLAND by TIM FIRTH
11 – 28 September, Theatre in the Park
ANOTHER COUNTRY BY JULIAN MITCHELL
18 September – 19 October, Minerva Theatre
THE WITCHES by ROALD DAHL
Adapted by DAVID WOOD
7 December – 4 January, Minerva Theatre
Release issued by: Chichester Festival Theatre
CHICHESTER THEATRE IN THE WEST END
June 15, 2010
OLIVIER AWARDS – Best Play Winners
Best New Play
2012 Collaborators by John Hodge
2011 Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
2010 The Mountaintop
2009 Black Watch by Gregory Burke
2008 A Disappearing Number
2007 Blackbird by David Harrower
2006 On The Shore Of The Wide World by Simon Stephens
2005 The History Boys by Alan Bennett
2004 The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
The BBC Award for Best New Play
2003 Vincent In Brixton by Nicholas Wright
2002 Jitney by August Wilson
2001 Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall
2000 Goodnight Children Everywhere by Richard Nelson
1999 The Weir by Conor McPherson
1998 Closer by Patrick Marber
1997 Stanley by Pam Gems
1996 Skylight by David Hare
1995 Broken Glass by Arthur Miller
1994 Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
1993 Six Degrees Of Separation by John Guare
1992 Death And The Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
1991 Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel
1989/90 Racing Demon by David Hare
1988 Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
1987 Serious Money by Caryl Churchill
1986 Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton
1985 Red Noses by Peter Barnes
1984 Benefactors by Michael Frayn
1983 Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
1982 Another Country by Julian Mitchell
1981 Children Of A Lesser God by Mark Medoff
1980 The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Edgar
1979 Betrayal by Harold Pinter
1978 Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark
1977 The Fire That Consumes by Henry de Montherlant, English version by Vivian Cox with Bernard Miles
1976 Dear Daddy by Denis Cannan
2012 Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill
2011 After the Dance directed by Terence Rattigan
2010 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
2009 The Histories
2007 The Crucible by Arthur Miller
2006 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Richard Eyre
2005 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
2004 Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill
2003 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov
1995 As You Like It by William Shakespeare
1994 Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
1993 An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
1992 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
1991 Pericles by William Shakespeare