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Chichester announce new season: Imelda Staunton to play Gypsy, Rupert Everett in Amadeus

March 6, 2014 

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its new season for 2014, with some big-hitting shows and stars set to appear, and a number of shows with West End transfer potential.

Stars lined up for the new season include Rupert Everett, Imelda Staunton, Sophie Thompson, Peter Polycarpou, David Haig, Penelope Wilton, Rosalie Craig,  Zoë Wanamaker, Patricia Routledge and Dervla Kirwan.

Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton

Chichester Festival Theatre’s artistic director Jonathan Church has announced his plans for the 2014 season.

The Festival Theatre will reopen in July after a £22 million refurb with a revival of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus starring Rupert Everett as Salieri and directed by Jonathan Church.

Peter Shaffer’s work is set to dominate this season, with a revival of his 1965 farce Black Comedy planned, and a number of special events and rehearsed readings.

Long associated with big musicals, Chichester will present two major Broadway hitters this year. Jonathan Kent will work with Imelda Staunton again following their collaboration on Sweeney Todd, to present a new revival of Gypsy, featuring choreography by Stephen Mear and starring Staunton as Mama Rose, Lara Pulver as Louise and Kevin Whately as Herbie.

Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett

The theatre will also revive Guys and Dolls, directed by Gordon Greenberg and with choreography by award-winning dancer Carlos Acosta. The cast features Clare Foster as Sarah Brown, Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, Peter Polycarpou as Nathan Detroit and Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide.

Also running in the 2014 season will be three brand new dramas: Pitcairn by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guv’nors), Pressure by David Haig and Taken At Midnight by Mark Hayhurst.

Richard Bean’s new play Pitcairn explores the fallout from the mutiny on the Bounty with salty humour and growing horror, and will be directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

Pressure by David Haig, who will also star in the play alongside Malcolm Sinclair, tells the little known true story of a Scottish meteorologist’s crucial role in determining the outcome of the 1944 June D-Day landings.

Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton

Taken At Midnight by Mark Hayhurst uncovers the harrowing true story of Hans Litten, a celebrated lawyer in 1930s Germany, who famously put Hitler on the witness stand, with devastating consequences. The cast includes Penelope Wilton and will be directed by Jonathan Church.

The theatre will also present two new adaptations of classic plays: Miss Julie adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and The Hundred and One Dalmatians adapted by Bryony Lavery.

The new version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz will star Rosalie Craig (The Light Princess), and will be paired with Black Comedy as a double-bill.

Bryony Lavery’s new adaptation of The Hundred and One Dalmatians will be staged by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre directed by Dale Rooks.

Other productions include Zoë Wanamaker playing the title role in Stevie, Hugh Whitemore’s play about poet Stevie Smith, alongside Lynda Baron and Chris Larkin; Dervla Kirwan will star in bittersweet romance Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune by Terrence McNally; and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband starring Patricia Routledge, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.

 

CHICHESTER FESTIVAL 2014 – LISTINGS

STEVIE by Hugh Whitemore
Director: Christopher Morahan
24 April – 24 May, Minerva Theatre

PRESSURE by David Haig
Director: John Dove
31 May – 28 June, Minerva Theatre
A co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

MISS JULIE by August Strindberg in a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
BLACK COMEDY by Peter Shaffer
Director: Jamie Glover
4 July – 9 August, Minerva Theatre

AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer
Director: Jonathan Church
12 July – 2 August, Festival Theatre

GUYS AND DOLLS
A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Director: Gordon Greenberg
11 August – 21 September, Festival Theatre

PITCAIRN by Richard Bean
Director: Max Stafford-Clark
22 August – 20 September, Minerva Theatre
A co-production with Out of Joint and Shakespeare’s Globe

TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT by Mark Hayhurst
Director: Jonathan Church
26 September – 25 October, Minerva Theatre

GYPSY
A MUSICAL FABLE
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee
Director: Jonathan Kent
6 October – 8 November, Festival Theatre

FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE by Terrence McNally
6 November – 6 December, Minerva Theatre

AN IDEAL HUSBAND by Oscar Wilde
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
21 November – 13 December, Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre
THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS by Dodie Smith
in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery
Director: Dale Rooks
20 December – 3 January, Festival Theatre

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre website

Imelda Staunton to star in Gypsy

February 14, 2014 

Chichester Festival Theatre has confirmed that Imelda Staunton will star as Rose in their new production of Gypsy.

Imelda Staunton to playing Gypsy Rose Lee

Imelda Staunton to playing Gypsy Rose Lee

The Jule Styne musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim is based on the life of famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

Chichester artistic director Jonathan Kent will direct the show, that will run in Chichester from October 2014.

Other casting is to be announced although rumours are that Kevin Whately is to play Herbie and Lara Pulver to play Louise Hovick.

Imelda Staunton returns to Chichester after playing Mrs Lovett alongside Michael Ball in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2011, which transferred to the Adelphi Theatre.

If this production of Gypsy is a success, expect another West End transfer.

Other shows that may be coming to Chichester soon include a new production of Guys and Dolls.

Now Booking: The Pajama Game starring Joanna Riding

December 16, 2013 

Richard Eyre’s revival of The Pajama Game has gone on sale in the West End.

Joanna Riding in The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Joanna Riding in The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Opening in May 2014 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Richard Eyre directs a revival of his acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Pajama Game.

The show still star double Olivier Award winning actress Joanna Riding, who reprises her role as Babe Williams, and joined by Michael Xavier as Superintendent Sid Sorokin.

The Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical is set within the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams.

Richard Eyre is currently directing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre, with a cast that includes Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson in the show. Eyre’s Almeida production of Ghosts is also transferring into the West End starring Lesley Manville.

Currently playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre is Tim Rice’s new musical From Here to Eternity, which closes at the Shaftesbury Theatre in April 2014.

LINKS

Book tickets to The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre

 

Chichester’s The Pajama Game to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre

November 29, 2013 

Richard Eyre’s revival of The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre is to transfer to the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.

Hadley Fraser and Joanna Riding in The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Hadley Fraser and Joanna Riding in The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Opening in May 2014, Richard Eyre directs a revival of classic feelgood musical The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

A hit this summer in Chichester, the show starred Joanna Riding and Hadley Fraser, alongside a supporting cast that included  Jenna Boyd, Peter Polycarpou, Dan Burton, Ricardo Coke-Thomas, Amy Griffiths, Richard Jones, Claire Machin, Eugene McCoy, Jo Morris, Sophia Nomvete, Landi Oshinowo, Alexis Owen Hobbs, Carl Sanderson, John Stacey, Colin Stinton and Lauren Varnham.

Casting hasn’t been confirmed for the show but Riding and Fraser are expected to sign on.

The Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical is set within the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams.

With a medley of well known songs including Hey There (You With The Stars In Your Eyes), Hernando’s Hideaway and Steam Heat, it’s unashamedly upbeat romance and comedy and should go down well with West End audiences.

Richard Eyre is currently directing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre, with a cast that includes Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson in the show. Choreographer on the show is Stephen Mear, who also choreographed The Pajama Game.

It is a busy time for Richard Eyre, with this Almeida production of Ghosts also transferring into the West End starring Lesley Manville.

Currently playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre is Tim Rice’s new musical From Here to Eternity, which closes at the Shaftesbury Theatre in April 2014.

LINKS

Photos of The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Interview with Sir Richard Eyre

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Book tickets to Ghosts at the Trafalgar Studios 

 

From Here to Eternity to close in April

November 29, 2013 

As revealed by WestEndTheatre.com on Wednesday, Tim Rice’s new musical From Here to Eternity will end its run at the Shaftesbury Theatre in April 2014.

Robert Lonsdale in From Here to Eternity

Robert Lonsdale in From Here to Eternity

The show, which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in October 2013, will have run for over 7 months in the West End.

Aadapted from the novel by James Jones, which became the Oscar-winning movie starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, the show is a big-budget, epic musical that tells the tale of illicit love and army life set against the backdrop of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The musical unites the writing talents of Tim Rice (lyrics), Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book), and is directed by Tamara Harvey.

The show stars Robert Lonsdale as Prewitt, Darius Campbell as Warden, Ryan Sampson as Maggio, Siubhan Harrison as Lorene and Rebecca Thornhill as Karen. The cast also includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Marc Antolin, Julie Armstrong, Warren Sollars and Matthew Wesley.

From Here to Eternity will be followed into the Shaftesbury Theatre by Richard Eyre’s Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Pajama Game in May 2014.

WestEndTheatre Comment

Given that this show is full of great songs, hot men (yes, that is you Robert Lonsdale), sexy women, incredible choreography, some stunning sets and a rollicking good story, we are still confused why From Here to Eternity hasn’t quite captured everyone’s imagination. It can’t be just the curse of the Shaftesbury! It’s easy to blame the marketing people but they seem to have found it a tough one to position (or perhaps, haven’t been allowed to position it how they think it should be!). Sex sells, and the initial campaign looked positively old-fashioned and cheesy. Just because something is set in the 1940′s doesn’t mean that it has to look like that on the poster!

Catch this show whilst you still can.

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David Hare and Penelope Wilton: Uncle Vanya and the National Theatre

October 17, 2013 

David Hare and Penelope Wilton’s shared introduction to the National Theatre.

David Hare and Penelope Wilton, speaking at the National Theatre

David Hare and Penelope Wilton, speaking at the National Theatre

The National Theatre’s “50 at the National” celebrations are currently underway, are hfeaturing some fascinating Platforms.

The National Theatre’s Platforms are already a theatre institution in their own right, providing a regular 45 minute window (always at 6pm) built around the National’s work and current productions, and theatre generally.

This Tuesday’s (15 October 2013) Platform saw actress Penelope Wilton and writer David Hare take to the stage to discuss their associations with the National Theatre.

And both were surprised to learn that their first experience of the NT was seeing Olivier’s production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at Chichester in 1962.

Laurence Olivier became the National’s first artistic director when the National Theatre Company was constituted in 1962. The National Theatre Company first performed on 22 October 1963 with a production of Hamlet, at the Old Vic Theatre, which was to be the National’s first home until the Olivier Theatre on the South Bank was completed in 1976.

But in 1962 Olivier was the first director of the Chichester Festival Theatre, and formed a company there that would unite with the Old Vic Company in 1963 to form the National Theatre Company.

This 1962 season in Chichester has become theatre legend, featuring three classic productions, Fletcher’s The Chances, Ford’s The Broken Heart and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, all directed by Laurence Olivier.

The Chances starred Rosemary Harris, Kathleen Harrison, Robert Lang, Keith Michell, John Neville and Joan Plowright, designed by Malcolm Pride.

The Broken Heart starred Laurence Olivier, Robert Lang, John Neville, Joan Greenwood, Keith Michell, Peter Woodthorpe, Rosemary Harris, Fay Compton and Alan Howard, designed by Roger Furse.

And Uncle Vanya starred Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Joan Plowright, Joan Greenwood, Lewis Casson, Sybil Thorndike, Andre Morell, Fay Compton and Peter Woodthorpe, designed by Sean Kenny.

An original clip of Uncle Vanya can be viewed on YouTube, and David Hare noted that the style of Michael Redgrave’s acting was incredibly naturalistic and contemporary and would not jar with modern audiences at all.

LYN HAILL

Penelope Wilton named Lyn Haill as her unsung hero of the National Theatre, and a close friend. Lyn has been Head of Publications at the National for a number of years and both Wilton and Hare praised her work, particularly for the quality of the programmes that she and her team produce, programmes that have raised the bar for what theatre audiences expect from a programme.

WORLD THEATRE AT THE NATIONAL

Both Penelope Wilton and David Hare criticised the lack of UK regional productions and international productions staged at the National. Both felt that a perspective on world theatre for London audiences had been lost by decreasing the amount of international or UK regional companies allowed to perform at the National in recent years.

PENELOPE WILTON AS JUDITH BLISS

Theatre producers on standby please. Penelope Wilton has always dreamed of playing Judith Bliss in Noel Coward’s comedy Hay Fever. No one has ever asked her and she is patiently waiting. GET TO IT!

LINKS

National Theatre at 50 website
Amazon.co.uk: Buy Uncle Vanya starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Redgrave on DVD
More news on the National Theatre
National Theatre: About the Publications team and Lyn Haill

Casting announced for ANOTHER COUNTRY at Chichester

July 31, 2013 

Chichester Festival Theatre & Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel
ANOTHER COUNTRY
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.

Adrian Edmondson, Rufus Hound, John Marquez, Tim McMullan to star in NEVILLE’S ISLAND

July 31, 2013 

By Tim Firth
Directed by Angus Jackson
Theatre in the Park, Chichester
11 – 28 September

Multi-talented actors Adrian Edmondson and Rufus Hound lead the cast in Tim Firth’s dark comedy about a disastrous outward bound team-building exercise which will be staged at the Theatre in the Park, Chichester.

Neville’s Island will be the second production staged in the temporary state-of-the-art auditorium which has been built while the Festival Theatre’s £22 million RENEW redevelopment continues. This revival promises to be a technically and visually ambitious staging of a darkly funny play.

Four out-of-condition businessmen 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 amidst a carnival of recrimination, French cricket and sausages.

Adrian ‘Ade’ Edmondson plays Gordon. He rose to prominence during the 1980s when he became best known for roles in the BBC comedy series The Young Ones and Bottom, in which he appeared alongside his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson also appeared in The Comic Strip Presents…TV series. Other screen credits include The Supergrass, Jonathan Creek, Holby City, Miss Austen Regrets and Teenage Kicks, which he also co-wrote. He co-founded the band The Bad Shepherds, formed The Idiot Bastard Band with Phil Jupitus and has also written and performed for the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. He has also appeared as a regular TV presenter on programmes such as Ade in Britain and The Dales and was a finalist in the 2011 series of Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.

Rufus Hound plays Roy. Hound’s current role as Francis Henshall in the West End run of One Man, Two Guvnors follows his performance in the UK tour of the National Theatre’s award-winning production. Other acting credits include Utopia (Soho Theatre) and a leading role in the film The Wedding Video, written by Tim Firth.

He recently presented BBC Radio 4’s My Teenage Years, a series in which celebrities talk about the diaries that they kept during adolescence. The programme was a Silver Winner in the Best Comedy category at the 2013 Sony Radio Awards. Hound has appeared as a regular panellist on numerous popular television quiz and comedy shows including Celebrity Juice, Argumental and Would I Lie to You? He took part in Let’s Dance for Sport Relief, winning the 2010 series for his memorable performance as Cheryl Cole, dancing to Fight For This Love.

John Marquez plays Neville. His Chichester credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I Caught My Death in Venice. Other theatre credits include West End productions of Privates on Parade and The Anniversary, Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), A Flea in Her Ear (The Old Vic), The Emperor Jones, Market Boy and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (all for the National Theatre).

Tim McMullan plays Angus. His theatre credits include A Flea in Her Ear (The Old Vic), The Cherry Orchard, Present Laughter, Coram Boy, His Dark Materials, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Murmuring Judges and Racing Demon (all for the National Theatre), West End productions of The Misanthrope and The Deep Blue Sea (also UK tour), The Noise of Time, Light, Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol and The Master and Marguerita (all for Complicité).

Chichester Associate Angus Jackson directed the 2013 Olivier Award-winning production Goodnight Mister Tom, and directs two other Festival 2013 productions, If Only (which played from 14 June – 27 July) and King Lear (31 October – 30 November). Jackson’s other Chichester credits include The Browning Version (also West End), Bingo (also Young Vic), Wallenstein and Funny Girl. He has also directed Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Rocket to the Moon and The Power of Yes for the National Theatre.

Designer Robert Innes Hopkins renews his collaboration with Jackson following their previous Chichester productions:Goodnight Mister Tom (UK tour and West End), Bingo (also Young Vic) and Wallenstein. He will also design the Festival 2013 production of King Lear. Other credits include Clybourne Park (Royal Court Theatre and West End), The Malcontent and The Comedy of Errors (both RSC), and the National Actors Theatre production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which featured Al Pacino in the title role.

Lighting Design is by Howard Harrison whose Chichester credits include Festival 2013’s The Pajama Game, The Way of the World, Love Story (which transferred to the West End), Hay Fever, The House of Special Purpose, The Music Man, The Circle, Twelfth Night, Macbeth (which transferred to the West End, BAM and Broadway, and for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design and was nominated for a Tony Award), The Water Babies and Nocturne for Lovers. Other theatre credits include West End productions of Backbeat, Butley, Glengarry Glen Ross, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime and Heroes.

Sound Design is by Paul Groothuis whose Chichester credits include Festival 2013’s The Pajama Game, Kiss Me, Kate, Sweeney Todd and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, all of which transferred to the West End. Other credits include His Dark Materials, Edmond, Henry V and A Streetcar Named Desire (all for the National Theatre), Anything Goes, My Fair Lady and All My Sons (National Theatre and West End), as well as the West End productions of Children’s Hour and Flare Path.

Composer is Isobel Waller-Bridge whose Chichester credits include Festival 2013’s If Only, Mydidae (Soho Theatre and West End), A Woman killed with Kindness and A Christmas Carol (both for the National Theatre), Blink and The Girl with the Iron Claws.

Neville’s Island is sponsored by Harwoods and Jackson-Stops & Staff.
Neville’s Island runs in the Theatre in the Park from 11 – 28 September, Evenings 7.30pm (except for Press Night, Friday 20 September, 7.00pm). Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm. 18 – 25 tickets £8.50, Preview tickets on September 11, 12 and 13 from £10, other tickets from £15. To book, visit cft.org.uk or contact the Box Office on 01243 781312.

Special Prices for 18s – 25s
An allocation of tickets for those aged 18 – 25 priced at just £8.50 for all performances of Neville’s Island will be released on 10 August. These may be booked on 01243 781312, online at cft.org.uk or in person.

Playwright Tim Firth and Director Angus Jackson will join writer Kate Mosse in conversation about the process of staging Neville’s Island on Monday 23 September, 6.00pm, Minerva Theatre.

After Words – join some of the Neville’s Island Company after the performance to discover more about the production on Monday 23 September.

Full Cast Announced for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Opens Duchess Theatre on 25 September – With Henry Goodman

July 19, 2013 

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI

BY BERTOLT BRECHT

IN A TRANSLATION BY GEORGE TABORI REVISED BY ALISTAIR BEATON

DIRECTED BY JONATHAN CHURCH

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED

OPENS AT THE DUCHESS THEATRE ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2013

WITH PREVIEWS FROM 18 SEPTEMBER

The full cast is announced for Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which will open at the Duchess Theatre on 25 September with previews from 18 September. The production will once again feature Henry Goodman reprising his award-winning performance in the title role.

This celebrated production of Bertolt Brecht’s epic savagely funny parable of the rise of Hitler also features Keith Baxter, Michael Feast, William Gaunt and Joe McGann. Other cast include Mark Carlisle, Alex Giannini, Amanda Gordon, Charlie Hamblett, Lucas Hare, Hugh John, Richard Mark, Lizzy McInnerny, Peter Moreton, Steve Simmonds, Colin Stinton, David Sturzaker and Benny Young.

Chicago in the 1930s, the Great Depression – a time of unemployment, fear and corruption and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power. Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large, from the markets, to the docks and across the city itself.

Brecht’s work includes The Threepenny Opera (with Kurt Weill), The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Good Person of Szechuan and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Prior to its West End run, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will return to the Minerva Theatre, Chichester for a limited engagement from 15 August to 14 September.

Henry Goodman plays Arturo Ui. He recently starred in The Old Vic’s production of The Winslow Boy. His other numerous theatre credits include Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End), Copenhagen (Lyceum Theatre Sheffield), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and West End), The Hypochondriac (Almeida), Chicago (Adelphi), Art, Hysteria (Royal Court, West End and on tour) and Assassins (Donmar). Work at the RSC includes the title role in Richard III, The Comedy of Errors and Henry VIII. His credits for the National Theatre include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Guys and Dolls. Goodman’s television credits include Yes, Prime Minister (Gold) and he will soon be seen in the forthcoming dramas Falcón (Sky Atlantic HD) and Final Flight (BBC2). Films include Wonder, Taking Woodstock, The Damned United, Keen Eddie, Colour Me Kubrick, Green Street, Out on a Limb, Churchill – The Hollywood Years, Notting Hill and Mary Reilly. He has won and been nominated for Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and Critics’ Circle Awards for his roles in Duet for One, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Hysteria, Assassins, Groucho at Large, Peter Pan, Metamorphosis, Every Man in His Humour, The Devils, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone, The Time of Your Life, The Merchant of Venice and Angels in America.

Keith Baxter plays the Actor. He has previously appeared at Chichester in Elvira ’40, The Inconstant Couple, A Woman of No Importance, Tonight We Improvise, Antony and Cleopatra and The Country Wife. He also directed After October, Dangerous Corner and Rope at Chichester (the latter two productions both transferred to the West End). Baxter’s numerous credits also include the stage and screen productions of Chimes at Midnight, directed by Orson Welles.

Michael Feast plays Roma. He has previously appeared at Chichester in A Month in the Country, Macbeth (also West End, BAM and Broadway), Twelfth Night, The Master and Margarita, Faustus, Nathan the Wise, The Seagull, A Christmas Carol and Vivat! Vivat Regina! Other theatre credits include The King’s Speech (UK tour and West End), The Forest, The Tempest, No Man’s Land and American Buffalo (National Theatre), Faust I & II (RSC Stratford), Murder in the Cathedral, Measure for Measure (RSC Stratford and London) and Ourselves Alone (Royal Court and Dublin).

William Gaunt plays Old Dogsborough. He has previously appeared at Chichester in The Cherry Orchard. Other theatre credits include Sixty Six Books – Concerning Faith (Bush Theatre), Henry IV Parts I & II (Shakespeare’s Globe), King Lear and The Seagull (RSC), Humble Boy, Albert Speer, The Cherry Orchard, Look Back in Anger, The Mysteries and An Inspector Calls (National Theatre), and West End productions of The Miracle Worker, Travels With My Aunt, Boys in the Band and Flip Side.

Joe McGann plays Giri/O’Casey. He has previously appeared at Chichester in The Water Babies. Other theatre credits include Of Mice and Men (Nottingham Playhouse and West End), the West End production of Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes, and national tours of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Guys and Dolls.

Jonathan Church is Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director. His credits for Chichester include Singin’ in the Rain, which transferred to the West End in 2012 and begins a nationwide tour later this year, having received Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations and a Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Choreographer. His Chichester credits also include The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, The Grapes of Wrath, Pravda, Hobson’s Choice, The Circle and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other credits include the Olivier Award-nominated Of Mice and Men.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is produced in the West End by Chichester Festival Theatre, Duncan C Weldon, Nica Burns, Liza McLean, Charles Diamond and Max Weitzenhoffer.

Director Jonathan Church

Designer Simon Higlett

Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell

Music Matthew Scott

Sound Designer Mike Walker

Casting Director Gabrielle Dawes

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre

July 9, 2013 

Henry Goodman reprises his wildly acclaimed performance as Arturo Ui in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre.

There is never a dull moment in this version of Bertolt Brecht’s funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler, all shot through with razor-sharp wit.

Henry Goodman is hypnotic as Arturo Ui, in his finely-detailed account of a Thirties American gangster who is unmistakably Adolf Hitler.

His tour de force performance reveals the growth of a man from upstart to megalomaniac, as Ui slowly exerts a stranglehold over Chicago and neighbouring Cicero in Jonathan Church’s superlative production.

The cast includes Henry Goodman, Michael Feast, William Gaunt, Joe McGann, Keith Baxter and Lizzy McInnerny.

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