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.
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.
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.
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November 29, 2013
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.
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.
October 17, 2013
David Hare and Penelope Wilton’s shared introduction to 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.
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!
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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.
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
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.
Theatre: Duchess Theatre
April 28, 2013
Production photos of The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre starring Joanna Riding
It doesn’t take a leap of faith to predict that Chichester might have another West End transfer on its hands this summer, as Richard Eyre directs this revival of classic feelgood musical The Pajama Game (now playing until 8 June 2013).
Starring Joanna Riding and Hadley Fraser, the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical The Pajama Game 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, and it’s unashamedly upbeat romance and comedy and should go down well with Chichester audiences.
It’s also great to see more of Hadley Fraser and Joanna Riding as the two leads, plus a well-known supporting cast that includes Jenna Boyd and Peter Polycarpou, alongside
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.
Choreography is by the dance go-to man of the moment Stephen Mear (Kiss Me, Kate).
Photos by Roy Tan.
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March 12, 2013
Words and music by RICHARD ADLER and JERRY ROSS
Book by GEORGE ABBOTT and RICHARD BISSELL
Based on Bissell’s novel 7½ Cents
Director RICHARD EYRE
Choreographer STEPHEN MEAR
Minerva Theatre, Chichester
22 April – 8 June
Distinguished director Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to open Festival 2013 with the evergreen Broadway musical, The Pajama Game.
Love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams. But when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents an hour raise, sparks fly and the couple find themselves deliciously at odds. Will love, eventually, conquer all in this delightful romantic comedy?
The Pajama Game includes the songs Hey There (You With The Stars In Your Eyes), Hernando’s Hideaway and Steam Heat.
Hadley Fraser plays Sid Sorokin. His West End theatre includes Les Misérables, The Far Pavilions and The Fantasticks. Broadway theatre includes The Pirate Queen. Film credits include The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary and Les Misérables.
Joanna Riding plays Catherine ‘Babe’ Williams. Her theatre credits include National Theatre productions of A Little Night Music and Guys and Dolls, as well as My Fair Lady and Carousel; she won Olivier Awards for the latter two productions. West End credits include The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Billy Elliot, The Witches of Eastwick and Blithe Spirit (also UK tour). Her television credits include the Sky comedy Stella.
Peter Polycarpou plays Vernon Hines. His Chichester credits include Sweeney Todd and Love Story, both of which transferred to the West End. Other credits include the West End productions of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and The Secret Garden, Oklahoma! for the National Theatre, and the popular BBC sitcom, Birds of a Feather.
The cast also includes Jenna Boyd, 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.
Richard Eyre directed The Last Cigarette for Chichester. He was Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 1988 – 1997 where his productions included Guys and Dolls, Racing Demon, Richard III, The Night of the Iguana and Skylight. He has recently directed Betty Blue Eyes and the current West End production of Quartermaine’s Terms. Film and television credits include Notes on a Scandal, Stage Beauty, Iris, Comedians, Henry IV Parts I and II and Tumbledown.
Choreography is by Stephen Mear, whose Chichester credits include Kiss Me, Kate (which recently completed a season at The Old Vic), She Loves Me (which he also directed), The Music Man, Funny Girl and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. West End credits include Shoes, Mary Poppins, Hello, Dolly! and Crazy for You. Mear worked with Trevor Nunn on the National Theatre’s 2002 production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes which transferred for an extended West End run.
Design is by Tim Hatley whose theatre credits include West End productions of Spamalot (also Broadway), Shrek the Musical (also Broadway and UK tour), Betty Blue Eyes (also US tour), Private Lives (for which he won Tony and Olivier Awards) and Humble Boy (for which he won an Olivier Award). He has designed over 20 productions for the National Theatre including Stanley (for which he won an Olivier Award), Henry V, Vincent in Brixton, Endgame and Mrs Klein. Film credits include Notes on a Scandal, Stage Beauty and Closer.
Gareth Valentine is the Musical Supervisor and Musical Director, and is also responsible for the Dance Arrangements. His previous Chichester credits include Kiss Me, Kate (which recently finished a season at The Old Vic) and My One and Only. Other credits include the Olivier Award-winning production of Crazy For You (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park and West End), Into the Woods, End of the Rainbow (Royal & Derngate, West End, UK tour and Broadway), the Olivier-Award winning production of Company (Donmar Warehouse), the West End production of Wicked, Acorn Antiques (West End and UK tour), West End productions of Porgy and Bess and My One and Only, and the Olivier Award–winning production of Anything Goes (National Theatre and West End).
Lighting Design is by Howard Harrison whose Chichester credits include 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, and for which he won an Olivier Award, BAM and Broadway), 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 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.
The Pajama Game is sponsored by Oldham Seals Group and Reynolds Fine Furniture.
The Pajama Game is at the Minerva Theatre from 22 April – 8 June. Evenings 7.45pm, except for Wednesdays at 8.00pm and the Press Night, Monday 29 April, 7.00pm. Matinees will be 2.45pm on Saturdays and 3.00pm on Wednesdays. Tickets: Previews/Press Night: £22.50, Evenings/Matinees: £31.50. 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 The Pajama Game will be released on Friday 22 March. These may be booked on 01243 781312, online at cft.org.uk or in person.
Director Richard Eyre will be in conversation about The Pajama Game with author Kate Mosse on Friday 26 April, 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/events-2013.
After Words – join some of the Company of The Pajama Game after the performance to discover more about the production on Monday 20 May.
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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
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CHICHESTER THEATRE IN THE WEST END