Musical lovers in Chichester are in for a treat: from July 15th to 31st August, Theatre in the Park will be performing Barnum, the story of legendary American showman Phineas Barnum.
The show enjoys a vibrant history. It originally opened on Broadway in 1980, closing in 1982 after 854 performances. The star studded cast included Jim Dale as Barnum and Glenn Close as his wife Charity. When it made its West End debut in 1981, the London cast starred theatrical royalty Michael Crawford as Barnum. This will be the first British run of the show since then; it will be performed in a temporary 1,400 seat auditorium, a perfect setting for the man who created The Greatest Show on Earth.
The exciting new production will feature Christopher Fitzgerald, rising Broadway star and two time Tony award nominee, and Tasmin Carroll, best known for her portrayal of Nancy in the West End production of Oliver! With its engaging storyline, irrepressible score by Cy Coleman and Cameron Mackintosh producing, it is one of the festival’s most eagerly awaited tickets.
It’s hoped it’ll be one of a recent line of Chichester successes which have transferred to the West End, including recent productions of Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me Kate and Singin’ in the Rain. Visit the Chichester Festival Theatre website to book tickets.
Summer is undoubtedly the best time of year to visit Chichester, with the Festival in full swing. With its close proximity to the city centre, Crouchers Country Hotel is ideal for your weekend away; with its luxury bedrooms and unpretentious atmosphere, it’s designed to put you at your ease.
You needn’t worry about being at a loss in the evenings- all bedrooms come with free Wifi access and a plasma TV with digital channels. If you like food, wine and socialising, you’ll love our restaurant and bar: as well as being full of character with wonderful views, it’s won AA2 Rosettes for food excellence. The Sunday lunch comes strongly recommended.
Why not get in touch with our friendly staff? They’ll be full of suggestions for where to eat and what to see during your visit. Call us at 0843 5159 399 for further details.
Only some 15 years ago did Chichester’s District see the beginning of its farmers market that has grown in size, stalls and numbers over the many years and is well worth going for a visit during your relaxing stay in one of our luxurious hotel rooms. The market joins the people of Chichester together to sell locally sourced produce to fellow locals and the thousands of visitors who descent every year.
This is a fantastic way to get a true taste of the Chichester area, as the regulations around being directly involved with the Farmers Market are strict and demand two important things:
- All produce must be reared, caught, grown, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder
- The stallholder must be within 30miles of the local area.
Therefore, this guarantee is that all the beautiful goods that are brought to the market for selling are quality local produce. Our farmers market is a fantastic family day out providing something for everyone. Food is not the only thing available to buy when visiting the farmers market; a range of handicraft stalls with homemade goodies are also abundant, so you can get yourself or your loved ones a lovely keepsake to cherish from Chichester.
We are extremely proud of the long history of our farmers market and of the high quality standard of food sold by the locals. Our very own restaurant in Chichester buys all locally sourced foods to help promote the smaller local businesses. Chichester is a friendly place to visit and we have made it our priority to promote Chichester’s renowned friendly atmosphere in our restaurant.
Here at Crouchers Hotel and Restaurant strongly promotes the local culture, harbour, countryside and the people by opening our restaurant to everyone as well as our guests. With the beautiful sun shining and the hot weather with us for a while, there is no better way to kick back and relax in our garden and restaurant than with a tasty beverage and some nibbles.
Please check out our stunning gallery so you can see for yourself, the wonderful area our hotel is situated in and why so many people choose to holiday in Chichester.
When William Shakespeare’s King Lear comes to Chicester in November, the eponymous monarch will be played by triple-Tony award winning actor Frank Langella. Directed by Angus Jackson, the play will see out an initial 2 month run, before transferring to New York in 2014.
The 75 year old actor has been in show business for over fifty years, and his stage and screen roles include Zorro, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. He is perhaps best known to cinema-goers for playing Richard Nixon opposite Michael Sheen’s David Frost in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon, for which he received an Oscar nomination. Langella had actually played the role two years previously in Peter Morgan’s original stage play of the same name before it was adapted to the screen, winning one of his three Tony Awards.
The role of Lear is often called the ‘Everest of acting’ and has most recently been played by English stage heavyweights Sir Derek Jacobi at the Donmar Warehouse, and Sir Ian McKellen at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Artistic director at the Chichester Festival Theatre Jonathan Church said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that this legendary American actor has accepted our invitation to lead the company of King Lear here at Chichester.”
For the city of Chichester, the arrival of Langella will prove to be a fitting epilogue to the annual four-week arts and music festival, the “Festival of Chichester” that runs throughout the summer months. As the vibrant arts scene continues to thrive in the city, Crouchers offer some of the best hotel rooms in Chichester for a weekend or week filled with culture. Spend a weekend break taking in the sights and sounds of this historic city, followed a night at the theatre before retiring to your very own luxury bedroom.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat between activities then there’s a whole host of Chichester restaurants to choose from, each offering stunning dishes to taste before or after Langella’s virtuoso performance as The Mad King. For more information on booking your Chichester escape, why not contact us and a member of our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to help you.
Our regular black tie and entertainment evenings are well attentended and a great success .
We are busy planning our next event and the dates will be posted on our site .
Visit one of the sandiest UK beaches just over an hour from London or visit countryside sights and harbours, all closer than you might think, this 2012.There are ample boating and watersports available to suit the whole family .
With road and rail improvements over the course of 2011, namely the Hindhead tunnel on the A3 and increased train speed times from London Victoria rail station and London Bridge, getting out of London to the south coast is now an every weekend practicality.
One of our favourite destinations is Chichester, West Sussex, which is famous for West Wittering beach, one of the sandiest beaches in the UK. The beach is fantastic all year round for walks but the in spot during the summer. Chichester is also a great spot for independent retailers, quirky restaurants and boutique hotels in Chichester.
Getting to Chichester is easy. Jump on the frequent trains from London Victoria, departing every 30 minutes to Portsmouth and then alight at Chichester rail station. Places to stay include hotels and bed and breakfasts both in the city centre, and others conveniently accessed for the countryside, beach, harbours and a short ride to the city centre. Try the Crouchers Country hotel www.croucherscountryhotel.com.