Chichester has always been an excellent destination for a cultural holiday, with plenty of attractions, events and festivals to enjoy throughout the year. This year looks to be no exception, and one of the highlights will be the reopening of the Chichester Festival Theatre after its £22 million refurbishment.
To allow time for the refurbishment to be completed, the theatrical season will be starting a little later than usual – in July, rather than in April – but it looks sure to deliver with a star studded programme to suit all tastes.
First, Rupert Everett stars as Salieri in Amadeus, the award-winning play by Peter Shaffer which portrays the fictional relationship between the composers Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Amadeus runs from the 12th July to the 2nd August, and is part of a celebration of Shaffer and his works alongside talks and other performances.
Other highlights of the season include the musicals Guys and Dolls and Stephen Sondheim’s Gypsy, which stars award winning actress Imelda Staunton and Kevin Whateley of ITV’s Lewis. Later, in November, Chichester based actress Patricia Routledge is to star in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde.
There are also three world premieres to look forward to at the Minerva Theatre, the more intimate venue of the Chichester Festival Theatre. Pitcairn explores the events of the mutiny on the Bounty, Pressure tells the little-known true story of the crucial role meteorology played in the D-Day landings, and Taken at Midnight, another true story, tells the story of German lawyer Hans Litten, who put Hitler on the witness stand and as a result earned the dictator’s enmity.
The refurbishment of the theatre will improve facilities for visitors with a better layout, improved disabled access and a more open foyer to reduce queues, and while the auditorium may not look much different the seating has been refurbished and reconfigured for a better view. Behind the scenes, improvements to the technical rig and stage facilities mean that productions can be bigger and brighter than before.
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