Erin Doherty     Alfred Enoch
Wendy Kweh    Jonathan Slinger


By Sarah Kane

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Tinuke Craig’s direction gives it a noirish tautness... A magnetic, edge-of-the-seat tension.


Darkly stylish

The I Newspaper

What’s astonishing, what holds and grips is the power of the writing. All of this is beautifully managed in Craig’s production


An extraordinary play for extraordinary times. Spine-tingling stuff. Superb direction from Tinuke Craig.

Chichester Observer

Tinuke Craig’s production is a rending, agonising achievement. This is theatre that leaves its mark – art from the edge of endurance.

The Stage

The cast is phenomenal

This Week New York

Here I am, once again, here I am, here I am, in the darkness, once again

Please note: performances of Crave - both in person and live streamed - will continue up to and including Wednesday 4 November. From Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 November, the play will be staged behind closed doors at the Theatre and streamed live to audiences at home.

In a damaged world, four characters search for the light.

Angry, funny, defiant, kind and cruel, Crave is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of love. Pulsing with loss and longing, its resonance will be doubly powerful as we begin to reconnect our lives after the loneliness and seclusion inflicted by a global pandemic.

Originally due to play in the Spielgeltent this autumn, Crave will be staged to a live, socially distanced audience in the Festival Theatre and – in a first for Chichester – simultaneously live-streamed to global digital audiences. 

This unique production will feature a sensory sound and videoscape created by director Tinuke Craig, designer Alex Lowde, lighting designer Joshua Pharo, film designer Ravi Deepres and composer Anna Clock, with movement by Jenny Ogilvie.

Sarah Kane is considered to be one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century. She came to prominence in 1995 with her seminal first play, Blasted. Over her short career she wrote five plays and a film. Crave premiered in August 1998 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Today, her plays are performed around the world.

Erin Doherty makes her Chichester debut. Currently playing Princess Anne in series 3 & 4 of The Crown, she has played leading theatre roles, including at The Old Vic, Young Vic, Royal Court, and Manchester Royal Exchange. Born and brought up in West Sussex, she was named an Evening Standard Rising Star and a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2018, and featured in The Elle List 2020.

Alfred Enoch also appears at Chichester for the first time. Having played Dean Thomas in seven Harry Potter films, his theatre credits include Red (West End & NT Live), Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Tree (Young Vic) and Timon of Athens (National Theatre). Television includes Sherlock and How To Get Away With Murder.

Wendy Kweh’s extensive theatre credits include The Welkin and Top Girls at the National Theatre, Julius Caesar at The Bridge, Snow in Midsummer for the RSC and Chimerica in the West End; this is her Chichester debut. Her television appearances include several series of Holby City and The Bill.

Jonathan Slinger returns to Chichester where he last appeared in Yes, Prime Minister (2010). His many roles for the RSC include Hamlet, Prospero, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III, while recent West End appearances include City of Angels, Fanny and Alexander, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Urinetown. His recent TV includes The Salisbury Poisonings and I May Destroy You.

Tinuke Craig’s production of random/generations was a highlight of Festival 2018; since then, her work includes The Color Purple (Curve Leicester).

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Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. In this programme, CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans recalls working with Sarah Kane. The programme also contains rehearsal photos, biographies, an insight into the design and other background reading material.

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Cast & Creatives

  • Erin Doherty

  • Alfred Enoch

  • Wendy Kweh

  • Jonathan Slinger


Creative team

Cast List

Tinuke Craig


Alex Lowde


Joshua Pharo

Lighting Designer

Anna Clock

Composer and Sound Designer

Ravi Deepres

Film Designer

Jenny Ogilvie

Movement Director

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director




Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Crave - Festival Theatre£10£15£20£20£25
Crave - Live Stream £10£15£20
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights
  • Livestream performances: Discounts do not apply
  • Donate a Seat: To help us get back to full strength as soon as we can, please consider supporting us by donating an empty seat for £10. Every pound you donate will help to support the Theatre’s activities, as well as our employment of freelance artists during the pandemic. Thank you for your support.

Live streaming tickets
Everyone will get the same view regardless of which ticket they buy, however we're asking you to consider paying what you normally would for a night at the Theatre. This will help support CFT, as we continue to produce creatively ambitious, world-class theatre and connect with our communities. It's possible for a group to watch together on just one purchased ticket but, if you feel able, please consider buying multiple live stream tickets if more than one person is watching.

Content and themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

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Age Guidance: 16+
Language: Strong language
Nudity: None
Violence: None anticipated
Themes: Love, loss and desire. Rape, incest, child sexual abuse, anorexia, drug addiction, mental instability, murder, suicide.


Age Guidance 
Ages 16+
Running Time
Approximately 50 minutes, with no interval
Contains strong language