We're delighted to announce a Spring season of music, memories and fascinating stories. A new digital series of our popular Facing The Music interviews sees five distinguished performers joining writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson to discuss their lives in musical theatre, illustrated by some treasured recordings. The interviews will be streamed in February and March and tickets are on sale now.
The line-up features much-loved performer Patricia Routledge, whose career at Chichester spans five decades; Giles Terera, whose extensive musical credits include winning the 2018 Olivier Award for his performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton; the multi award-winning Imelda Staunton, whose Olivier-winning performances in Sweeney Todd and Gypsy at Chichester later transferred to the West End; and Philip Quast, who appeared in the original London production of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and is internationally renowned for his performance as Javert in Les Misérables. Alongside these, we'll be celebrating Sheila Hancock's recent Damehood by offering another chance to see her Facing The Music event, originally shown in November.
There’s also another chance to see the acclaimed Celebrating Sondheim concert first broadcast last autumn – this time marking the composer’s 91st birthday on 22 March – with Gabrielle Brooks, Daniel Evans, Clive Rowe, Jenna Russell and Hannah Waddingham.
While our Theatres remain closed, our commitment to staying connected with our community is undimmed. Offstage, our adult weekly community classes continue to run online during lockdown, along with Little Notes music sessions for babies and toddlers, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre sessions, and a new programme of weekly creative workshops for Young Carers.