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Complete Festival 2021 season announced

Four new productions to follow South Pacific in Chichester’s Festival 2021 have today been announced by Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne.

Full cast and streaming dates have also been announced for Daniel Evans’s new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, together with further details of the Open Air Weekend and a mini Minerva Cabaret season in June. Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s production of Pinocchio will return for Christmas.

We are also pleased to launch a new partnership with Ecologi, offering patrons option to carbon-offset travel as part of CFT’s green strategy.

Daniel Evans and Kathy Bourne said:

‘We’re delighted to announce four new productions to add to our summer musical, South Pacific. The Long Song, Suhayla El-Bushra’s new adaptation of Andrea Levy’s great novel, follows South Pacific into the Festival Theatre, while Zoe Cooper’s new play The Flock joins Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane (in a co-production with the Lyric Hammersmith) and David Storey’s Home in a stimulating line-up in the Minerva Theatre.

‘These plays – each with a director new to CFT at the helm – take us from the South Pacific to Jamaica, rural Ireland, the North-East of England and back to the Home Counties. All engage, in varying ways, with the differences that divide us – from racial prejudice to warring families, social mores and conflicting beliefs – and whether tolerance and understanding can bring us together.

‘And before we open the Festival Theatre in July, we look forward to welcoming audiences to our Open Air Weekend in Oaklands Park with socially distanced picnic plots for all the family.

‘Our commitment to our local community has remained undimmed over the past year. If anything, this work has grown and deepened, notably through initiatives such as Young Carers Connect, and this – alongside our greatly expanded digital presence – will continue.

‘While we’re all looking forward to a thoroughly good night out, it is important we welcome audiences back safely. We’re continuing to offer a choice of socially distanced performances in both theatres in July and August. And everyone can book with confidence, knowing that should we have to cancel, they’ll be entitled to a full refund.

‘After a challenging year, we can’t wait to reopen our doors – and to see Chichester productions reaching audiences far beyond West Sussex again. In addition to our film of Crave (streaming 18 – 29 May), Caroline, Or Change is now scheduled for New York in the autumn and Singin’ in the Rain splashes down in London later this summer.’

Priority online booking for Friends of Chichester Festival Theatre opens on Saturday 22 May from 9am

General online booking opens on Saturday 29 May from 9am.