Curtain up on Festival 2018

It’s curtain up on Festival 2018! Building on the success of a record-breaking season in 2017, Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Rachel Tackley have announced a kaleidoscopic array of classics, musicals and new work – a true testament to the breadth of CFT’s work.

There are classic comedies, powerful contemporary dramas and timely revivals, as well as two musicals and a family show. In the Festival Theatre, the season opens with Noël Coward’s sparkling comedy Present Laughter, followed by Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden, set on the Sussex downs.

The uproarious and much-loved ‘Lambeth Walk’ musical comedy Me and My Girl provides the traditional musical centrepiece of the season; it’s followed by a second musical, the award-winning Flowers for Mrs Harris. A family show adapted by Bryony Lavery from David Walliams’s best-selling children’s book The Midnight Gang promises an autumn treat for all ages.

Over in the Minerva, we have new plays from acclaimed playwrights Charlotte Jones (The Meeting) and Laura Wade (The Watsons), alongside revivals of award-winning contemporary plays: debbie tucker green’s random and generations, Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and Mike Bartlett’s Cock. And, proving the 17th century still speaks to us today, the bawdy Restoration romp The Country Wife.

The acting company includes some of the most exciting and beloved names in British theatre: Rufus Hound, Penelope Keith, Amanda Root, Oliver Ford Davies, Susannah Fielding, Caroline Quentin, Charles Edwards, Paul Jesson, Clare Burt, Joanna Riding and Gary Wilmot.

Over 20,000 tickets are available at £10 in the Festival Theatre – double the number of previous years and now available for every performance. Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year-olds remain at just £5. Rachel and Daniel look forward to welcoming you to Chichester for Festival 2018.

Festival 2018.