Festival 2017 unveiled

Chichester’s Festival 2017 has been unveiled and everyone will find something to enjoy in this especially exciting season, which introduces a new era under the leadership of Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Rachel Tackley.

There’s a mix of classic and contemporary plays and musicals, with a wealth of major revivals including Alan Bennett’s first play Forty Years On, set in a school on the South Downs; Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, King Lear; Tennessee Williams’ searing and timely Sweet Bird of Youth; a rediscovered gem by Githa Sowerby, The Stepmother; and Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious trilogy The Norman Conquests.

The first of our musicals is the Olivier Award-winning Caroline, Or Changean uplifting and moving portrait of 1960s America which mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs. A brand new staging of the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof, packed with much-loved, show-stopping songs, promises an exhilarating summer musical in the Festival Theatre.

We have new plays from Deborah Bruce, James Graham (whose This House was one of the hits of Festival 2016) and Edna O’Brien who has created a new play from her landmark novel The Country Girls. The stellar casts for these productions hail from both sides of the Atlantic and include Sharon D. Clarke, Omid Djalili, Marcia Gay Harden, Ian McKellen, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Brian J. Smith and Richard Wilson.

10,000 tickets are available at £10, while Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year-olds are now just £5. Daniel and Rachel look forward to welcoming you to Chichester for Festival 2017.

Important dates

  • General online booking opens Saturday 4 March at 9am.
  • Become a Friend for access to priority booking from 25 February plus season discounts
  • Phone and in person booking opens Tuesday 7 March
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