Festival 2020 announced

Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne have announced Festival 2020 – an exciting season which includes five world premieres, two musicals, and major revivals of great modern dramas.

Ticket prices have been frozen at 2019 levels across the board, and we’ll once again have 20,000 tickets at £10 in the Festival Theatre and over 10,000 £5 Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year olds.

The Minerva Theatre offers a feast of new and modern drama. The Unfriend is an original new play written by Steven Moffat and directed by Mark Gatiss, the team behind TV’s Sherlock. Suhayla El-Bushra has adapted Andrea Levy’s great novel The Long Song; and we have another new play by US playwright Christopher Shinn, The Narcissist. Two comedies, Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, complete the line-up.

In the Festival Theatre, Brecht’s powerful The Life of Galileo is followed by The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie based on Muriel Spark’s much-loved novel. This year’s classic summer musical will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved South Pacific – never before staged at CFT. Chichester’s world-renowned novelist Kate Mosse has adapted her own book The Taxidermist’s Daughter, set in and around historic Chichester; and Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s darkly comic musical Assassins marks the composer’s 90th year.

The Chichester Spiegeltent returns this autumn to house Sarah Kane’s Crave, before another season of music, cabaret and family entertainment to be announced later this year. For Christmas, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present Anna Ledwich’s brand new adaptation of Pinocchio.

Among the excellent 2020 acting company are Amanda AbbingtonJoanna Ampil, Frances Barber, Gina Beck, Richard Coyle, Lisa Dillon, Henry Goodman, Rob Houchen, Julian Ovenden, Reece Shearsmith and Cherrelle Skeete.

We look forward to welcoming you to Festival 2020.

Friends priority booking opens Saturday 22 February (online) and Tuesday 25 February (by phone and in person)

Groups and Schools booking opens Thursday 27 February

General booking opens Saturday 29 February (online) and Tuesday 3 March (by phone and in person)

Prologue members can also book £5 tickets for all shows in the season online from 29 February.