The full casts have been announced for the opening productions of Festival 2017, FORTY YEARS ON and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE.
Daniel Evans, Chichester’s new Artistic Director, opens Festival 2017 directing Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, running at the Festival Theatre from 21 April – 20 May. Richard Wilson leads the cast as the Headmaster, with Thomas Bird, Lucy Briers (Miss Nisbitt), Alan Cox (Franklin), Jenny Galloway (Matron), Michael Hamway, Joe Idris-Roberts, Danny Lee Wynter (Tempest), Michael Lin, Oliver Marshall, James McConville, Martin Sarreal and Silas Wyatt-Barke. Over 50 local young people will also be part of the company.
Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical Caroline, Or Change runs at the Minerva Theatre from 6 May – 3 June, directed by Michael Longhurst. Sharon D. Clarke plays Caroline Thibodeaux; joining her in the cast are Keisha Amponsa Banson (The Radio), Me’sha Bryan (The Washing Machine), Angela Caesar (The Moon), Alex Gaumond (Stuart Gellman), Nicola Hughes (Dotty Moffett), Teddy Kempner (Mr Stopnick), Beverley Klein (Grandma Gellman), Ako Mitchell (The Dryer/The Bus), Abiona Omonua (Emmie Thibodeaux), Gloria Onitiri (The Radio), Vincent Pirillo (Grandpa Gellman), Jennifer Saayeng (The Radio) and Lauren Ward (Rose Stopnick Gellman).