The Bank Holiday weekend was a landmark moment in CFT history as we hosted our first live events since February.
Our partnership with Chichester Cinema at New Park for the Drive-In Cinema went down particularly well with local audiences, who turned out in their droves to enjoy screenings in Northgate car park over the course of three days. Our Family Fun event on Monday morning saw Hugh Bonneville and a team of professional puppeteers, alongside some of our own CFYT members, bring two of Judith Kerr's much-loved children's stories to life: The Tiger Who Came To Tea and Mog The Forgetful Cat. It was fantastic to see so many children, parents and grandparents enjoying these stories in the sun before jumping to their feet and dancing in a Charleston routine with choreographer Lauren Grant.
The weekend culminated in our Concert in the Park - a rousing repertoire of musical theatre songs performed by West End stars Gina Beck, Gabrielle Brooks, Rob Houchen, Julian Ovenden and Giles Terera. Our Artistic Director Daniel Evans took to the stage alongside them for a few songs and shared his own gratitude with the audience for returning to support CFT, while compere Omid Djalili kept the crowd laughing throughout. The standing ovation after the final number (You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel) was a wonderful way to close the weekend.
To everyone who helped make this weekend happen, and to the 3,700 adults and young people who joined us for a screening, a storytelling session, the evening concert - or who simply paused to listen for 10 minutes while passing! - thank you for your support. We hope to have more live events for our audiences very soon. In the meantime, here's a selection of photos from the weekend to enjoy.