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Open Air Weekend - Let the sunshine in

Chichester Festival Theatre presents a celebratory weekend of open air entertainment in Oaklands Park from Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 June, heralding the reopening of the Theatre ahead of the summer musical South Pacific.

Concerts in the Park will take place on Thursday 3, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 June at 7pm and on Sunday 6 June at 2pm. Concerts in the Park will feature a celebrity compère, West End stars including Carly Bawden (Romantics Anonymous, Alice, My Fair Lady) and Ako Mitchell (Caroline, Or Change, Sister Act, The Color Purple) and a superb live band to perform beloved numbers from musical theatre and beyond for an uplifting evening of (hopefully!) sunshine and song. The concerts are directed by Louise Shephard, whose recent work includes CFT’s Celebrating Sondheim concert, and the musical director is Theo Jamieson.

Family Fun in the Park will take place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 June at 1.30pm, with actors using puppetry to bring stories including Lauren Child’s That Pesky Rat to life. Families can also join in a fun ‘Dance-Along’ as part of Telling Tiger Tales. Suitable for ages 4+.

The format will follow the highly successful model seen at last summer’s events, with a raised stage erected next to the Festival Theatre on Oaklands Park. Plots will be marked out on the Park for all events, with small plots for up to two people and larger plots for up to six people.

Dress floral! Why not bring on the flower power, whether in your favourite frock, leggings, a fancy tie or just a buttonhole?

Arrangements will be in place for social distancing, and all rules and guidelines prevalent at the time will be strictly adhered to throughout the event. The event is being planned with the co-operation and support of Chichester District Council.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on 29 April

The Open Air Weekend is sponsored by Montezuma’s.