Patricia Hodge, Matt Lucas and Tracy-Ann Oberman join the Festival 2018 company

Further lead casting has been announced for Festival 2018. Matt Lucas makes his Chichester debut as Bill Snibson, the Cockney barrow boy who discovers he’s an Earl, in Daniel Evans’s new production of Me and My Girl. Tracy-Ann Oberman returns to the Festival Theatre as Monica in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter; while Patricia Hodge also makes a welcome return as Margrethe Bohr in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen.

Daniel Evans, Artistic Director, says: ‘We’re really delighted to welcome such excellent actors to Chichester this summer. Our audiences will be familiar with Tracy-Ann Oberman from our production of Fiddler On The Roof last summer and Patricia Hodge from Travels With My Aunt in the 2016 season. It’s also wonderful to be able to introduce our audiences to faces that are new to West Sussex and I'm particularly excited to be directing Matt Lucas in Me and My Girl.

‘The musical is rooted firmly in the British music hall tradition and the part of Bill Snibson, our working class hero, requires an actor with funny bones, effortless wit and an innate charm. Matt has these in spades. I can’t wait to see how his unique, inventive comedic talent lights up our main stage this summer at CFT.’

Public booking for all Festival productions opens this Saturday, 3 March at 9am online and on Tuesday 6 March by phone and in person. Click here for further details on the season.