Sponsorship Spotlight: Hancock & Partners

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Stephen Beresford’s new play The Southbury Child is sponsored by local independent estate agency Hancock & Partners, who have become a Gold level corporate production sponsor in this 60th anniversary year – having supported the Theatre as a corporate partner since the 1990s.

Managing Director, Samantha Love says: “Hancock & Partners isn’t just an estate agency. We truly care about our local community and love to support it across a variety of areas to include sports, schools, events and charities. Adding Chichester Festival Theatre to the list is a real honour for the company and so we couldn’t be more thrilled to support the Theatre in their 60th anniversary celebrations.

"Members of our team were delighted to attend the Theatre's Culture Spark lantern parade through Chichester recently. It was a joy to experience such an exciting and vibrant community event.

"Our Directors and Co-Founders have been a long supporter of the arts, visiting Chichester’s Grade II* listed historic theatre building for over 20 years. Being a theatre built by the community for the community back in 1962 – an ethos which still stands today - it made sense for us to support their cause given our values are very much the same. It’s a really vibrant place to be, made even more so following its restoration in 2014 which has made it arguably one of the world’s best artistic facilities.

“We are honoured that our first sponsored production is The Southbury Child. With such a stellar cast and wonderful storyline, our team and colleagues can’t wait to watch. We hope this will be the first of many partnerships we will enjoy at Chichester Festival Theatre.”

CFT’s Director of Development, Joanna Walker, added: “We are delighted that Hancock & Partners are sponsoring Festival 2022 in what is such an important year for the Theatre. Our 60th anniversary Festival promises to be our best yet, bringing audiences from far and wide to enjoy world class theatre in the city.”

The Southbury Childdirected by Nicholas Hytner, is a co-production with The Bridge Theatre. It runs until 25 June before its London opening, with a cast led by triple Olivier Award-winner Alex Jennings.


Alex Jennings wearing a dogcollar and black jacket pictures in front of a sketch of houses in sepia
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Girl wearing face-paint in yellow shirt dancing at the front of the carnival parade