CFT Podcast

Chichester Festival Theatre Podcast

Welcome to the Chichester Festival Theatre Podcast, hosted by George Bailey. We'll be chatting about everything CFT related, featuring interviews with famous creatives who form part of our Festival seasons, as well as the staff who create both the onstage and offstage magic.


Episode Twenty-two: Chichester Spiegeltent

In this episode, we speak to Georgina Rae, Head of Planning and Projects and Production Manager John Page about the wider Spiegeltent programme and building Chichester's pop-up third space. 

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes

Episode Twenty-one: Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads

In this episode, we speak to Harold Addo, Kirsty J Curtis, Martyn Ellis and Sian Reese-Williams about the first show in the Chichester Spiegeltent, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads which runs until 2 November 2019.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes

Episode Twenty: Michael Morpurgo

In this episode, we speak to Michael Morpurgo about the new adaptation of his much-loved, award-winning novel The Butterfly Lion, which opens in the Minerva Theatre on 5 October 2019.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.

Episode Nineteen: Daniel Hill and David Lewington

In this episode, we speak to Daniel Hill (director) and David Lewington (Music and Sound Designer) of Crossing Lines by Anna Ledwich, our Chichester Festival Youth Theatre promenade production for Festival 2019. Crossing Lines runs 17 - 24 August.

Recorded at Chichester Rugby Club. Music by Ted Hayes

Episode Eighteen: Bronté Barbé, Isaac Gryn and Emmanuel Kojo

In this episode, we speak to Bronté Barbé, Isaac Gryn and Emmanuel Kojo, who are all in the summer centrepiece of Festival 2019, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, which runs in the Festival Theatre until 7 September 2019.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre Music: Chichester Festival Theatre Production of Oklahoma! 2019

Episode Seventeen: Tory Kittles and Eva Sampson

In this episode, we speak to Tory Kittles who plays Paul Robson in 8 Hotels by Nicholas Wright and the assistant director Eva Sampson. The play runs in the Minerva Theatre until 24 August. 

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes

Episode Sixteen: Clare Burt

In this episode, we speak to Clare Burt who is appearing in the comedy musical This Is My Family by Tim Firth, which opened Festival 2019 and runs in the Minerva Theatre until 15 June 2019.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes


Episode Fifteen: Podcast Live

In this special episode in front of a live studio audience, we speak to Executive Director Kathy Bourne, Hugh Bonneville, Clare Burt, Rachel Lumberg, Scott Folan and Kirsty MacLaren from This Is My Family about a number of topics suggested by Prologue members aged 16-25.

This was one of our FREE events for Prologue members in the Festival 2019 season, and was organised by our Prologue Ambassadors who also feature in the episode as co-hosts.

Recorded in the Minerva Theatre on Wednesday 29 May.  Contains Explicit Language.  Music by Ted Hayes


Episode Fourteen: Hugh Bonneville and Liz White

In this episode, we speak to Hugh Bonneville and Liz White, who are both appearing in Shadowlands by William Nicholson, which runs in the Festival Theatre until 25 May 2019 and is part of the Festival 2019 season.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes

Read our transcribed version of this podcast below!


Episode Thirteen: Prologue Ambassadors

In this episode, we chat to some of our Prologue ambassadors about Festival 2019 and Prologue itself - our scheme for 16-25 year olds to get £5 tickets to all of our productions. Prologue members also have access to exclusive events, and it's free to sign up!

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes


Episode Twelve: Lauren Grant, Poppy Marples, Mia Cunningham-Stockdale

In this episode, hear all about Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, the largest youth theatre in the UK with over 800 members engaged in weekly sessions across West Sussex.

We caught up with Lauren Grant (Deputy Director of Learning, Education and Participation), Poppy Marples (Senior Youth Theatre Officer) and Mia Cunningham-Stockdale (Youth Theatre Apprentice) about their roles and what it's like running such a large scale youth theatre.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Eleven: Rufus Norris, Lucy Betts & Sleeping Beauty Cast

In this episode, we're discussing Chichester Festival Youth Theatre's Christmas production of Sleeping Beauty, which runs in the Festival Theatre from 15 - 30 December.

Hear Rufus Norris, the writer and now director of the National Theatre speak about his adaptation of the original story, along with the director of our production Lucy Betts who is an ex-member of CFYT, followed by an interview with some of the cast.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes


Episode Ten: Bridget Norman

In this special episode, we speak to Bridget Norman who is a registered blind theatregoer, all about Touch Tours, Audio Description and Access Performances at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Nine: Mike Bartlett

In this episode, we speak to Mike Bartlett, writer of Cock which plays in the Minerva Theatre until 27 October. Hear Mike speak about his career, playwriting and the Radio Times.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Eight: Daniel Evans & Gareth Valentine

In this episode, we speak to Daniel Evans, Artistic Director of CFT and Director of our summer musical Me and My Girl, and Gareth Valentine, Musical Supervisor, Musical Director and Musical Arrangements.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Seven: Charlotte Jones 

In this episode, we speak to Charlotte Jones, writer of one of Festival 2018's new plays - The Meeting. Listen to her discuss her successes, today's industry and her experiences with Quaker communities.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.

Episode Six: Kate Bassett

In this episode, we speak to CFT's literary associoate Kate Bassett about her career, current work and how new writing is approached in modern theatre.

Recorded at the Duke of York Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Five: Petra Letang & Wela Mbusi

In this episode, we speak to random/generations cast members Petra Letang and Wela Mbusi on their experience of creating these powerful plays by debbie tucker green.

Recorded at Glasshill Studios. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Four: Rufus Hound & Sean Foley

Rufus Hound in conversation with Sean Foley, all about their production of Noël Cowards Present Laughter, which opens Festival 2018 and plays from 20 April - 12 May.

Recorded at St. Mary Abbots. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Three: James Graham

In this episode, we speak to the Olivier award-winning playwright James Graham. Hear him speak about his success, history, top tips and his fresh new play Quiz, currently running at the Noël Coward following a sold out run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Recorded at Glasshill Studios. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode Two: Anna Mould

In this episode, we speak to Community and Heritage Officer Anna Mould all about the history and heritage of Chichester Festival Theatre, and how looking back into the foundations is incredibly important to understand how we've got here.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.


Episode One: Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley

In this episode, we speak to Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Rachel Tackley about their highly anticipated Festival 2018 season, followed by live staff reactions and thoughts to the announcement.

Recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre. Music by Ted Hayes.