The Taxidermist's Daughter


The Taxidermist's Daughter

Adapted for the stage by Kate Mosse

Rescheduled dates for 2022 to be confirmed

Festival Theatre

The world is stacked against women like me. But things are different now.

1912. In the isolated Blackthorn House on Sussex’s Fishbourne Marshes, Connie Gifford lives with her father. His Museum of Avian Taxidermy was once legendary, but since its closure Gifford has become a broken man, taking refuge in the bottle. 

Robbed of her childhood memories by a mysterious accident, Connie is haunted by fitful glimpses of her past. A strange woman has been seen in the graveyard; and a few miles away, at Chichester’s Graylingwell Asylum, two female patients have, inexplicably, disappeared. 

As a major storm hits the Sussex landscape, old wounds are about to be opened as one woman, intent on revenge, attempts to liberate another from the horrifying crimes of the past.

The Taxidermist’s Daughter is a thrilling Gothic mystery set in and around historic Chichester. This world premiere is written by Cicestrian Kate Mosse, based on her best-selling novel.

Kate Mosse’s novels include The Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel) and her new historical series, The Burning Chambers. She is Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Professor in Contemporary Fiction and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.

Award-winning director Jonathan Munby returns to Chichester where his work includes King Lear with Ian McKellen (2017, also West End) and First Light (2016). His credits elsewhere include Frozen (West End) and Wendy and Peter Pan(RSC).

Creative team
Jonathan MunbyDirector
Jon BausorDesigner
Peter MumfordLighting Designer
Christopher ShuttSound Designer
Charlotte BroomMovement Director
Kate WatersFight Director
Juliet HorsleyCasting Director
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