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Erin Doherty     Alfred Enoch
Wendy Kweh    Jonathan Slinger

Crave

By Sarah Kane

Festival Theatre
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Overview

 

Tinuke Craig’s direction gives it a noirish tautness... A magnetic, edge-of-the-seat tension.

Guardian
 

Darkly stylish

The I Newspaper
 

What’s astonishing, what holds and grips is the power of the writing. All of this is beautifully managed in Craig’s production

WhatsOnStage

An extraordinary play for extraordinary times. Spine-tingling stuff. Superb direction from Tinuke Craig.

Chichester Observer
 

Tinuke Craig’s production is a rending, agonising achievement. This is theatre that leaves its mark – art from the edge of endurance.

The Stage

The cast is phenomenal

This Week New York

Here I am, once again, here I am, here I am, in the darkness, once again

Please note: performances of Crave - both in person and live streamed - will continue up to and including Wednesday 4 November. From Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 November, the play will be staged behind closed doors at the Theatre and streamed live to audiences at home.

In a damaged world, four characters search for the light.

Angry, funny, defiant, kind and cruel, Crave is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of love. Pulsing with loss and longing, its resonance will be doubly powerful as we begin to reconnect our lives after the loneliness and seclusion inflicted by a global pandemic.

Originally due to play in the Spielgeltent this autumn, Crave will be staged to a live, socially distanced audience in the Festival Theatre and – in a first for Chichester – simultaneously live-streamed to global digital audiences. 

This unique production will feature a sensory sound and videoscape created by director Tinuke Craig, designer Alex Lowde, lighting designer Joshua Pharo, film designer Ravi Deepres and composer Anna Clock, with movement by Jenny Ogilvie.

Sarah Kane is considered to be one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century. She came to prominence in 1995 with her seminal first play, Blasted. Over her short career she wrote five plays and a film. Crave premiered in August 1998 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Today, her plays are performed around the world.

Erin Doherty makes her Chichester debut. Currently playing Princess Anne in series 3 & 4 of The Crown, she has played leading theatre roles, including at The Old Vic, Young Vic, Royal Court, and Manchester Royal Exchange. Born and brought up in West Sussex, she was named an Evening Standard Rising Star and a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2018, and featured in The Elle List 2020.

Alfred Enoch also appears at Chichester for the first time. Having played Dean Thomas in seven Harry Potter films, his theatre credits include Red (West End & NT Live), Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Tree (Young Vic) and Timon of Athens (National Theatre). Television includes Sherlock and How To Get Away With Murder.

Wendy Kweh’s extensive theatre credits include The Welkin and Top Girls at the National Theatre, Julius Caesar at The Bridge, Snow in Midsummer for the RSC and Chimerica in the West End; this is her Chichester debut. Her television appearances include several series of Holby City and The Bill.

Jonathan Slinger returns to Chichester where he last appeared in Yes, Prime Minister (2010). His many roles for the RSC include Hamlet, Prospero, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III, while recent West End appearances include City of Angels, Fanny and Alexander, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Urinetown. His recent TV includes The Salisbury Poisonings and I May Destroy You.

Tinuke Craig’s production of random/generations was a highlight of Festival 2018; since then, her work includes The Color Purple (Curve Leicester).


Crave Live Stream

We are delighted, for the first time at Chichester, to simultaneously live stream this production (from 31 October - 7 November) so that audiences around the world can attend virtually and experience live theatre from the comfort of their own home. Select the Live Stream option when purchasing tickets.

Live stream tickets are available up to 2 ½ hours before the start time.

Please note that the live stream on 7 November at 5pm has the option of captions. 



Purchase a digital copy of the programme

Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. In this programme, CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans recalls working with Sarah Kane. The programme also contains rehearsal photos, biographies, an insight into the design and other background reading material.

By clicking on BUY you will be re-directed to Issuu's website.

Purchasing a digital programme does not include the purchase of a printed programme.

Audio Description Introduction

While we are unfortunately now not able to offer a live audio described performance of Crave, one of our audio describers, Robert Dunn has recorded these introductory descriptive notes to help set the scene for blind and partially sighted audiences.

Prologue.

Cast & Creatives

  • Erin Doherty

    C
  • Alfred Enoch

    B
  • Wendy Kweh

    M
  • Jonathan Slinger

    A

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Tinuke Craig

Director

Alex Lowde

Designer

Joshua Pharo

Lighting Designer

Anna Clock

Composer and Sound Designer

Ravi Deepres

Film Designer

Jenny Ogilvie

Movement Director

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

Gallery

Gallery

Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Crave - Festival Theatre£10£15£20£20£25
Crave - Live Stream £10£15£20
  • Friends and Concessions: £2 off (venue only)
  • Schools and Student Groups 10+ Monday - Thursday evenings and weekday matinees: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid (venue only)
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights
  • Livestream performances: Discounts do not apply
  • Donate a Seat: To help us get back to full strength as soon as we can, please consider supporting us by donating an empty seat for £10. Every pound you donate will help to support the Theatre’s activities, as well as our employment of freelance artists during the pandemic. Thank you for your support.

Live streaming tickets
Everyone will get the same view regardless of which ticket they buy, however we're asking you to consider paying what you normally would for a night at the Theatre. This will help support CFT, as we continue to produce creatively ambitious, world-class theatre and connect with our communities. It's possible for a group to watch together on just one purchased ticket but, if you feel able, please consider buying multiple live stream tickets if more than one person is watching.

Live Stream

Please note that performances of Crave - both in person and live streamed - will continue up to and including Wednesday 4 November. From Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 November, the play will be staged behind closed doors at the Theatre and streamed live to audiences at home.

We are delighted, for the first time at Chichester, to simultaneously live stream this production so that audiences around the world can attend virtually and experience live theatre from the comfort of their own home. The live stream can be viewed on devices that allow you to browse the internet, such as computers, tablets, mobile phones and some newer smart TVs. In addition you can airplay / cast the live stream to your television if you have Apple TV or a Chromecast device, or use Firefox on your Amazon Fire Stick to connect. 

Live streaming tickets are priced £10, £15 or £20. Everyone will get the same view regardless of which ticket they buy, however we’re asking you to consider paying what you normally would for a night at the theatre. This will help support CFT, as we continue to produce creatively ambitious, world-class theatre and connect with our communities. It’s possible for a group to watch together on just one purchased ticket but, if you feel able, please consider buying multiple live stream tickets if more than one person is watching. 

Please note, once live stream tickets are purchased you will be sent confirmation of your booking; we will then be in touch in advance of the event with full details on how to join the performance online.

Select the Live Stream option when purchasing tickets. Live stream tickets are available up to 2 hours before the start time.

COVID Guidelines

WELCOMING YOU BACK SAFELY

We want you, and our staff and artists, to feel safe during your visit to Chichester Festival Theatre.

To this end, we have put a number of COVID-safety measures in place, following Government guidance for theatre attendance at all times.

  • Our socially-distanced auditorium offers a reduced capacity of just under 50% ensuring a 1m-plus space between parties
  • Seat bubbles are available as groups of 1 to 6 seats
  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • Tickets will detail timed arrivals with an assigned door number
  • Contactless temperature checks will be carried out at point of entry
  • Face coverings are required unless exempt for health reasons. Front of House staff will also wear face coverings
  • Contact details are collected during the booking process to support NHS Test and Trace
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of the auditorium between performances
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bringing minimal belongings
  • The Bars and Café will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with one-way systems in place and perspex screens fitted at all sale points
  • Additional signage will be in place to manage social distancing and audience flow
  • Programmes and ice creams can be pre-ordered when booking your tickets where available, or purchased on the day. Please note all transactions will be cashless

These measures will be reviewed and updated in line with Government guidelines.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about your visit or go to our COVID ticketing terms and conditions.

Content and themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

If you have any questions or feedback, do email us at marketing@cft.org.uk

Crave
Age Guidance: 16+
Language: Strong language
Nudity: None
Violence: None anticipated
Themes: Love, loss and desire. Rape, incest, child sexual abuse, anorexia, drug addiction, mental instability, murder, suicide.

Dining Offer

Dining.

Our caterers Caper & Berry have a special dinner deal in The Brasserie and Bar available during the run of Crave, so why not grab a bite before the show?

You can fill up with an Autumn Pie and Veg or Sausages and Mash with a beer, glass of wine or soft drink for £14.95. There's also mains, small plates and delicious desserts available.

Tables must be booked in advance. Visit our Dining page to view the menu and reserve your table today. 

Details.

Age Guidance 
Ages 16+
Running Time
Approximately 50 minutes, with no interval
Notes
Contains strong language