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The Norman Conquests:

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A trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn

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In The Round
Price: From £10


Now performed in-the-round

Saturday. 6pm. The dining room. Where no-one is looking forward to Annie’s limp salad, or her mother’s lethal homemade dandelion, parsnip or carrot wine.

The Norman Conquests, a classic trio of interconnecting plays, seen from hilariously differing perspectives, is performed by one ensemble of actors. Each play can be enjoyed as a single performance or seen as one event in any sequence, either over different days or on trilogy days.

Norman would like to seduce Annie, though he’s married to her sister, Ruth. He’s also got his eye on Sarah, though she’s married to Reg - who is Annie and Ruth’s brother. Tom, from next door, isn’t married to anyone: though he too nurses secret hopes beneath his stoical surface.

With pungent wit and sparkling ingenuity, Alan Ayckbourn fashions the thwarted desires and bittersweet absurdity of family life into a comic masterpiece.

Alan Ayckbourn is Britain’s most prolific and popular contemporary playwright with over eighty plays to his name. Recent productions at Chichester include Way Upstream, Absurd Person Singular and Surprises.

Blanche McIntyre directs at Chichester for the first time; her recent work includes Titus Andronicus and Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC), Welcome Home Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse) and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (ETT).


Festival 2017 pricing information

Prologue Members Early Bird
booking from 4 March

Cast & Creatives


Access performances

Access performances

The Terrace Seating is a bank of theatre seating on what is normally the rear part of the stage, so the play’s action can be seen from all sides. Seats in the Front, Rear and Side Stalls can be purchased by clicking on Standard Seating.

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Trilogy Day Dining

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Turn The Norman Conquests trilogy day into a fabulous theatre and dining experience by enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner in our relaxing Minerva Bar & Grill. You can book one or two meals or all three for £41.

Available 30 September, 3, 7, 14, 17, 25 and 28 October.

Trilogy Day Menu in the Minerva Bar & Grill



Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale or Eggs Florentine

Tea or Coffee / Orange Juice



Chargrilled Chicken Caesar Salad
Sun-blushed Tomato Galette

Blueberry Cheesecake
Fruit Kebabs

Tea or Coffee



Minute Sirloin Steak, Skin on Fries, Grilled Mushroom, Slow-roasted Tomato, Watercress
Aubergine, Butternut Tikka Curry, Coriander Rice

Toffee Popcorn Sundae
Blood Orange Posset

Book all three meals for £41







The Norman Conquests in-the-round

In-the-round Terrace Seating

Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests will be the Festival Theatre’s first ever “in-the-round” production. Seats will wrap around all sides of the stage creating a bank of Terrace Seating on what is normally the rear part of stage, so that the play’s action can be seen from all sides.

The Norman Conquests is a trilogy of interconnecting plays which look at the events of one family weekend from hilariously different viewpoints. Now you can match this experience by seeing the plays from a new perspective, and be even closer to all the action in our Terrace Seats.

Terrace Seating.