Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne have announced Chichester Festival Theatre's Festival 2020 an exciting season which includes five world premieres, two musicals, and major revivals of great modern dramas.
Ticket prices have been frozen at 2019 levels across the board, and well once again have 20,000 tickets at £10 in the Festival Theatre and over 10,000 £5 PROLOGUE tickets for 16 25 year olds.
The Minerva Theatre offers a feast of new and modern drama. The Unfriend is an original new play written by Steven Moffat and directed by Mark Gatiss, the team behind TVs Sherlock. Suhayla El-Bushra has adapted Andrea Levys great novel The Long Song; and we have another new play by US playwright Christopher Shinn, The Narcissist. Two comedies, Penelope Skinners The Village Bike and Tom Stoppards The Real Thing, complete the line-up.
In the Festival Theatre, Brechts powerful The Life of Galileo is followed by The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie based on Muriel Sparks much-loved novel. This years classic summer musical will be Rodgers and Hammersteins beloved South Pacific never before staged at CFT. Chichesters world-renowned novelist Kate Mosse has adapted her own book The Taxidermists Daughter, set in and around historic Chichester; and Stephen Sondheim and John Weidmans darkly comic musical Assassins marks the composers 90th year.
The Chichester Spiegeltent returns this autumn to house Sarah Kanes Crave, before another season of music, cabaret and family entertainment to be announced later this year. For Christmas, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present Anna Ledwichs brand new adaptation of Pinocchio.
Among the excellent 2020 acting company are Amanda Abbington, Frances Barber, Gina Beck, Richard Coyle, Lisa Dillon, Henry Goodman, Rob Houchen, Julian Ovenden, Reece Shearsmith and Cherrelle Skeete.