The programme includes a star-studded range of plays and musicals, including a handful of world premieres and renowned plays which have never been performed at CFT before. Famous faces set to tread the boards in 2023 include Dame Eileen Atkins, Gina Beck, Rory Bremner, Sebastian Croft, Joshua James, Danny Mac, Alexandra Roach, Zizi Strallen, Greg Wise, Lia Williams and Susan Wokoma.
This year’s festival highlights include:
- THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical, is produced at Chichester for the first time, with Gina Beck as Maria, directed by Adam Penford
- Lia Williams and Joshua James in Noël Coward’s THE VORTEX, directed by Daniel Raggett
- NEVER HAVE I EVER by Deborah Frances-White, with a cast including Alexandra Roach, Greg Wise and Susan Wokoma, directed by Emma Butler
- ASSASSINS, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, is directed by Polly Findlay; the cast includes Amy Booth-Steel, Luke Brady, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Harry Hepple, Nick Holder, Danny Mac, Sam Oladeinde and Jack Shalloo
- ROCK FOLLIES, a new musical by Chloë Moss with lyrics by Howard Schuman and music by Andy Mackay, is directed by Dominic Cooke with a cast including Samuel Barnett, Carly Bawden and Zizi Strallen
- THE INQUIRY by Harry Davies, directed by Joanna Bowman
- A new adaptation of THE JUNGLE BOOK by Sonali Bhattacharyya for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre
- Eileen Atkins and Sebastian Croft in Amy Herzog’s 4000 MILES, directed by Richard Eyre
- MOM, HOW DID YOU MEET THE BEATLES? by Adrienne Kennedy and Adam P. Kennedy, directed by Diyan Zora, in a UK premiere
- Rory Bremner in James Graham’s QUIZ, directed by Daniel Evans and Seán Linnen, prior to a UK tour
- Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart in a co-production with Headlong, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Rose Theatre
- Chichester Festival Youth Theatre promenade Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM through West Dean Gardens, directed by Jon Pashley
- Family Friendly shows and activities; live events, exhibitions and workshops
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