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Fiddler On the Roof – Chichester Festival Theatre

Fiddler On the Roof continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 2 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Who would have thought that a musical set in an Ukrainian Shtetl, that tells of the persecution and eviction of Jews from their homeland, would prove to be such a durable success. Such […]

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Fiddler On the Roof at Chichester – full casting details

The full company has been announced today for Fiddler On the Roof, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July to 26 August, with a press night on Tuesday 18 July. Directed by Daniel Evans, the cast of this new staging of the classic Broadway musical is led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman. The […]

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Caroline, or Change – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Caroline, or Change continues at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 3 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Chichester Festival Theatre has a new artistic director, Daniel Evans, and though his tenure may have started with a bit of a blip in the revival of Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, this inaugural […]

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Chichester season – Omid Djalili to star in Daniel Evans’ Fiddler On the Roof

Comedy favourite Omid Djalili’s performance as Tevye in a major new production of Fiddler On the Roof is set to be one of the musical highlights of Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley’s first season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The British-Iranian comedy actor whose many credits include taking on the role of Fagin in Oliver! […]

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Half a Sixpence extends run to April 2017

Following rave reviews for both the show and its leading man Charlie Stemp, it was announced today that booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Half a Sixpence at the Noël Coward Theatre has been extended to 22 April 2017. The entire Chichester cast transferred to the West End, including newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur […]

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Cameron Mackintosh surprised on 70th birthday by cast of Half a Sixpence

Cameron Mackintosh’s 70th birthday began with a ‘Flash Bang Wallop’ as the cast of Half a Sixpence surprised him with an impromptu performance as he inspected works at the Noel Coward Theatre, ahead of their first performance later this month. Pictures: Vivienne Vincent Readers may also be interested in: Chichester Half a Sixpence transfers to Noel Coward Theatre […]

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Chichester Half a Sixpence transfers to Noel Coward Theatre in October

Following a record-breaking run in Chichester, Half a Sixpence – which Cameron Mackintosh co-produced with Chichester Festival Theatre – will transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre from 29 October 2016, with press night on 17 November 2016. The first booking period is on sale until 11 February 2017. The entire Chichester cast will transfer to […]

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Half a Sixpence at Chichester – full casting

Full casting has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Half a Sixpence. Relative newcomers Charlie Stemp and Devon-Elise Johnson will play the central roles of Arthur Kipps and his childhood friend Ann Pornick, alongside actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow, actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham and Vivien Parry as Mrs […]

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Interview – George Stiles and Anthony Drewe on a Chichester double and nurturing new writers

Travels With My Aunt, which has just opened at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester, is the latest in a string of acclaimed shows by one the UK’s most successful show-writing partnerships, GEORGE STILES and ANTHONY DREWE (George and Ants). The pair met 30-odd years ago at Exeter University and went on to compose award-winning shows across […]

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Half a Sixpence at Chichester – two young actors introduced as leads

Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Half a Sixpence will introduce two young actors – Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps* and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick – alongside actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow, actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham and Vivien Parry as Mrs Walsingham. Playing in the Festival Theatre from 14 July […]

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Travels With My Aunt – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Travels With My Aunt continues at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 4 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ For the first of its musicals this season, Chichester Festival Theatre has looked to the combined and proven talents of composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe, along with book writers Ron Cowen and Daniel […]

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Travels With My Aunt at Chichester Festival Theatre – exclusive images

  The world premiere of Travels With My Aunt, based on Graham Greene’s novel, with a score by Stiles and Drewe alongside a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, opens this week at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Here are some exclusive images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer, Roy Tan. Retired bank manager Henry […]

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Guys and Dolls – Phoenix Theatre

Guys and Dolls continues at the Phoenix Theatre, London until 30 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Frank Loesser’s iconic musical, reckoned by some to be the greatest of them all, is not only back in town after its nine-week run at the Savoy – it’s all over the place with […]

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Chichester Festival Theatre season features Stiles and Drewe double bill

There will be a George Stiles and Anthony Drewe double bill as part of Jonathan Church and Alan Finch’s Chichester Festival Theatre 2016 season – the last under their leadership as artistic director and executive director. The two British musicals will see Rachel Kavanaugh direct a new stage version of Half a Sixpence with book […]

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Guys and Dolls extended run – Samantha Spiro, Richard Kind and Oliver Tompsett cast

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will be extending its run at the Phoenix Theatre from 19 March 2016. Casting for the West End extension includes multiple Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro (Hello, Dolly!) as Miss Adelaide, Richard Kind (Disney/Pixar’s BAFTA award-wining Inside Out) as […]

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Guys and Dolls transfers to Phoenix Theatre while also touring UK

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre (following the closure of Bend It Like Beckham) while simultaneously touring the UK from March 2016. The West End production opens 19 March and is booking until 30 October while the UK tour […]

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Guys and Dolls – Savoy Theatre

Guys and Dolls continues at the Savoy Theatre, London until 12 March 2016. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The extraordinarily effective and skilful use of stillness and silence is what I shall remember first about this show. As a whole it’s glitzy, funny and pulsating with energy as it sails triumphantly on […]

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Kinky Boots and In the Heights lead nominations in WhatsOnStage Awards 2016

At a ceremony held today at London’s Café de Paris, Steve Furst announced the nominees for the 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, the only major theatre prize-giving decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage (closes 31 January), with winners announced at the annual Awards Concert […]

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Daniel Evans to be new Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director

It has been announced that Daniel Evans will step down from his role at Sheffield Theatres in June 2016 to take over as artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, succeeding Jonathan Church. Chichester Festival Theatre Chairman, William Castell: “I am delighted to confirm Daniel Evans as our next artistic leader. After a comprehensive search, we were presented with a very […]

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Gypsy comes out top at the UK Theatre Awards 2015

The acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of the classic Gypsy has claimed the top musical theatre awards in this year’s UK Theatre Awards. The production has been named Best Musical Production while its star Imelda Staunton takes home the award for Best Performance in a Musical for her showstopping portrayal of Momma Rose. The show […]

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Imelda Staunton’s Gypsy tipped for BBC Christmas broadcast and DVD release

Home audiences are to get the chance to see Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother, Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy, currently playing London’s Savoy Theatre. Cameras have been in place to capture the production for a DVD release and a rumoured place in the BBC’s all important Christmas […]

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Mack and Mabel cast member Alex Giannini dies suddenly

Friday’s performance of Mack and Mabel at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth was cancelled following news that cast member, actor Alex Giannini, had passed away. According to the BBC News website, Giannini’s agent tweeted: “The talented and much loved actor @GianniniAlex died suddenly of natural causes yesterday.” A post on the Mack and Mabel Facebook page read: […]

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Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre – David Haig and Siubhan Harrison join the cast

Full casting has been announced for the highly acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls, which will open at the Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited 13-week run from 10 December 2015. Joining Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide and Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, are David Haig as Nathan Detroit and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah […]

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Mack & Mabel – Chichester Festival Theatre

Mack & Mabel continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 5 September, and then tours the UK and Ireland from 1 October–6 December. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s musical, telling of the early days of silent film-making and the relationship between film director Mack Sennett and his greatest star Mabel Normand, has […]

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Interview – look what happened to Rebecca LaChance in Mack & Mabel at Chichester

After an extensive search, American actress REBECCA LaCHANCE was cast as Mabel Normand alongside Michael Ball’s Mack Sennett in Chichester’s summer musical, Mack and Mabel, which opens tonight at the Festival Theatre (playing until 5 September, and then touring across the UK and Ireland). Based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, this musical comedy (book […]

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Mack & Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre – a gallery of new images

Chichester’s summer musical, Mack & Mabel, with Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance in the title roles, opens tonight (playing until 5 September), before touring across the UK and Ireland. Here are a brand new set of production images from our official photographer Roy Tan. Based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, musical comedy Mack & Mabel, with music […]

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Chichester’s Guys and Dolls transfers to the Savoy Theatre in December

Chichester Festival Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre in December for a strictly limited 13-week run. CFT continues its musical successes with this revival which follows transfers of Singin’ in the Rain, The Pajama Game and, most recently, Gypsy. Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker will reprise their roles, with further […]

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Interview – Sally Ann Triplett doing what she loves in A Damsel in Distress at Chichester

Actress and singer SALLY ANN TRIPLETT is currently starring in a major new stage version of A Damsel in Distress at Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, the musical comedy has songs by George and Ira Gershwin, and is based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouse 
and the play by Wodehouse and Ian Hay (also […]

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Mack and Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre – full cast revealed

The full cast has been confirmed for Chichester’s forthcoming summer musical, Mack and Mabel, which will be led by Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance in the title roles. Following the Chichester run (13 July to 5 September), this major new production will tour across the UK and Ireland. Based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, […]

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Jonathan Church and Alan Finch to leave Chichester Festival Theatre at end of September 2016

Artistic director Jonathan Church and executive director Alan Finch announced today that they are to step down from their respective roles at Chichester Festival Theatre at the end of September 2016, following Festival 2016. Both Church and Finch joined Chichester Festival Theatre in 2005, overseeing the organisation’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and the recent £22 million […]

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Rebecca LaChance cast opposite Michael Ball in Mack and Mabel at Chichester

After an extensive search, American actress Rebecca LaChance has been confirmed to star as Mabel alongside Michael Ball in Chichester’s forthcoming summer musical, Mack and Mabel, at the Festival Theatre from 13 July to 5 September, and then touring across the UK and Ireland in the production. Based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, this […]

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Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre – more casting revealed

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. The cast also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry […]

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Chichester season – A Damsel in Distress joins Mack and Mabel

Chichester marks its first full season following its major redevelopment with two major musicals in the Festival Theatre, the previously announced Michael Ball in Mack and Mabel, directed by Jonathan Church with choreography by Stephen Mear, and a new stage version of A Damsel in Distress, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. A Damsel in Distress (30 May–27 June) has music and lyrics […]

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Michael Ball leads Mack and Mabel at Chichester and on tour

Michael Ball returns to Chichester this summer in a major new production of Mack and Mabel, directed by Jonathan Church, which opens at the Festival Theatre in July (press night is 21 July), followed by a UK tour from 1 October to 6 December. Based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, this […]

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Gypsy wins Best Musical in Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Gypsy, which will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre on 15 April, has won the Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical  at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2014. The awards were hosted today (27 January 2015) by Critics’ Circle chairman Mark Shenton at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Comedian Arthur Smith introduced proceedings. […]

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Gypsy – Lara Pulver and Peter Davison join London cast

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Final casting for the Chichester Festival Theatre production will be announced shortly. A musical fable with book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, suggested by […]

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Imelda Staunton leads West End transfer of Chichester’s Gypsy

Imelda Staunton will star as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s sell-out Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, the first to be seen in London for 40 years. This strictly limited season opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015 with previews from 28 March 2015. Further casting for Gypsy, which goes on sale today […]

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Stephen Mear travels from Gypsy to the City of Angels in Part Two of our exclusive interview

Last week Gypsy opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and among the rave reviews were comments such as: “Stephen Mear’s choreography is a joy” (The Stage) and “Stephen Mear’s choreography has a bright-eyed wit” (London Evening Standard).  Olivier Award-winning STEPHEN MEAR has become hugely respected in the industry as both a choreographer and director. At Chichester, where he is […]

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Gypsy – Chichester Festival Theatre

Gypsy continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 8 November. Gypsy is considered to be the best showbiz musical of all time and this production proves it. The news that Imelda Staunton was to be reunited with Jonathan Kent, who directed her in Sweeney Todd, created quite a buzz and raised very high expectations. Those expectations are well […]

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Choreographer Stephen Mear reveals all about Gypsy at Chichester

Tonight is an important date in Olivier Award-winning choreographer STEPHEN MEAR’s diary – it’s the hotly anticipated official opening of Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre, one of a line-up of shows he has collaborated on at the venue where he is an associate. In true Billy Elliot style, Mear began dancing at the age […]

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The Pajama Game – Shaftesbury Theatre

The Pajama Game continues at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, until 13 September. A musical about union trouble at a pajama factory in a small Midwest town in 1950s America doesn’t immediately appeal as something worth dragging yourself away from the MasterChef final for. But then neither did one based on a book of twee TS […]

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The Pajama Game – listen to Xavier and Riding in action

For all those looking forward to the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s staging of The Pajama Game, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 13 May, there is now a song from the production available to listen to for the first time. ‘Hey There’, sung by the show’s co-stars Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier […]

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Imelda Staunton’s Gypsy headlines Chichester Festival Theatre season

Chichester Festival Theatre’s much-anticipated production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose, will open on 14 October (running to 8 November) in the newly refurbished main house as part of the 2014 season. The production will reunite Staunton with director Jonathan Kent, following their award-winning collaboration on Sweeney Todd. Also in the cast will be Lara […]

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Polycarpou and Wilmot confirmed for The Pajama Game

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton join the cast of the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre. Polycarpou and Stinton reprise their roles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, with Wilmot taking over the role of Vernon Hines from 2 June. They join the previously […]

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Chichester Pajama Game hits West End in May 2014

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre, transfers to the West End on 1 May (press night is 13 May), playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 13 September 2014. The musical will move in when the current show residing there – From Here to Eternity – closes. In 1950s America, […]

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Singin’ in the Rain – Manchester and Touring

Singin’ in the Rain continues at the Opera House, Manchester until 30 November, then tours until 4 October, 2014. It is strange to think that, while the original 1952 MGM musical is such an indelibly imprinted and long-standing classic, the stage version of Singin’ in the Rain has only been with us for the last […]

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Singin’ in the Rain tour set for Manchester opening

The UK and Ireland tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain opens at Manchester Opera House on 13 November (with previews from Saturday 9 November), before playing a Christmas and New Year season in Cardiff. Singin’ in the Rain will feature Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss RF Simpson, actress and former member of Steps Faye Tozer and […]

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