Festival 2024 : a feast of entertainment

The eagerly awaited first season for Justin Audibert as Artistic Director, 2024's Festival at Chichester Festival Theatre offers an impressive array of entertainment including world premieres and enthralling drama as well as one of the all-time favourite musicals; a brand new production of Lionel Bart’s much-loved musical Oliver!, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, in a new revision by Cameron Mackintosh.

The season kicks off with The Other Boleyn Girl , based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, bringing the intrigue of Henry VIII's Tudor court to the stage captivating the audience with the dramatic events that changed the course of English history.

Coram Boy, a moving whirlwind of an adventure encompassing angels and abandoned children, glorious music and murder most foul set in 18th century England. 

Promising to be one of the most unforgettable shows ever at the Festival Theatre, a spectacular new production of Lionel Bart’s iconic musical, Oliver! has been fully reconceived especially for CFT by director and choreographer Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. One not to be missed!

In the quiet market town of Chichester, the most famous members of the most infamous rock group in the world are on trial. Introducing Redlands, a new play by Charlotte Jones, inspired by the Rolling Stones’ Chichester trial, directed by Justin Audibert. 

A spellbinding new retelling of the classic Cinderella tale arrives in December, courtesy of the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Expect sparkling comedy alongside original new music and songs for some fabulous family entertainment.

In The Minerva:

The House Party by Laura Lomas, a new adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie.

Harold Pinter’s first major success, The Caretaker, directed by Justin Audibert.  

The Promise, a new play by Paul Unwin on the pioneering post-war Labour government, directed by Jonathan Kent.

The first ever John le Carré novel on stage, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, adapted by David Eldridge and directed by Jeremy Herrin.

The deliciously terrifying The Cat and the Canary, a co-production with Told by an Idiot, adapted by Carl Grose from the play by John Willard.

A festive family story created especially for CFT by Michael Morpurgo, Hey! Christmas Tree.

Plus, don't miss music, talks and events offstage.

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