News Published 18 February 2011

2011 Chichester Season Announced

Celebrating Rattigan’s centenary.

Rosanna Hall

The works of Terence Rattigan feature prominently in Chichester Festival Theatre’s recently announced programme for 2011. A ‘festival within a festival’ will mark the 100th year since the playwright’s birth and feature productions of two of his finest plays, The Deep Blue Sea and The Browning Version, in conjunction with the world premiere of Nicholas Wright’s new play, Rattigan’s Nijinsky, inspired by a television script Rattigan wrote for the BBC about Diaghilev and Nijinsky which was later withdrawn and never published. The festival features a second world premiere, David Hare’s South Downs, a response to Rattigan’s The Browning Version written at the invitation of the Rattigan Trust.

The Chichester programme for 2011 also features three stylistically varied musicals: Joe Masteroff’s She Loves me, which opens the season in May, Singing in the Rain and Jonathan Kent’s production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which will bring the season to an end and is set to star Michael Ball as the Demon Barber. The 2011 programme also includes productions of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead directed by Trevor Nunn, Carol Churchill’s Top Girls directed by Max Stafford-Clarke, and the world premiere of The Syndicate (Il Sindaco Del Rione Sanita) a dark comedy by Eduardo De Filippo, set in 1960s Naples and starring Ian McKellen.

For further details, visit: Chichester Festival Theatre

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Rosanna Hall is a contributor to Exeunt Magazine

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