Uncle Vanya was part of Chichester’s very first season in 1962 and became a key part of its history and is revisited during Festival 2012 from 30 March to 28 April in the Minerva Theatre, directed by Jeremy Herrin and starring Roger Allam, Dervla Kirwan and Timothy West.
Congreve’s The Way of the World in 1984 was another key production for the venue; the play will feature again this year, running from 13 April to 5 May in the Festival Theatre. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, the cast will include Penelope Keith as Lady Wishfort.
Many of the actors and directors who have been such an important part of Chichester’s recent success return during Festival 2012. Directors Philip Franks, Angus Jackson, Jonathan Kent and Trevor Nunn and actors Roger Allam, Henry Goodman and Michael Pennington all continue their close relationship with Chichester.
Multi award-winner Derek Jacobi will also feature during Festival 2012 in a production of Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House (6 July-25 August, Festival Theatre).
Chichester will continue its reputation for major musical revivals with a new staging of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Stephen Mear (18 June-1 September, Festival Theatre).
Alongside these links to Chichester’s history, the commitment to developing new work remains equally important and Festival 2012 will feature two world premieres; A Marvellous Year for Plums by Hugh Whitemore and Canvas by Michael Wynne, as well as Surprises, a brand new play by Alan Ayckbourn, alongside his much-loved classic Absurd Person Singular.
New work will also feature in Theatre on the Fly, a temporary third auditorium which will be built on Oaklands Park, echoing the days of The Tent, the 1983 predecessor to the Minerva Theatre.
In the Festival Theatre
In the Minerva Theatre