Doggy stars spotted at Chichester for Festival Theatre’s Xmas show

Fred Davis & Liam Wright (alternating the role of Pongo), Sephora Parish...
The One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Photo by Richard Gibbons.

A new adaptation of The Hundred and One Dalmatians, the much-loved children’s story about an adorable pair of canines, will be this year’s Christmas production at Chichester Festival Theatre.

During a break from their hard work in the rehearsal room the cast were unleashed in neighbouring Oaklands Park with their canine counterparts for a Bark in the Park.

The 125 cast members – the largest ever youth theatre cast – were joined by a variety of breeds including a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Puggle and of course, a Dalmatian.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre has produced enthralling Christmas productions in the Festival Theatre for over 10 years, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Alice in Wonderland, The Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan.

Dodie Smith’s classic story has been adapted by Bryony Lavery who wrote the adaptation of A Christmas Carol performed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in 2009.

Her other credits include the forthcoming production of Treasure Island for the National Theatre, Beautiful Burnout, the award-winning play Frozen, Stockholm and Kursk.

Happiness is disrupted when the evil Cruella De Vil orders her henchmen to steal the Pongo’s puppies.

Desperate parents Pongo and Missis set off on a daring rescue mission. Will they and a chorus of howling hounds be able to outwit their captors?

Age Guideline 7+.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians runs from December 20–January 3.

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