Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its first winter season since 2011 offering a diverse mix of drama, comedy and dance as well as music and arts events.
High quality work especially for children and young people is a thread running throughout the season.
December heralds the welcome return of the Youth Theatre to the main stage with a production of the much-loved canine classic The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, depicts an unlikely friendship between two boys during World War II.
It is the latest production to be presented by Chichester Festival Theatre and the Children’s Touring Partnership whose work includes the Olivier Award-winning Goodnight Mister Tom.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre brings its touring production of To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s much-loved novel about racial injustice and its consequences in the heart of America’s Deep South.
Jason Donovan plays Lionel Logue, an eccentric therapist who helps monarch George VI to overcome his stammer in the uplifting true story The King’s Speech.
Robert Bathurst and Caroline Faber star in Love, Loss and Chianti, a touching and funny exploration of relationships.
Robert Webb reprises his role as Bertie Wooster in the West End hit comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.
More humour will be provided by John Godber’s Bouncers while Funny Business is promised by comedian Jimmy Carr whose ‘witty and incisive musings’, will be punctuated by the inevitable rude gags.
Moscow City Ballet presents Giselle and the evergreen festive charm of The Nutcracker.
And there will be a variety of one-night concerts for music lovers.
For full details go to the theatre’s website cft.org.uk
Priority booking for Friends of Chichester Festival Theatre opens:
Monday 22 September (online and booking forms only)
Thursday 25 September (phone and in person)
Public booking opens:
Monday 29 September (online only)
Wednesday 1 October (phone and in person)