A paradise lost in Chichester’s première of Pitcairn


Award-winning playwright Richard Bean unveils the second of his three world premières with Pitcairn at Chichester.

The writer has renewed his collaboration with acclaimed director Max Stafford-Clark for the production which will be staged in the Minerva Theatre before moving to London and a national tour.

The gripping island story charts how dreams of a modern society of equals in Paradise are blown off-course, following the infamous mutiny on The Bounty.

This compelling new play forms part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Hidden Histories season, exploring little known stories springing from historical events.

Richard Bean has forged a reputation as one of Britain’s leading playwrights whose work is characterised by robust humour.

His acclaimed satire Great Britain currently plays at the National Theatre and his latest, West End musical Made in Dagenham, opens later this year.

Pitcairn opens in 1789, when revolution is in the air. In France, a monarchy falls and, in the South Pacific, Fletcher Christian overthrows his captain in the famous mutiny on The Bounty.

Christian drops anchor at the fertile and remote island of Pitcairn. But his dreams of Eden are destroyed by the greed and suspicions of his fellow sailors, and by the Tahitians’ rigid adherence to their hierarchy and traditions.

The cast is an ensemble of new and emerging talent. The mutineers are played by Anna Leong Brophy, Lois Chimimba, Samuel Edward-Cook, Vanessa Emme, Eben Figueiredo, Siubhan Harrison, Saffron Hocking, Ash Hunter, Naveed Khan, Cassie Layton, Tom Morley, Adam Newington, Henry Pettigrew, David Rubin and Jack Tarlton.

Pitcairn is a joint production between The Globe, Out of Joint and Chichester Festival Theatre.

The drama contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Age guideline 16+.

Pitcairn runs at Chichester from August 22-20 September.


22 Sep–11 Oct, Shakespeare’s Globe (in rep)
14-18 Oct, Plymouth Theatre Royal
21-24 Oct, Warwick Arts Centre
28 Oct–1 Nov, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
4-8 Nov, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
11-15 Nov, Oxford Playhouse
18-22 Nov, Malvern Theatre.

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