Theatre in the Park, a temporary state-of-the-art auditorium, will stage two productions at the heart of Chichester's Festival 2013. The brand new space will be erected in June while the
£22 million RENEW redevelopment of the Festival Theatre continues.
Mirroring the Festival Theatre's auditorium, the purpose-built temporary building will house
1,400 seats and a thrust stage. It will be just a few minutes' stroll across Oaklands Park from
the Festival Theatre site.
Theatre in the Park will be unveiled with a major revival of the musical Barnum presented
in association with Cameron Mackintosh. Directed by Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director
of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, this production will star the versatile and consummate
Broadway entertainer Christopher Fitzgerald in the title role.
Angus Jackson directs Neville's Island, the second production to be staged in the Theatre in
the Park. Tim Firth's comedy about a disastrous outward bound expedition promises to be a
technically and visually ambitious staging.
Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to direct the musical The Pajama Game, which opens the
Festival season in the Minerva Theatre. Love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory
but sparks fly when employees are refused a pay rise.
Other highlights of Festival 2013 include the return of the critically acclaimed production The
Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht, one of the undoubted hits of Festival 2012.
Directed by Chichester's Artistic Director, Jonathan Church, the production will once again
feature Henry Goodman reprising his award-winning performance in the title role. Set in
Chicago in the 1930s during the Great Depression, the play is a powerful and sharp-witted
parable of the rise of Hitler. Following the Chichester run, the play will transfer to the West
End's Duchess Theatre.
The second play to be directed by Angus Jackson during Festival 2013 will be the world
premiere of political drama If Only by David Edgar, which takes a witty and astute look at the
world of coalition government.
The season ends with Another Country, Julian Mitchell's sensitive exploration of sexuality
and politics, set against the backdrop of a public school. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Another
Country is co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel.
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, directed by Dale Rooks, will present Roald Dahl's The
Witches in the Minerva Theatre over the Christmas period.
Since their appointment in 2006, Jonathan Church and Alan Finch have explored ways of
developing a younger audience. Chichester Festival Theatre was one of the most successful
participants in the Arts Council's A Night Less Ordinary scheme to give away tickets to
young people in 2009 - 10. During 2012 the Theatre also attracted a significant proportion
of younger audience members through its temporary pop-up auditorium, Theatre on the Fly,
which staged three critically acclaimed productions, Blue Remembered Hills, Playhouse
Creatures and Fred's Diner.
Chichester Festival Theatre remains committed to encouraging independent theatregoing
among younger people during Festival 2013 and this has led to the launch of a new scheme
for 18 - 25 year olds. A special allocation of tickets priced at just £8.50 for all performances
in both Theatres will be released one month before each production opens. Alongside
this initiative, the Theatre is revising its approach to ticket pricing by introducing a 'flexible'
system. This will fix ticket prices at an early-bird rate for a certain period. After this time,
the Theatre will have the option to vary prices in response to demand for the most popular