Chichester cast take time out for field research

The cast of South Downs from Chichester Festival Theatre at Lancing College in West Sussex
The cast of South Downs from Chichester Festival Theatre at Lancing College in West Sussex
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Next Friday night the Chichester Festival Theatre double bill of South Downs and The Browning Version will begin.

During a break from rehearsals the cast had a chance to bond as they visited Lancing College in West Sussex.

The trip had a particular meaning to it as it was where David Hare went to school, and where his play, South Downs, is set.

Carrying on their Terence Rattigan celebrations, the theatre are staging the two one-act plays side by side until October 8.

Starring Nicholas Farrell (Chariot of Fire) and Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral) the two plays have very different stories to tell.

Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version is about Andrew Cocker-Harris, played by Nicholas Farrell, a unpopular teacher who is retiring from public school. Originally written to be performed with another short play, David Hare was comissioned to write a play to go with it, and wrote South Downs.

Set in 1962, John Blakemore is a school boy who finds it impossible to adapt to his new settings, and is in danger of losing his only friend.

Tickets cost £28.50 and spaces are limited from Chichester Festival Theatre on (01243) 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.