Chichester welcomes winter warmers

Simon Callow performing in Charles Dickens one man plays Dr Marigold and Mr Chops. Credit Geraint Lewis

Simon Callow performing in Charles Dickens one man plays Dr Marigold and Mr Chops. Credit Geraint Lewis

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As the winter coats come out, and the cold nights and short days draw in, Chichester’s theatres will be throwing open their doors to offer a wealth of productions over the coming months.

Chichester Festival Theatre and the Minerva Theatre’s winter season includes big names and big performances to keep everyone entertained.

British actor David Haig will star in the title role of The Madness of George III, after previously appearing in Yes, Prime Minister at the Festival Theatre in 2010.

The play will run at the Festival Theatre from November 14 until 19.

Opening the new season at the Minerva Theatre is The Wild Bride by Kneehigh on Tour, from November 1 until 5.

Another recognised face who will be appearing at the Festival Theatre is Simon Callow, who starred alongside David Haig in the 1994 classic, Four Weddings And A Funeral.

He will be appearing in Patrick Garland’s adaption of Dr Marigold and Mr Chops, two one-man plays originally by Charles Dickens, which tells the story of a travelling salesman who adopts a girl and a freak show performer who wins the lottery.

The play will be running from November 21 until 26.

Theatre company, Filter, won’t disappoint with a mix of music and sound from The London Snorkelling Team, as they perform the Shakespearean classic of A Midsummer Nights Dream in a whole new light, from December 5 until 10.

Soon after the festive mood will arrive in Chichester, and as the Christmas trees go up up and the scarves go on, there will be Christmas concerts in the Festival Theatre.

Performances range from The Choir Of Chichester Cathedral to The Band Of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines (Royal Band) Portsmouth from December 5 until 10.

Students from schools in the area will also take part in a programme of music, carols, readings and poems compiled by actor Philip Franks, with a special guest soon to announced.

The mysterious mood continues as Chichester Youth Theatre put on C S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, between December 17 and 31.

A big announcement of the season is the Moscow City Ballet’s appearance at the Festival Theatre from January 3 until 8, with their productions of The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet.

One night performances include Laugh And Be Happy with Peter Polycarpou, on October 27, and The Virginia Monologues with Virginia Ironside in the Minerva Theatre, on February 4.

Priority booking for Friends of the Theatre opens online on September 8, and in person and over the phone on September 15.

Booking of winter season shows for the public opens online on September 19, and for general use on September 22.

For more information on productions and ticket prices contact the Chichester Festival Theatre on (01243) 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.

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