High stakes in the Big Apple

Guys And Dolls comes to Chichester Festival Theatre from August 11.
Guys And Dolls comes to Chichester Festival Theatre from August 11.
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Chichester Festival Theatre audiences will be transported to New York and its colourful gambling society with the hugely popular musical Guys and Dolls.

This multi award-winning production first premiered on Broadway in 1950, and is based on the colourful stories by Damon Runyon, an American journalist and author celebrated for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and actors of New York.

Guys and Dolls is set in the Prohibition era and follows the story of small-time shyster Nathan Detroit, who tries to arrange an illegal craps game. To raise money for the game, Nathan makes a bet with local gambler Sky Masterson that he believes he cannot lose and so begins a life-changing tale of love and faith on the streets of New York.

Starring Clare Foster, Jamie Parker, Peter Polycarpou and Sophie Thompson, this is the first time that Guys and Dolls has been staged at Chichester during its 52-year history.

It will be the first musical to open in the Festival Theatre following its £22m redevelopment and the musical marks debuts at Chichester for director Gordon Greenberg and choreographer Carlos Acosta.

Guys and Dolls will be at the Festival Theatre, Chichester from August 11- September 21. Evenings 7.30pm (except for the Press Night, Thursday August 21, 7pm), matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: Previews/Press Night from £10. All other performances from £15. To book, visit cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.