Hot winter season at Chichester Festival Theatre

Ballet Giselle comes to Chichester Festival Theatre as part of the venue's winter season
Ballet Giselle comes to Chichester Festival Theatre as part of the venue's winter season
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Following the successful reopening of the newly refurbished Festival Theatre, Chichester announces its first winter season since 2011.

December sees the return of the Youth Theatre to the main stage, with a production of much-loved canine classic A Hundred and One Dalmatians appearing from December 20 – January 3.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (February 19 – 28) depicts an unlikely friendship between two boys during The Second World War. This moving and thought-provoking story based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne is the latest production to be presented by Chichester Festival Theatre and the Children’s Touring Partnership whose work includes the Olivier Award-winning play Goodnight Mister Tom.

There will also be top quality drama with an award-winning adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird (January 19 – 24), The King’s Speech (February 5 – 14) which stars Jason Donovan, and Dowtnon Abbey star Robert Bathurst appears in Love, Loss and Chianti (January 22 – 31 January).

Delightful theatrical absurdity will be on offer from inimitable duo Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (March 2 – 7), and hit comedy Bouncers will appear from February 3 – 7, painting a vivid portrait of one night in a 1980s Yorkshire disco.

The winter season also features a selection of ballets. Moscow City Ballet returns to celebrate the New Year with two classic productions from January 6 – 11.

Giselle is the powerful story of a tragic love affair, contrasted against the evergreen festive charm of The Nutcracker’s magical characters and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music.

The BBC Concert Orchestra also returns to its regional home for the popular Friday Night is Music Night on January 16. Essential Classics is on March 8 and the National Open Art Exhibition celebrates its 18th year at the Minerva Theatre, running from December 17 – January 3, showcasing 123 works of art which are all for sale.

For more details about the winter season at Chichester Festival Theatre or to book tickets for any of the forthcoming shows visit cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.