Award for Chichester theatre

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CHICHESTER Festival Theatre has received a top award.

It has been handed the Stage 100 Regional Theatre of the Year Award, in recognition of its achievements during its 2011 festival season.

The award has just been announced by The Stage, the UK’s leading newspaper for the entertainment industry.

The theatre’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Church, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award from The Stage.

‘It’s very gratifying to have this acknowledgement of our work, particularly at the start of our 50th Anniversary year.

‘Our success has been possible because of the incredibly hard work of our staff, actors, creative teams, commercial partners, and of course, the ongoing support of our audiences.’

Chichester’s Festival 2011 has been one of the most successful in its history.

Top Girls transferred to the West End last summer following its critically acclaimed run at the Minerva Theatre. Singin’ in the Rain and Sweeney Todd, which featured Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, will transfer to the West End early in 2012.