Hugh Bonneville and Omid Djalili among the stars as live entertainment returns to Chichester

Films and West End stars have been announced for the Movies and Music Weekend coming up from Chichester Festival Theatre and Chichester Cinema at New Park.

By Phil Hewitt
Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 2:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 2:04 pm
Hugh Bonneville
Hugh Bonneville

The films will include screen classics Singin’ in the Rain and Some Like It Hot, alongside the popular hits Grease, The Greatest Showman and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, all at the Drive-In Cinema in Northgate car park, produced by the CFT and Chichester Cinema at New Park from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30. Pixar’s latest family comedy Onward will complete the programme.

The CFT’s day of outdoor performances then follows on Monday, August 31.

Hugh Bonneville headlines Family Fun in the Park, reading Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, with actors using puppetry to bring the stories to life. Families can also join in a fun dance-along.

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And then, at a concert that evening, Omid Djalili will introduce songs from the musicals with West End performers Gina Beck, Gabrielle Brooks, Rob Houchen, Julian Ovenden and Giles Terera, joined by CFT artistic director Daniel Evans.

Songs will include a medley from South Pacific alongside hits from West Side Story, Wicked, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady.

A raised stage will be erected next to the Festival Theatre on Oaklands Park and plots will be marked out on the park for both events, with small plots for up to two people and larger plots for up to four people.

Traditional drive-in style food and drink will be available to pre-order for delivery to your car at the Chichester Drive-In Cinema, and picnic hampers can be pre-ordered for the Concert in the Park, all supplied by CFT’s caterers Caper & Berry.

Arrangements will be put in place for the necessary social distancing, and all rules and guidelines prevalent at the time will be strictly adhered to throughout the event. The event is being planned with the co-operation and support of Chichester District Council.

Tickets go on sale from July 30 at for Family Fun in the Park, the Concert in the Park and the Chichester Drive-In Cinema; tickets for the Drive-In Cinema will also be available at


GREASE Friday, August 28, 8.30pm

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Saturday, August 28, 5.30pm

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Saturday, August 28, 9pm

ONWARD Sunday, August 28, 10.30am.

SOME LIKE IT HOT Sunday, August 28, 3.30pm.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sunday, August 28, 8pm.

Tickets go on sale from July 30 at and


Monday, August 31, 11am (ends 12noon approx.), doors open at 10am for picnicking.

Tickets go on sale from July 30 at


Monday, August 31, 6pm (ends 7.45 approx), doors open at 5pm for picnicking.

Tickets go on sale from July 30 at



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