Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its 2021/2022 winter season.
The season will be headlined by the venue’s new production of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Award-winning Doubt: A Parable.
The piece will run 22 January – 5 February, directed by Lia Williams and starring Monica Dolan and Sam Spruell in their Chichester debuts with Jessica Rhodes also on the cast.
Doubt will be designed by Joanna Scotcher, with lighting by Paul Keogan, music and sound by Melanie Pappenheim and Giles Perring, and casting by Charlotte Sutton.
The season will also feature Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s highly-acclaimed Pinocchio for Christmas, running 18 December to 1 January.
Adapted by Anna Ledwich from Carlo Collodi’s iconic novel, the show previously had 15 live performances in 2020 before it was streamed globally during lockdown. Dale Rooks’s darkly magical production now returns for Christmas 2021, with the revival directed by Bobby Brook.
The season will also feature a number of visiting shows including the Birmingham Rep/National Theatre anniversary production of Ayub Khan Din’s East Is East direct from its London run; Noël Coward’s Private Lives with Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers; the new stage adaptation of evergreen sitcom The Good Life with Rufus Hound and Preeya Kalidas; the West End hit The Play What I Wrote; and the new comedy Two Cigarettes in the Dark with Penelope Keith.
Comedy and music range from Omid Djalili and Russell Kane to An Evening Without Kate Bush and the BBC Concert Orchestra, while entertainment for families includes new pop musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World and Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful.
For tickets and full details of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Winter season, visit www.cft.org.uk.