Chichester Festival Theatre will reopen its doors this summer with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’

Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne have announced that Chichester Festival Theatre will reopen its doors this summer with the rescheduled production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical, SOUTH PACIFIC.

Before then, a film of Sarah Kane’s deeply personal play, CRAVE, created from Tinuke Craig’s acclaimed production, will be available to watch on demand in May.

CFT is also planning a weekend of open air concerts and family events in Oaklands Park in early June.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC will be Chichester Festival Theatre’s summer musical for 2021, running from 5 July to 4 September 2021 in the Festival Theatre. The production will also be streamed online with dates to be announced.

Daniel Evans directs an outstanding cast led by Gina Beck (Nellie Forbush), Julian Ovenden (Emile de Becque), Joanna Ampil (Bloody Mary), Keir Charles (Luther Billis) and Rob Houchen (Joe Cable). The cast also includes Iroy Abesamis, Carl Au, Rosanna Bates, David Birrell, Taylor Bradshaw, Bobbie Chambers, Danny Collins, Shailan Gohil, Adrian Grove, Zack Guest, Matthew Maddison, Sera Maehara (as Liat), Melissa Nettleford, Kate Playdon, Pierce Rogan and Clancy Ryan.

The set and costume designer is Peter McKintosh, and the choreographer and movement director, Ann Yee. Musical direction is by Cat Beveridge, with musical supervision by Nigel Lilley, orchestrations by David Cullen, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Paul Groothuis, additional arrangements by Theo Jamieson, and casting by Charlotte Sutton.

One performance of SOUTH PACIFIC each week will be socially distanced.

There will be a Dementia Friendly performance on 1 September at 2.30pm, welcoming individuals living with dementia, as well as their friends, families and carers.



Sarah Kane’s CRAVE was live streamed to thousands in 50 countries around the globe as the cast of four performed in an empty auditorium. This film is a new edit of the live stream, with remastered sound and incorporating new footage from filmmaker Ravi Deepres, offering audiences at home the chance to experience a specially made film of the production that defied lockdown.

CRAVE will have an opening night performance on 18 May 2021, and will then be available to stream on demand from 19 to 29 May. The opening night performance will be followed by a live post-show talk with members of the company.

Tinuke Craig’s production stars Erin Doherty, Alfred Enoch, Wendy Kweh and Jonathan Slinger.

CRAVE is designed by Alex Lowde, with lighting by Joshua Pharo, composition and sound by Anna Clock, film by Ravi Deepres, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and casting by Charlotte Sutton. Filmed by The Umbrella Rooms.

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