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Recruiting for Festival of Chichester play

Chichester Community Theatre are recruiting for their contribution to the 2017 Festival of Chichester.

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Reece Shearsmith and Ken Stott in The Dresser. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Reece Shearsmith to make his CFT debut

The Dresser finishes its tour with a couple of weeks at Chichester Festival Theatre – a chance for Reece Shearsmith to make his CFT debut (January 25-February 4).

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Richard Greenhorn           photo by Rosey Purchase

Ayckbourn play for Arundel Players

Arundel Players will start the year with a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, a play seen in a professional touring production at Chichester Festival Theatre late last year.

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Eastergate Players

Birthday celebrations for Eastergate Players

Eastergate Players celebrate a special landmark with this year’s pantomime: their 40th birthday.

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Iolanthe ladies back stage

Chichester: G&S as it should be done!

Martin Handley believes there’s been an awful tendency to allow Gilbert & Sullivan to ossify.

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Daisy Lewis in Silence by Moira Buffini

Downton Abbey star Daisy Lewis in Brighton

Downton Abbey star Daisy Lewis is a woman on a mission, travelling up and down the country to urge people to audition for the world’s longest-running youth arts organisation, the National Youth Theatre.

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Lavant Players

Lavant prepares to shiver its timbers!

Treasure Island is reimagined as Shiver Me Timbers by the Lavant Players for their latest production.

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Greg

A city story to be staged at this year's Festival of Chichester

Chichester Community Theatre are recruiting for their contribution to the 2017 Festival of Chichester.

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The Dresser

Ken Stott stars as Harwood's Dresser comes to Chichester

Ken Stott finds echoes of Arthur Miller in the writing of Ronald Harwood whose play The Dresser he is reviving (Chichester Festival Theatre, Jan 25-Feb 4).

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Speak and Spell

Massive fan brings Depeche Mode music to Worthing

By day, she’s a biomedical scientist in Brighton. But Sarah Woodgate’s big passion is Depeche Mode – a passion she will be sharing with everyone else when she brings a Depeche Mode tribute band to her home town of Worthing.

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Alexandra

Alexandra Burke offers her Sister Act!

After huge success in the Whitney Houston role in The Bodyguard, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke switches into comedy mode for her latest big musical adventure.

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Amy Burrows and Titus Rowe

From prince to beast and back again!

There’s something very special about the story of Beauty and the Beast, says Titus Rowe who will be Bognor Regis’ beast this Christmas.

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Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie

REVIEW: Robin Hood, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, until January 8.

Magic tricks, acrobats, all the usual routines, spectacular 3D effects, comedy mayhem and… errr… a massive Tyrannosaurus rex, Robin Hood is the panto that’s got the lot.

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Adam Abbou (Billy Elliot) Martin Walsh (Dad) and Scott Garnham (Tony) by Alastair Muir

Billy Elliot offers an important slice of "social history"

The UK has lost its last deep mine, but the Billy Elliot resonances aren’t hard to find as Billy Elliot the Musical plays Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday, February 7-Saturday, March 4.

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Shane Richie as Robin Hood and Jeffrey Holland as The Nurse

Dame Jeffrey takes to the stage!

It’s an impressive 44th panto for Jeffrey Holland at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre this Christmas – and his 27th as dame.

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Peter Pan - photo by Manuel Harlan

REVIEW: Peter Pan, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre until December 31.

It’s easy to think “Oh no, here we go again” at the thought of yet another Peter Pan – uncharitable thoughts instantly banished by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

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Sunny Afternoon. Photo: Kevin Cummins

REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon (Theatre Royal, Brighton, until December 31)

It might not be that seasonal, but it’s definitely turned Kinky at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, until the end of 2016.

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The panto cast

REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk, Kings Theatre, Southsea, until January 1.

Just as it usually is, the Kings panto is the one to beat this year – a fantastic explosion of festive spirit and comedy mayhem.

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The cast

Enjoying the fun of Bognor Regis panto

Kate Richards stepped into panto in Bognor Regis at very short notice a couple of years ago when the Wicked Queen went off ill in Snow White.

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PETER PAN CFYT Megan O'Hanlon in rehearsal as Tinker Bell. Photo by Richard Gibbons

Chichester: happy family tradition for Megan

Megan O’Hanlon keeps up something of a family tradition as she treads this boards this Christmas for Chichester Festival Theatre in their production of Peter Pan on the main-house stage (December 17-31).

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