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National Theatre Captioned Performances

Start date: June 26, 2017

End date: June 26, 2018

Location: The National Theatre

Venue: The National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Price: £16 (plus companion at same price) or £15 for Travelex shows (plus companion at same price)
Book online: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk (captioned-performances)

Each season we have at least two captioned performances of every production at the National Theatre. This season includes: Pinocchio, Follies, Jane Eyre and Angels in America, to name a few. To find out more about what we have on for you this season visit: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/access

  • Free synopsis available to all bookers
  • Infrared audio headsets and personal neck loops available
  • Script-lending service
  • Assistance dogs are welcome and can be taken into the auditoriums
  • Contego wireless audio amplification available on Backstage Tours
  • Free parking in the NT car park for Blue Badge holder attending performances

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Wolverhampton Grand BSL interpreted or Captioned Performances

Start date: January 1, 2018

End date: January 31, 2019

Location: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, WV1 1DE

Start date: Jan 2018 – Jan 2019
Location: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE
Website: www.grandtheatre.co.uk

The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre have a variety of accessible performances scheduled for 2018 including, BSL Interpreted performances of Blood Brothers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jersey Boys, Awful Auntie and 2018/19 Pantomine Sleeping Beauty. We also have Captioned performances of Touring Consortium’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and our in-house production Ladies Day.

For a full list of performances please visit – www.grandtheatre.co.uk/access/accessibleperformances/

All accessible performances have seats held off for our access users. These seats can be reserved via email on sueh@grandtheatre.co.uk or booked via our Box Office on 01902 42 92 12. You can purchase all other seats for our accessible performances via our website.

British Sign Language Classes at Summerside Academy 2018

Start date: January 11, 2018

End date: December 20, 2018

Time: 4.00pm – 6.30pm

Location: Crossway, London

Summerside Academy logoSIGNATURE LEVEL 2 – This intermediate course is aimed at people who have completed level 1 and want to extend their communication with Deaf people.

The course will enable learners to develop skills and abilities to achieve a level of competence for progression and further learning. Applicants for this course will have to attend an interview to assess their suitability. Interviews will be soon. The course starts on 11th January – 20th December 2018.

Cheques to be paid after interviews.

COURSE TIMES: Thursday 4.00pm – 6.30pm

COURSE FEE: £650.00 (£325.00 cons) this price includes exams.

COURSE WEB-PAGE: More details – tap here

Course application form: Tap here to download (MS Word)

Summerside Academy,
N12 0QU.
Telephone: 020 8343 6184
Email: admin@summerside.barnet.sch.uk


Start date: April 11, 2018

End date: June 30, 2018

Location: Various

Coconut - Featured ImageStart date: 11th April-30th June
Location: Various locations, London
Website/Booking: www.thethelmas.co.uk/coconut

Ever feel like you’re constantly disappointing people?

Meet Rumi, a British Pakistani woman who’s referred to as a ‘Coconut’ (brown on the outside, white on the inside). Born and brought up as a Muslim, Rumi spends more time enjoying fine wine and bacon than being at the mosque. When she meets Simon, a white guy, she hopes that his decision to convert to Islam will be enough to keep everyone happy.

However, as Simon begins to explore his faith, Rumi’s world spins off its axis in ways she could never have predicted.

Please note that while the play itself is largely comic and fairly irreverent in tone, it does touch on areas around emotional coercion, religious based violence/coercion/grooming and abusive relationships – it’s not overt but that is kind of what is interesting about it – the grey areas.

Recommended age 14+

Both captioned and BSL performances are available. For more information, please click here to download the flier.

Present Laughter

Start date: April 20, 2018

End date: May 12, 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 20 April – 12 May
Time: 11/05/18 7.30pm (Captioned)
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £10
More info & Booking – tap on this link

Actor Garry Essendine is at the height of his fame. He’s handsome, witty, surrounded by adoring fans, and about to take his latest theatrical hit overseas. He’s also in the middle of a raging mid-life crisis.

Holed up in his studio, he is assailed from all quarters: a beautiful debutante wants to bed him, an aspiring playwright from Uckfield wants to worship him, and his own producer’s wife wants to… well, what exactly does she want?

Under the sardonic eye of his long-suffering secretary and the unshockable gaze of his estranged but determined wife, Garry struggles to keep all the balls in the air.

This sparkling comedy about sex, fame and the theatre itself – and a man wrestling with his own self-image – is widely regarded as Noël Coward’s most autobiographical play.

Sean Foley’s hit West End productions include The Painkiller, Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Olivier Award for Best Comedy), The LadykillersThe Dresser (at Chichester in 2016) and the multi award-winning The Play What I Wrote.

Actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound plays Garry, returning to Chichester following Neville’s Island (2013). His stage work also includes One Man, Two Guvnors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End).

Katherine Kingsley plays Liz Essendine; last seen here in The Rehearsal and as Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, her recent West End work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Tracy-Ann Oberman plays Monica; she played Golde in Fiddler on the Roof (Festival 2017), and her stage credits also include Boeing-Boeing and Stepping Out in the West End.

Our Country’s Good

Start date: April 25, 2018

End date: May 5, 2018

Time: Multiple Showings

Location: Theatre Royal Stratford East

Start date: 25th April-5th May
Location: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Website/Booking: stratfordeast.com

A Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company production in co-production with Ramps on the Moon. By Timberlake Wertenbaker. Based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally

Illuminating, sensitive and current” – The Times

Entertaining, inclusive and generous” – The Stage


Start date: May 4, 2018

End date: June 2, 2018

Time: 7:45pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 4 May – 2 June
Time: 24/05/18 7.45pm (Captioned)
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £20
More info & Booking – tap on this link

A double bill of plays by Debbie Tucker Green


never trouble trouble til trouble trouble you

But trouble does arrive. And changes everything.

This blistering play, told through the eyes of a young woman, explores the unbearable sense of loss felt by a family faced with a catastrophic and random act.


forgotten nothing – forgotten everything

In the cradle of their South African family, Boyfriend and Girlfriend are beginning their lives together, just as Mama and Dad, and Grandad and Nana, did before them.

Until, one by one, family members start to disappear.

Fierce, warm and funny, these two short and haunting dramas examine love, life and loss through the lives of two families on two continents. random is an extraordinary play for one actress, whilst the generationscompany includes a South African choir.

A playwright, screenwriter and director, debbie tucker green is one of theatre’s most original and internationally acclaimed voices. She won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004 for born bad, and the 2012 BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama for the television version of random.

Both plays are directed by Tinuke Craig. Winner of the 2014 Genesis Future Director Award and Associate Director at the Gate Theatre 2015-2016, her credits include debbie tucker green’s dirty butterfly at the Young Vic.

A Brave Face

Date: May 5, 2018

Time: 8pm

Location: Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Venue: Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG
Date / Time: Saturday 5th May, 8.00pm
Price: £15.00 full price, £13.00 concessions, Groups get 1 in 10 free
Book online: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/a-brave-face
Recommended age: 12 years+

Vamos Theatre presents a co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival.

Award-winning Vamos Theatre brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told. Set in Afghanistan in 2009, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, A Brave Face engages audiences across borders and boundaries. A Brave Face is accessible to hearing and deaf audiences alike.

“Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!” Plays to See “Such a triumph” – ★★★★★
– The Hereford Times

“Simply beautiful” – ★★★★★
– What’s On Stage

>> More information and book your tickets – tap here

Mary Hare – Secondary Open Day

Date: May 7, 2018

Location: Mary Hare School, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3BQ

Mary Hare - Secondary Open DayYou see a boarding school… We see friendships for life

The right learning environment, the right attitude and the right approach can make a world of difference. At Mary Hare School we offer our pupils a large enough peer group to make friends for life.


To book a place, please visit Mary Hare website, events section – tap here

For more information or to arrange an individual visit, please contact Debbie Benson:

Email: d.benson@maryhare.org.uk
Tel: 01635 244215)
Or visit our website: www.maryhare.org.uk

The Immigrant

Start date: May 10, 2018

End date: May 17, 2018

Location: Newbury, Oxford, Dorset & Devon.


In 1917 Chaplin released his short film “The Immigrant”, a story of people optimistically arriving in America to start a new life. One hundred years later, in 2017, America introduced the most controversial immigration policy in the nation’s history.

Chris has re-envisaged Chaplin’s short film and developed new material to represent the experiences of modern migrants.

“The Immigrant” is a heartwarming, hilarious story of an innocent starting a new life in an unfamiliar country. He battles prejudice, poverty and policy pronouncements but soon he has the opportunity to show everyone his worth and something changes…


10th May: Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury – Tap here to book your tickets

12th May: Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford – Tap here to book your tickets

16th May: Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, Dorset – Tap here to book your tickets

17th May: The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon – Tap here to book your tickets

Split Britches

Start date: May 17, 2018

End date: May 20, 2018

Location: Barbican Centre Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, this show explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.

The stage features a round table, doomsday images projected on a screen, echoing the War Room in Stanley Kubrick’s film. In our Situation Room, twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weave in satirical insights and spirit-lifting humour.

Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches lace this interactive piece with both playful urgency and lethargy, encouraging discussion about the political landscape.

The pioneering theatre-makers see unexploded ordnances (bombs and weapons) as a metaphor for the unexplored potential of older people and hope to uncover buried resources in us all.

Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

1 hour/no interval
Age guidance 16+

Thur 17 May
BSL-interpreted performance

Thu 17 May
Post-show talk (BSL-interpreted)

Free to same-day ticket holders

19-20 May
Weekend Lab
 led by Lois Weaver

This performance contains strobe lighting.

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Presented by the Barbican. Development supported by In Company Collective with additional support from the Barbican, Doris Duke Foundation and Queen Mary University. Part of Sky Arts Art 50.

Building the Wall

Date: May 22, 2018

Time: 19:30

Location: Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Jez Bond
Production supported by Park Theatre’s Producers’ Circle

Captioned Performance

Date and time: Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 19.30
Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP
Ticket prices:
Standard – £20.00 – £26.50
Concessions – £18.50
Child (Under 16) – £15.00

Please reserve best Caption Viewing seats by emailing Access@parktheatre.co.uk

“Shit rolls downhill and the little guy takes the fall while the people who really set things in motion, they always walk. Always.”

2019, America. Rick is incarcerated awaiting sentencing for the crime of the century. He grants just one interview – to Gloria, an African American historian. In a world where history is written by the winners, Gloria wants a full account. Unfiltered. Direct from source.

Building the Wall examines what happens when an ordinary person becomes a cog in a regime and how the inconceivable becomes the inevitable.

Don’t miss the UK Premiere of this gripping political thriller from Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Academy award nominee.

The story has already begun. Is this how it ends?

“A revolutionary new play” – Time Magazine

“Mesmerising” – Hollywood Reporter

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Our Country’s Good

Start date: May 23, 2018

End date: June 2, 2018

Location: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Date: Wednesday 23 May to Saturday 2nd June 2018
Time: Varies depending on dates
Venue: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
Ticket: from £15

This production is part of Ramps on the Moon and features the creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation throughout.

A comical, yet powerful drama that celebrates the redemptive power of art and how we can escape the chains that bind us.

In 1787, ships each with over 700 convicts on board set sail on an eight month voyage. When they arrive in Australia, their survival is by no means certain: supplies are running out, the convicts are stealing food or trying to escape and the guards are threatening mutiny.

Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them.

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The Chalk Garden

Start date: May 25, 2018

End date: June 16, 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 25 May – 16 June
Time: 15/06/18 7.30pm (Captioned)
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £10
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Nothing will grow for eccentric, high-born Mrs St Maugham in the dry earth of her once grand Sussex garden. Indoors, the situation is even worse. Her wild and damaged granddaughter, sixteen-year-old Laurel, sets fires and throws tantrums.

When the enigmatic Miss Madrigal arrives to take up the post of Laurel’s companion, the household is disconcerted by her evasive oddity. Where has she come from, and why does she refuse to speak about her past?

Both singular comedy and haunting mystery, this startling insight into mother-daughter relationships is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable plays. The author of many books and dramas, Enid Bagnold is still best known for her 1935 novel, National Velvet.

Penelope Keith makes a welcome return to Chichester to play Mrs St Maugham. Her roles here encompass The Apple Cart, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Way of the World, Entertaining Angels and Mrs Pat.

Amanda Root, returning to Chichester following The Deep Blue Sea (2011), plays Miss Madrigal; Oliver Ford Davies, who appeared in Goodnight Mister Tom (2011), makes his Festival debut.

Alan Strachan directed Entertaining Angels (2006) and Mrs Pat (2015) with Penelope Keith at Chichester; his many West End productions range from plays by Coward and Ayckbourn to Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare.

A Change is Gonna Come – Barbican Young Poets

Date: May 26, 2018

Location: Barbican Centre Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

A spirit of experimentation in the intimate setting of The Pit as the Barbican Young Poets, past and current, come together with dancers from Boy Blue Entertainment.

Expect an electrifying collaboration under the artistic and creative direction of Jacob Sam-La Rose, a poet and performer of international repute, and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, co-founder of hip-hop dance company Boy Blue. Tapping into the musicality and rhythm of language, this show sees poets interacting with dancers, fusing the vitality and energy of spoken word with movement, as they share their personal experiences of the nation in which they find themselves living.

Exploiting a broad range of genres, styles and themes, Barbican Young Poets have evolved to become drivers for change, their voices helping to define the poetry scene in London and across the UK. Barbican Artistic Associate Boy Blue develop some of the country’s most sought-after hip-hop artists.

A Change is Gonna Come is part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

1 hour 30 mins/no interval
Age guidance 14+

Sat 26 May
BSL-interpreted performance

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Presented and commissioned by the Barbican

The Country Wife

Start date: June 8, 2018

End date: July 7, 2018

Time: 2:45pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 8 June – 7 July
Time: 23/06/18 2:45pm (Captioned)
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £20
More info & Booking – tap on this link.

The City of London. The randy seventeenth century. Harry Horner wants to seduce as many women as possible, but he needs to convince their husbands that he’s physically incapable of any such thing. Cannily, his faux impotence also allows him to sniff out and unmask those respectably virtuous ladies who secretly ache for him.

But this virile villain hasn’t reckoned with Mr. Pinchwife’s sexy young spouse Margery, fresh from the rather too plain-speaking countryside.

Widely regarded as one of the filthiest and funniest plays ever written, William Wycherley’s The Country Wife has outraged and excited audiences for over 300 years (though not during the many years it was banned from both stage and print) and today still casts a provocative light on sexual mores.

Jonathan Munby returns to Chichester following his huge success with King Lear (Festival 2017, West End 2018) and First Light (Festival 2016). Recent work also includes his new production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen in the West End.

Susannah Fielding makes her Chichester debut as Margery Pinchwife; her theatre work includes The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre) and Portia in The Merchant of Venice (RSC).

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast tour

Start date: June 10, 2018

End date: November 23, 2018

Location: All over the UK

Sarah Millican - Control Enthusiast tourBSL interpreted shows
Start date: Sunday 10th June 2018
End date: Friday 23rd November 2018
Website: www.sarahmillican.co.uk
Twitter: @sarahmillican75

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you!

Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.

Show dates, times and booking info:

Sunday 10th June 2018, 8:00pm
SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, G3 8YW
The interpreter will be standing stage-right, and patrons can book allocated seating via the box office by emailing: groups@sec.co.uk.

Saturday 6th October 2018, 8:00pm
Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, NE1 4AG
The interpreter will be standing stage-right, and patrons can book allocated seating via the box office by emailing:info@tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

Wednesday 24th October 2018, 8:00pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, B1 2EA
The interpreter will be standing stage-right, and patrons can book allocated seating via the box office by emailing:groupbookings@thsh.co.uk

Friday 23rd November 2018, 8:00pm
Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH
The interpreter will be standing stage-left, and patrons can book allocated seating via the box office by emailing:info@eventimapollo.com

When emailing the venues about any of the above performances, please supply your name, address and how many tickets you would like, including Personal Assistant tickets if required. Please note that Assistant Dogs are also welcome at the theatres; just let the venue know if they’re coming along. Please don’t send any payment details in your initial email, the theatres can organise payment once they have your booking information.

Smack That (a conversation)

Date: June 14, 2018

Location: Barbican Centre Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Endlessly inventive choreographer Rhiannon Faith shines a light on the complex subject of domestic abuse in an empowering and participatory performance highlighting human resilience.

Beverly is having a party and you are one of her guests. There are games, drinks, shared conversation, energetic dance and heartbreaking moments as she bravely gives a raw and honest account of surviving an abusive relationship.

Each member of the all-female cast, a close-knit group of non-performers and dance artists, fearlessly takes on the persona of Beverly to convey turbulent, real experiences. The unusual setting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and celebrate their endurance with the audience. Faith’s work with a support group at charity Safer Places underpins this show, which seeks to raise social consciousness around domestic abuse by supporting women to openly talk about it.

Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

This show discusses themes of an adult nature, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

1 hour 20 mins/no interval
Age guidance 16+

14 June 2018
BSL-interpreted performance

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Presented by the Barbican and developed through Barbican Guildhall Open Lab. Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse. Supported by Arts Council England, Essex County Council, DanceEast, Rich Mix and artsdepot. With the support of Safer Places.

Deaf Business Awards & Conference 2018 – “Foundations for Growth”

Date: June 16, 2018

Time: 13:15 – 22:45

Location: Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Venue: Foresight Centre, 1 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3GL

– Conference, Awards Ceremony, food & drinks (10% DISCOUNT CODE – DBA498)

£35 – Conference, Awards ceremony, food, drinks and CPD certificate

Tickets: Book you tickets online – tap here

This year we will be celebrating the brightest and best Deaf-led UK businesses at our bi-annual Deaf Business Awards! Winners and awards will be presented after our conference day ‘Foundations for Growth’ which will showcase some of the latest developments for Deaf business owners, deaf professionals and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

This is a full day event open to Deaf businesses, deaf/ hearing communities, communication professionals & Youth groups (16+).

We are also offering CPD certificates for professionals who wish to use this as an opportunity for professional learning. Please select the CPD option at the checkout.

The event includes:

  • Special guest speakers
  • Exhibitors
  • Awards ceremony
  • Premier of our Business Signs resource
  • Networking Supper
  • Celebration Drinks at the Everyman Theatre Bar

Full details can be found on: www.deafbusinessacademy.co.uk

For exhibiting & sponsorship queries please email: dionne@deafbusinessacademy.co.uk

Full communication support will provided throughout the day to ensure access for a range of communication needs.


Date: June 27, 2018

Time: 19:45

Location: Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Elphin Productions in association with Park Theatre presents
By Alan Bowne
Directed by Robin Lefevre

Captioned Performance

Date and time: Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 19.45
Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP
Ticket prices:
Previews – £14.50
Standard – £18.00
Concessions – £16.50
Child (Under 16) – £13.00
Essential companion goes free

‘I can live without sex and feel dead or risk death and feel alive’

Torch has been quarantined in a dark, squalid room on the Lower East Side of New York City, which the locals refer to as “Beirut”, after testing positive for a nameless disease. Torch passes the time alone, forbidden from contact with the outside world.

His girlfriend, Blue, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. Torch tries to keep her at arm’s length and they argue lovingly, jokingly, fearfully, bravely and desperately about sex and death. All the while, Torch pleads with Blue to leave before his resistance fails…

Robin Lefevre has previously won the New York Drama Desk Award for Best Director and is a Tony Award nominee.

‘The marvel of Mr Bowne’s work is the richly raunchy language, tuned to the gritty rhythms of the street. It’s crude yet lyrical; the dialogue sings’
– The New York Times

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Me and My Girl

Start date: July 2, 2018

End date: August 25, 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 2 July – 25 August
Time: 24/08/18 7.30pm (Captioned), 14/08/18 (Signed)
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £10
More info & Booking – tap on this link

At Hareford Hall in Hampshire, suspense is in the air. The family solicitor has found the long-lost heir to the Hareford title and riches. But, to everyone’s horror, he’s a Cockney barrow boy called Bill Snibson. As the Duchess determinedly sets out to transform him into a true gentleman, Bill’s sweetheart Sally wonders how she fits in to his new life. Before too long, Bill has to answer some soul-searching questions about who he really is.

This uproarious, much-loved musical comedy includes the enormously popular numbers The Sun Has Got His Hat On and Lambeth Walk. The revised version by Stephen Fry and Mike Ockrent, also featuring Leaning on a Lamppost, won the 1985 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical.

This new staging is directed by Daniel Evans with designs by Lez Brotherston and choreography by Alistair David, the outstanding team behind Festival 2017’s hit musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Matt Lucas plays Bill Snibson. Known to a television audience of millions for the smash hit TV series Little Britain, his theatre work includes the role of Thenardier in Les Misérables in the West End. His recent screen credits include Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland, Paddington and Bridesmaids.

Caroline Quentin makes her Chichester debut as the Duchess of Dene. One of television’s most popular actors from series such as Men Behaving BadlyJonathan Creek and Dickensian, her recent stage work includes The Hypocrite (RSC) and Relative Values (West End).

Relaxed Performance available on Wednesday 25 July at 2.30pm.

The Meeting

Start date: July 13, 2018

End date: August 11, 2018

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 13 July – 11 August
Time: 24/07/18 (Signed), 1/08/18 (Captioned), 4/08/18 (Signed)
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £20
More info & Booking – tap on this link

Rachel has been the voice for her deaf mother since she was born, but now she is restless to be heard for herself. Together, they have found sanctuary in a Quaker community that reveres silence. But the world is at war and it is becoming ever harder to live in Friendship. When a stranger arrives in their midst, their fragile peace is set to shatter.

This powerful new play from the acclaimed writer Charlotte Jones is a spellbinding exploration of the timeless challenges of bringing the truth to light.

Charlotte Jones’s multi award-winning play Humble Boy transferred to the West End and Broadway following a sell-out run at the National Theatre. Her other work includes The Lightning Play at the Almeida Theatre, The Dark at the Donmar Warehouse and Martha, Josie & The Chinese Elvis (UK tour).

Director Natalie Abrahami makes her debut at Chichester; her recent productions include Queen Anne (RSC/West End) and Happy Days (Young Vic). She was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill from 2007 – 2012, and Associate Director at the Young Vic.

The 39 Steps

Date: July 19, 2018

Time: 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Location: Stephen Joseph Theatre, North Yorkshire

Price: £10
 Thu 19 Jul, 1.30 (also Dementia Friendly) & 7.00pm
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1JW

Open captioned performances

A gripping, hilarious, brilliant, fast-moving whodunnit based on the Hitchcock classic.

This Olivier award-winning play – which started its life right here in North Yorkshire – will receive its in-the-round UK premiere at the SJT.

The 39 Steps, which played for nine years in London’s West End, is a brilliant, fast-moving spoof including legendary scenes such as the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first ever theatrical bi-plane crash and a death-defying (well nearly) finale.

Paul Robinson says:
“This gripping and hilarious whodunit, which was originally created by North Country Theatre before being adapted by Patrick Barlow, makes its return to North Yorkshire after an absence of over twenty years. We can’t wait to share it with our audience again.”

“A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic”
Sunday Times

“Theatrical tomfoolery to die for”
The Guardian

Sunday Express

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Start date: August 17, 2018

End date: September 22, 2018

Time: 2:45pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 17 August – 22 September
Time: 08/09/18 (Captioned) 2:45pm
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £20
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In 1941, in the middle of the Second World War, the great German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish colleague Niels Bohr. They were old friends and collaborators, and together in the 1920s they had begun to lay bare the mysteries at the heart of the atom. But now Denmark was under German occupation, the meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment – and Heisenberg was burdened with a terrible secret.

Why he went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions which have exercised historians ever since. In Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning drama Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife Margrethe once again to look for the answers, and to work out, just as they had once worked out the internal functioning of the atom, how we can ever know why we do what we do.

Michael Frayn is one of this country’s finest writers. Copenhagen premiered at the National Theatre in 1998, going on to the West End and Broadway and winning over 10 major international awards.

Michael Blakemore’s many collaborations with Michael Frayn include Democracy at the National Theatre and the original production of Copenhagen for which he won a Tony Award. Of his extensive London productions, 15 have earned Evening Standard or Olivier Awards.

Charles Edwards returns to Chichester to play Heisenberg. His work ranges from Downton Abbey on television to the original cast of This House and the forthcoming Absolute Hell (National Theatre).

Patricia Hodge plays Margrethe. Her most recent Chichester appearance was Travels with My Aunt (2016); her extensive work includes Miranda and Downton Abbey on television, and Michael Frayn’s Noises Off at the National Theatre.

Paul Jesson makes his Chichester debut as Bohr. His screen work includes Mr Turner and Spooks, while extensive theatre includes Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (RSC).

Flowers for Mrs Harris

Start date: September 8, 2018

End date: September 29, 2018

Time: 2:30pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 8 – 29 September
Time: 20/09/18 (Signed), 29/09/18 (Captioned) 2:30pm
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £10
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Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever…

From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the shimmering avenues of Paris, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way; but can she let go of the past and finally allow her own life to blossom?

This new musical, directed by Daniel Evans, captures the glowing humanity of the novella by Paul Gallico on which it is based. The production began in Sheffield, where it won three UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical.

Richard Taylor is a composer and lyricist for stage, opera and television, whose work includes Beauty and the Beast (CFYT 2017) and The Go-Between (West End). Rachel Wagstaff adapted Sebastian Faulks’s novel Birdsong for the West End.

Clare Burt recreates her award-winning performance as Mrs Harris; her work includes London Road and Sunday in the Park with George (National Theatre) and Big Fish (West End).

Joanna Riding returns to Chichester following The Pajama Game (Festival 2013 and West End), while Gary Wilmot makes a welcome Festival debut.

Joking Apart

Date: September 13, 2018

Time: 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Location: Stephen Joseph Theatre, North Yorkshire

Price: from £10
Thu 13 Sep, 1.30 (also Dementia Friendly) & 7.00pm
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1JW

Open captioned performances

Laugh until it hurts at this 40th anniversary production of an Ayckbourn classic.

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Others have an entire canteen of cutlery”

For Richard and Anthea everything in life just falls into place. With their warmth, careless charm, generosity and business success they are a truly happy, golden couple.

They invite their friends, neighbours and business partners to celebrate with them over the years; on Bonfire Night, at midsummer, on Boxing Day and eventually, their daughter’s 18th birthday party. Perhaps it’s inevitable that the others suffer by comparison. Quiet misery, unrequited love and jealousy play their part in this painfully funny comedy.

Laugh until it hurts at this 40th anniversary production. The world premiere in 1978 was an immediate hit.

“Joking Apart is packed taut with maliciously funny observation of human foibles and it’s a masterpiece of dramatic construction” 
The Guardian

“To my mind, this new comedy is the most satisfying of all his plays so far” 
Daily Telegraph

“A superb and chilling piece of work” 
The Times

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Better off dead

Date: September 27, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Stephen Joseph Theatre, North Yorkshire

Price: from £10
 Thursday 27 September at 7.00pm
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1JW

Open captioned performances

Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play is a comedy of confusion about an angry old man who might not be so angry after all.

Larger than life and highly irascible author Algy Waterbridge is hard at work on his 33rd crime novel featuring blunt Yorkshire cop DCI Tommy Middlebrass. But it’s been a while since Tommy was on the TV, Algy’s wife is getting frighteningly forgetful and his adoring PA sometimes oversteps the mark. With constant interruptions, it’s almost the last straw when old acquaintance Gus Crewe turns up to interview him for the press with alarming consequences.

But as Algy’s fictional character takes him over and real people introduce themselves into the dramatic climax of his novel, the lines become blurred and it might just be that fiction, misunderstandings and mistaken identity are closer to the truth than they seem.

Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play is a comedy of confusion about an angry old man who might not be so angry after all.

“He is writing and directing with as much wit, insight, originality and mischief as ever, still surprising, still setting himself theatrical puzzles, still so spot-on about the arts, education, marriage, romance, loss and life’s vicissitudes for men and women, but now with added reflection and humane sagacity.”
The Press (York)

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Start date: September 28, 2018

End date: October 27, 2018

Time: 7:45pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 28 September – 27 October
Time: 17/10/18 (Captioned) 7:45pm
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £20
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Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. Someone who is different in every single way. But can John give her what she wants, when he’s never been with a woman before?

Funny and eye-openingly fresh and frank, Cock is a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillating identities. It tussles with knotty twenty-first century questions: can we – and should we be allowed to – change if we want to?

Mike Bartlett is one of this generation’s leading writers for stage and screen. His work includes King Charles III (Almeida, West End and BBC) and the hit television series Doctor Foster. The Olivier Award-winning Cock premiered at the Royal Court and off-Broadway in 2009.

This new production is directed by Kate Hewitt. Winner of the JMK Young Director Award and the inaugural RTST Director Award 2016, she was recently named as one of Variety’s ‘10 Brits to Watch in 2017’. Her credits include Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon at Sheffield and Caryl Churchill’s Far Away at the Young Vic.

Contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.

Age Guidance 16+

The Midnight Gang

Start date: October 13, 2018

End date: November 3, 2018

Time: 2pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 13 October – 3 November
Time: 03/11/18 (Captioned) 2pm
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £10
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A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed twelve-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital.

Luckily, he’s not on his own with the child-hating Matron and the scary-looking Porter. George, Amber, Robin and Sally are in there too, and they’re not taking things lying down. When the lights go out and the clock strikes twelve, they’re off. But will they let new boy Tom join their forbidden midnight adventures through the hospital’s labyrinthine realm?

This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness is adapted from David Walliams’s biggest selling children’s book of 2016.

This new stage version is by Bryony Lavery, whose adaptations include Chichester’s hit family shows The Hundred and One Dalmatians (2014) and A Christmas Carol (2015), with music and lyrics by renowned musician and composer Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, 2017).

Director Dale Rooks’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild (Festival 2015) won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People; she later co-directed the play for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and a UK tour.

Age Guidance 7+

The Watsons

Start date: November 3, 2018

End date: December 1, 2018

Time: 7:45pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 3 November – 1 December
Time: 23/11/18 (Captioned) 7:45pm
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £20
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What happens when the writer loses the plot?

Emma Watson is nineteen and new in town. She’s been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife.

Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who’s as awkward as he is rich.

So far so familiar. But there’s a problem: Jane Austen didn’t finish the story. Who will write Emma’s happy ending now?

Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?

Laura Wade’s hit play Posh transferred to the West End from the Royal Court, and then onto the big screen as The Riot Club. Recent work includes the adaptation of Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith and Edinburgh); her play Home I’m Darling premieres at Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre in 2018.

Samuel West returns to Chichester, where he has appeared in Young Chekhov and ENRON, and directed Three Women and A Piano Tuner (2004). He was Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres 2005-07, where he revived The Romans in Britain.

Sleeping Beauty – Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

Start date: December 15, 2018

End date: December 30, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Chichester Festival Theatre

Date: 15 – 30 December
Time: 20/12/18 (Signed) 7pm
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Price: From £10
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A princess under a fairy’s curse pricks her finger on a spindle and sleeps for a hundred years, waiting to be woken by a prince’s kiss.

But hold on a moment. There’s a distinctly different slant to this story. The princess is beautiful and spirited but there are two princes and a lot of threatening thorns. As for the fairy who caused all the trouble in the first place – well, putting things right isn’t as simple as casting another spell.

Rufus Norris’s splendidly entertaining and mischievous version of the original fairy tale ventures beyond the usual ‘happy ever after’ ending with the prince and princess united. The course of true love never did run smooth – especially if your mother-in-law is an ogress with an unfortunate taste for human flesh…

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre are renowned for their wonderfully imaginative productions. They follow their five-star versions of Grimm Tales and Beauty and the Beast with a Sleeping Beauty that will keep you wide awake!

Rufus Norris’s version of Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Young Vic (2002). He is Director of the National Theatre.

Director Lucy Betts was formerly Head of Performance at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, where her many productions included The Wizard of Oz, Oliver! and James and the Giant Peach.

Age Guidance 7+

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