Chichester Festival mixes musicals and plays

Chichester’s Festival 2017 features classic and contemporary plays, musicals and several major revivals.

The season at Chichester Festival Theatre is the first under artistic director Daniel Evans and executive director Rachel Tackley, and includes Alan Bennett’s first play Forty Years On (April 21-May 20), starring Richard Wilson (pictured); Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, with Ian McKellen in the title role (September 22-October 28); and Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy The Norman Conquests (September 18-October 28).

The first musical is Caroline, Or Change (May 6-June 3) – a portrait of 1960s America which mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs.

A new staging of the Broadway classic musical Fiddler on the Roof (July 10-August 26) will star Omid Djalili as Tevye.

There will also be new plays from Deborah Bruce, James Graham, and Edna O’Brien who has created a new play from her landmark novel The Country Girls.