Chichester Festival theatre

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Cancellations, costs and chaos: UK theatres grapple with rising Covid cases
Infections among workforce lead theatres to cancel performances, with loan repayments, soaring energy prices and the cost of living crisis adding to their woes

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

14, Jun, 2022 @3:42 PM

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The Unfriend review – manners can be the death of you in Steven Moffat’s comedy
Mark Gatiss directs Reece Shearsmith in Moffat’s cringe-tastic play that more than stands up next to the trio’s celebrated TV work

Ryan Gilbey

27, May, 2022 @10:26 AM

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‘None of it has felt insurmountable’: Amanda Abbington on Sherlock, separation and her fiancé’s nightmare fall
After her show-stealing turn in the Steven Moffat drama, the actor is returning to comedy with his play The Unfriend. She talks about why funny women intimidate men, her daredevil partner – and coping with the accident that befell him

Arifa Akbar

23, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Murder on the Orient Express review – a first-class ride all the way
Henry Goodman gives us every inch of Hercule Poirot’s dandiness and comedy in this exemplary adaptation of Christie’s ingenious murder mystery, but also gets every note of the character’s vast intelligence and pain

Mark Lawson

22, May, 2022 @11:26 AM

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The Taxidermist’s Daughter review – Kate Mosse’s gothic mystery stuffed with visual thrills
Mosse’s adaptation of her blood-soaked novel delivers on chills but could do with more substance amid the sound and fury

Mark Lawson

20, Apr, 2022 @1:21 PM

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‘Don’t tell actors how to act, Mum!’: Kate Mosse on how her debut play was a family affair
How did the novelist adapt her bestseller The Taxidermist’s Daughter for the stage? By stripping out the gore, ratcheting up the revenge – and asking her actor son for tips

Claire Armitstead

18, Apr, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Our Generation review – magnificent verbatim account of teenage life will steal your heart
Alecky Blythe’s masterful play – which features a brilliantly charismatic cast – follows real youngsters across five years of their lives

Emma John

02, Mar, 2022 @12:50 PM

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‘My nails are longer than my future’: Our Generation, the 254-scene play about teens, cuts and Covid
Sieges, riots, serial killings, sex work … Alecky Blythe has put them all on stage. She reveals all about her latest project – an epic look at the comic ups and touching downs of teenagers across Britain today

Claire Armitstead

08, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Doubt: A Parable review – Monica Dolan dazzles in a drama of surefire brilliance
An unruly nun’s quest for the truth about an accused priest leads her into a moral maze in this riveting study of truth and ideology

Arifa Akbar

28, Jan, 2022 @1:51 PM

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Where to start with Stephen Sondheim: 10 of the best from the maestro
Discover the musical theatre titan through the life-changing cast album of Company, Imelda Staunton’s phenomenal turn in Gypsy, starry birthday concerts and his essential book on lyric writing

Michael Billington

29, Nov, 2021 @9:00 PM

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David Suchet: Poirot and More, A Retrospective review – the man behind the moustache
The actor revisits his life and craft – not least playing Hercule Poirot – in neat but affecting touring show

Chris Wiegand

11, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Long Song review – a vivid, harrowing staging of Andrea Levy’s novel
Tara Tijani and Llewella Gideon are superb in this unblinking portrait of dignity amid moral horror, which follows a Jamaican woman looking back on her life

Mark Lawson

08, Oct, 2021 @2:12 PM

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