There’s something old and something new when it comes to the musicals lined up for Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2019 and just look at the casting. There’s the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma! starring Josie Lawrence as Aunt Eller alongside Hyoie O’Grady and Amara Okereke (Les Misérables) as Curly and Laurey. Plus Tim Firth’s first original solo musical This Is My Family features the talents of James Nesbitt, Sheila Hancock and Clare Burt. Bring on the summer…
Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2019 has been announced by artistic director Daniel Evans who will also direct Tim Firth’s new musical This is My Family with James Nesbitt, Sheila Hancock and Clare Burt (running from 20 April to 15 June 2019 at the Minerva Theatre). They are joined by Kirsty MacLaren, Rachel Lumberg and Scott Folan.
Imagine you’re a spirited 13-year-old and you’ve won – actually won – a magazine competition to describe your family. The prize is a dream holiday for the lot of you, anywhere in the world. Except... Nicky’s family isn’t the blissfully happy bunch she’s described. More like the contestants in a gladiatorial arena, in fact. Where on earth can she take them that might make her wishful thinking a reality?
Winner of the 2013 UK Theatre Award, This is My Family is the first original solo musical from Firth (Calendar Girls).
Jeremy Sams’ production of Oklahoma! (15 July to 7 September 2019 at the Festival Theatre) features Josie Lawrence as Aunt Eller. Hyoie O’Grady, who recently played Enroljas in Les Misérables in the West End, plays Curly opposite Amara Okereke, winner of the 2018 Stage Debut Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Cosette in Les Misérables, as Laurey. Choreography is by Matt Cole.