There will be some enchanted evenings at Chichester Festival Theatre this summer , and not least because of a massive grant of nearly £ 1 million from the Government. The funding comes just days after Chichester announced a live musical to re-open its doors and a second chance to see a streamed performance of a hit production from last autumn. There’ll also be open air concerts in Oaklands Park to look forward to.
Live , socially distanced , performances will begin again on 5 July with a 2-month run of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, which was slated for last summer until lockdown shut all theatres. South Pacific, directed by Chichester artistic director Daniel Evans, will star Gina Beck and Downton’s Julian Ovenden, with Rob Houchen, Joanna Ampil and Keir Charles .
Even when restrictions on seating are lifted Chichester will continue to offer one socially distanced performance a week for those audience members who would prefer it. Initially the Festival Theatre’ s capacity will be reduced from 1300 to 900.