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Chichester Festival Theatre

‘Two Cigarettes in the Dark’ starring Penelope Keith is one of the highlights of the closing season at the Festival Theatre from 17th to 26th of February. The play is a bitter-sweet comedy about facing the end.

Stephen Wyatt’s new play re-unites Dame Penelope Keith with director Alan Strachan. Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Isabel is not ready to let go just yet. In a series of encounters with an old friend and her two sons, by turns funny, startling and poignant, home truths are exchanged, and her past begins to emerge. As Isabel confronts her own hidden regrets and family secrets, we learn what hides below the surface of this proud mother, wife, and friend. Finally, Isabel is able to make peace with her life and say goodbye.

Two Cigarettes

The 60th anniversary season begins with The Taxidermist’s Daughter, adapted for the stage by Cicestrian Kate Mosse, based on her No 1 internationally best-selling novel. A story of retribution and justice, The Taxidermist’s Daughter is a thrilling Gothic mystery set in and around historic Chichester.

Following on from 22nd April to 14th May Our Generation, a new play by Alecky Blythe, comes to the Minerva Theatre. Created from five years of interviews with twelve young people from all four corners of the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their teenage years as they journey into adulthood.

Our Generation

And from 13th June to 25th June a new play by Stephen Beresford, The Southbury Child, is at the Festival Theatre. Darkly comic, the play is an exploration of family and community, the savage divisions of contemporary society and the rituals that punctuate our lives.

For a full view of the many varied performances at the theatre visit www.cft.org.uk.

pictured at top: The Taxidermist’s Daughter

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