It’s the simplest of structures for a play. A small group of people take turns telling each other stories. Nothing ground-breaking in the premise. Add a setting – a village pub in rural Ireland, a cast of 5, four local men and a woman new to the locale and give the stories a whiff of the supernatural – a hint of possibilities that could all have a logical explanation but nonetheless make the hairs stand up on your neck. Mix it all together and you have a truly excellent play on your hands. Continue reading
Ian McKellen as Lear with Phil Daniels as the Fool and Sinead Cusack as Kent.
Way back in the early days of Sitting In The Cheap Seats we had our first opportunity to review a Shakespeare play. In Chichester Festival Theatre’s cosy Minerva space we saw Frank Langella lead a great cast and firmly add to our love of the Bard! Fast forward a few years and we’re back at the Minerva, once again awaiting an award winning actor to take on arguably the finest of roles! Continue reading
While we can lay claim to a lot of things here at Sitting In The Cheap Seats we’ve not, as yet, mastered the act of being in two places at once. As such it was a case of divide and conquer on Friday night as Matt headed to London to see The Fix (review here) while Emma van Kooperenbraved the massed Pokemon trainers of Chichester to head to the Minerva Theatre, Here’s her report… Continue reading
Shaun Evans and Rosalie Craig with Director Jamie Glover
Nearly 50 years ago Laurence Olivier, along with his Literary Manager, the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, announced a double-bill for their forthcoming season at Chichester Festival Theatre. Mixing a powerful dramatic piece with a lighter option, a “short comedy, still to be chosen”, in point of fact a short comedy that hadn’t even been written at the time. Now they return to the same two short plays. Continue reading
Over the this week we’ve seen all manner of events remembering the D-Day landings and last night we were at the cosy Minerva Theatre in Chichester to check out a new play from David Haig that looks at one of the most important events of the 20th Century from a fresh angle. Continue reading
I’ve always felt that I’m lucky to have been born and raised in Portsmouth (and you won’t often hear people say that), not just because of the wealth of great theatre, both professional and ‘amateur’ in this city, but also because we’re so close not only to The Mayflower in Southampton but also to the wonderful Chichester Festival Theatre! Continue reading