Caroline Quentin and Penelope Keith expel in Chichester 2018 …

Rufus Hound, Penelope Keith and Caroline Quentin are to star in Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2018 season, that will underline a 50/50 gender-split of actors.

Four of a season’s directors (36%) are also women, important since of investigate carried out by Stage Directors UK final year which highlighted that 80% of directors were male in a 12 months to a summer of 2017.

The 2018 programme includes a summer run of low-pitched Me and My Girl, destined by Evans and starring Caroline Quentin, and an instrumentation of Jane Austen’s unprepared novel The Watsons by Laura Wade. This will be destined by Samuel West, opening in Nov in a Minerva. It is one of 3 new plays in a season.

The deteriorate is a second to be announced by artistic executive Evans, and also includes a reconstruction of Flowers for Mrs Harris, a low-pitched he initial oversaw while operative for Sheffield Theatres. Running from September, it will reunite Evans with a star, Clare Burt. Joanna Riding will also join a cast.

The programme includes revivals of productions including Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, Wycherley’s The Country Wife and Mike Bartlett’s Cock.

Evans described a deteriorate as being “all about extent of choice” and added: “This deteriorate we will grasp a 50:50 gender change in a behaving company.”

Hound will lead Present Laughter, that will be destined by Sean Foley and opens a deteriorate on Apr 20, in a Festival Theatre.

The deteriorate also includes a reconstruction of Debbie Tucker Green’s Random/Generations, destined by Tinuke Craig, while Alan Strachan leads Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden, starring Keith alongside Amanda Root and Oliver Ford Davies in a Festival Theatre.

The Minerva will horde Jonathan Munby’s The Country Wife in June, and Charlotte Jones’ new play The Meeting will be destined by Abrahami, opening during a Minerva in July.

This will be followed by a 20th-anniversary prolongation of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, destined by Michael Blakemore and starring Charles Edwards.

Bartlett’s play Cock, opening in September, will be destined in a Minerva by Kate Hewitt, while Bryony Lavery is bettering David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang, with song by Joe Stilgoe and destined by Dale Rooks for a Festival Theatre.

Chichester 2018 deteriorate in full:

Festival Theatre

Present Laughter by Noel Coward
Directed by Sean Foley
Starring Rufus Hound
Running from 20 Apr to May 12, with press night on Apr 26

The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold
Directed by Alan Strachan
Starring Penelope Keith and Oliver Ford Davies
Running from May 25 t0 Jun 16 with press night on May 31

Me and My Girl by L Arthur Rose, Douglas Furber, Stephen Fry, Mike Ockrent and Noel Gay
Directed by Daniel Evans
Starring Caroline Quentin
Running from Jul 2 to Aug 25, with press night on Jul 9

Flowers for Mrs Harris by Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor
Directed by Daniel Evans
Starring Clare Burt, Joanna Riding and Gary Wilmot
Running from Sep 8 to 29 with press night on Sep 14

The Midnight Gang by Bryony Lavery, blending from David Walliams’ book
Directed by Dale Rooks
Running from Oct 13 to Nov 3, with press night on Oct 22

Minerva Theatre

Random/Generations by Debbie Tucker Green
Directed by Tinuke Craig
Running from May 4 to Jun 2, with press night on May 10

The Country Wife by William Wycherley
Directed by Jonathan Munby
Running from Jun 8 to Jul 7, with press night on Jun 13

The Meeting by Charlotte Jones
Directed by Natalie Abrahami
Running from Jul 13 to Aug 11, with press night on Jul 19

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Directed by Michael Blakemore
Running from Aug 17 to Sep 22, with press night on Aug 22

Cock by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Kate Hewitt
Running from Sep 28 to Oct 27 with press night on Oct 4

The Watsons by Laura Wade
Directed by Samuel West
Running from Nov 3 to Dec 1, with press night on Nov 8

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