Joshua McGuire & Rupert Everett to Lead Chichester's MOZART; Festival Updates Announced
Joshua McGuire - currently starring in the highly praised Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse - is confirmed to play Mozart in Amadeus, alongside Rupert Everett as his rival, Salieri. McGuire's credits also include Posh at the Royal Court and West End, the title role in Hamlet at Shakespeare's Globe and BBC 2's The Hour.
Also confirmed for the Amadeus cast is Jessie Buckley as Constanze Weber, whose credits include Michael Grandage's production of Henry V, The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe and A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory and John Standing as Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg, whose credits include West End productions of Shadowlands, A Delicate Balance and A Month in the Country. The cast also includes Simon Jones as Joseph II Emperor of Austria, Richard Clifford as Baron Gottfried van Swieten and Timothy Kightley as Count Johann Killian von Strack.
Amadeus will be the first production staged in the newly refurbished Festival Theatre, which reopens this summer following a £22 million redevelopment. The major improvements to the Grade II* listed building will include a transformed auditorium, increased seating capacity of 1,300, more spacious foyer areas with new cafés, bars and outdoor terraces, as well as improved and expanded artist facilities.
Distinguished director Paulette Randall will direct Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune. Randall directed the acclaimed 2013 production of Fences, was Associate Director of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Artistic Director of the Talawa Theatre Company, and Chair of the Board of the Clean Break Theatre Company.
Joining Rosalie Craig and Shaun Evans in Miss Julie / Black Comedy will be Jonathan Coy as Colonel Melkett, whose credits include the West End production of Much Ado About Nothing and Chichester's A Month in the Country, Mike Grady as Schuppanzigh, best known for TV's The Last of the Summer Wine and Citizen Smith, Paul Ready as Brindsley, whose credits include Wastwater at the Royal Court, London Assurance at the National Theatre and TV drama Utopia, and Marcia Warren as Miss Furnival, whose credits include the West End production of The Ladykillers, as well as TV's Edge of Heaven and Vicious.
Miss Julie / Black Comedy is at the Minerva Theatre, 4 July - 9 August.
Amadeus is at the Festival Theatre from 12 July - 2 August.
Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune is at the Minerva Theatre, 6 November - 6 December.
An Ideal Husband is at the Festival Theatre, 21 November - 13 December.
For ticket prices and further information go to cft.org.uk or call the Box Office on 01243 781312.
Photo by Mike Shelford