Anthony Andrews has been confirmed to play Prime Minister Anthony Eden in the world premiere of Hugh Whitemore’s A Marvellous Year for Plums at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Andrews is best known for his role as Lord Sebastian Flyte in ITV’s drama series Brideshead Revisited, for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, as well as an Emmy Award Nomination. His other screen credits include The King’s Speech, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Danger UXB. Theatre credits include West End productions of Ghosts, The Letter, My Fair Lady, The Woman in White and Bully Boy, a new play by Sandi Toksvig.
A Marvellous Year for Plums will mark Andrews’ debut in a Chichester Festival production. However, he worked at Chichester as an assistant stage manager and a stand-in producer in the early years of his career. Directed by Philip Franks, A Marvellous Year for Plums is a sophisticated political thriller examining a flashpoint in British history that still resonates today - the Suez Crisis in 1956.
As his health collapses, Prime Minister Anthony Eden faces the prospect of leading his country into war. Meanwhile his friends, colleagues and opponents deal with political and emotional crises of their own.
A Marvellous Year for Plums runs from 11 May – 2 June at Chichester Festival Theatre, 7.30pm (except Press Night, Thursday 17 May at 7pm), Matinees 2.15pm.
University of Chichester Previews: £10 & £27
Previews/Press Night: £14 - £33
Evenings/Matinees: £15 - £36
To book, visit cft.org.uk or contact the Box Office on 01243 781312.
A Marvellous Year for Plums is sponsored by Reynolds Fine Furniture.
Chichester Festival Theatre celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2012. Events which will mark the extraordinary history and optimistic future of the Festival Theatre will include arts exhibitions, a commemorative book by local author Kate Mosse, free local public events, and the creation of a temporary structure Theatre on the Fly which will house new work from
Chichester Festival Theatre’s team of graduate directors during Festival 2012.
Simultaneously, Chichester Festival Theatre productions of Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, South Downs and The Browning Version and Bingo are playing in London’s West End, allowing the Theatre’s work to be seen by thousands of people beyond Sussex.
The year also marks the start of an ambitious campaign, RENEW, to raise the £22 million required to upgrade the Festival Theatre. Planning permission for the major redevelopment of the Grade II * listed building has been granted and local authorities, businesses and the community are supporting the plans which will safeguard the Theatre, and maintain its
positive regional economic impact, for many decades to come.
Published 12th March 2012
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