Review: Charlotte Jones’ new Sussex play sizzles with sexual energy

The Meeting, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

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Caroline Quentin stars in Me and My Girl at Chichester Festival Theatre. Picture by Johan Persson

Matt Lucas stand-in produces ‘frenzied standing ovation’ at Chichester

When the first person to appear on stage is director Daniel Evans with a microphone in hand and not a hint of a tap dance in his step, you know that there is trouble ahead.

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Hold the front page for an opulent hotel that shaped history

If the 21st century has become dominated by the global tech giants, it’s easy to forget that 100 years ago it was the national newspaper barons that called all the shots.

Eating Out

New Giggling Squid restaurant in Chichester - a chic dining experience

The arrival of a new restaurant in town wasn’t in itself enough to tempt me to visit.

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Knepp Castle

Shipley Arts Festival premiere celebrates the endangered turtle dove

When ‘my truelove gave to me’ two turtle doves in the song the Twelve Days of Christmas she may not have appreciated just how rare the gift was.

Susannah Fielding as The Country Wife - Photo by Manuel Harlan

Review: The Country Wife, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

The hallmarks of Restoration comedy are everything taken to excess - from the wit and licentiousness of the plots to the gloriously resplendent costumes and the powder puff wigs.

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Review: Glorious refurbishment allows hotel’s history to shine

Running an hotel that is as expansive in size as it is in history is not without its challenges.

Eating Out
The Chalk Garden at CFT Photo Catherine Ashmore

Review: The Chalk Garden, by Enid Bagnold, at Chichester Festival Theatre

When The Chalk Garden premiered on Broadway in 1955, the Sussex soil that gave title to Bagnold’s vignette of rural life was as unyielding as it was barren.

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Ockenden Manor

Sussex woos American tourists with stunning food and sparkling wine

The scene could not have been more quintessentially English.

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The Winslow Boy

Review: The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan - Chichester Festival Theatre

There is nothing more certain to prick a tear from a Chichester audience than a fight for justice.

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Review: The Little Matchgirl and other Happier Tales - Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Review: The Little Matchgirl and other Happier Tales - Minerva Theatre, Chichester

As the show ends, Ole Shuteye invites the audience to leave a contribution for local homeless charity Stonepillow.

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Review: The Weir - English Touring Theatre - at Minerva Theatre, Chichester

If you needed reminding why so many of the traditional ‘spit and sawdust’ pubs have closed, The Weir kindly obliges.

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The Play That Goes Wrong - Chichester Festival Theatre

Anyone who has ever watched an Am Dram performance will know that the most memorable episodes are normally those that do not go quite according to plan or script.

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Moscow City Ballet

Review: Swan Lake at Chichester Festival Theatre

Of all Tchaikovsky’s ballets Swan Lake shimmers most brightly in the hearts of audiences.

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Review: Minor alterations to festive favourites prove a winter winner

There is nothing quite like a Christmas carol to set the tone for the festive period.

James Blunt

REVIEW: James Blunt lights a spark in Brighton’s heart

Brighton audiences were given a concert fit for a - future - king when James Blunt’s tour landed in the city on Friday (November 24).

Belinda Lang as Stephanie Abrahams in Duet for One. Photo: Robert Day

Review: Duet for One by Tom Kempinski, Chichester Festival Theatre

It would be easy to think this was a portrayal of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pre who had multiple sclerosis.

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Million Dollar Quartet Martin Kemp and company SUS-170311-095021001

Review: Million Dollar Quartet at Chichester Festival Theatre

Don’t buy tickets if you are looking for a production rich in plot and subtle characterization.

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Park North, Horsham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

EXCLUSIVE: Horsham District Council set to sell headquarters and move in with county council

In a pioneering cost saving bid, Horsham District Council is poised to sell its prime headquarters in the town’s North Street - and move in with the county council across the road.

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