Further casting is announced today for Festival 2018 at Chichester Festival Theatre. Clive Rowe joins Matt Lucas, Caroline Quentin and Alex Young to lead the cast of the musical ME AND MY GIRL, which Daniel Evans directs at the Festival Theatre from 2 July – 25 August. Clive will play Sir John Tremayne, returning to Chichester following his appearance in Kiss Me Kate in 2012 which later transferred to The Old Vic.
Joining Susannah Fielding in Jonathan Munby’s production of William Wycherley’s Restoration comedy THE COUNTRY WIFE at the Minerva Theatre (8 June – 7 July) will be Lex Shrapnel as Horner, alongside Michael Elwyn, Jo Herbert (as Alithea), John Hodgkinson (Pinchwife), Tom Kanji, Scott Karim, Belinda Lang (Lady Fidget), Harry Lawtey, Natasha Magigi, Jack North, Charlotte Mills, Robin Weaver and Ashley Zhangazha (Harcourt).
Gerald Kyd, Lydia Leonard and Jean St Clair will lead the company of Charlotte Jones’s new play THE MEETING, running at the Minerva Theatre from 13 July – 11 August, directed by Natalie Abrahami. The company is completed by Leona Allen, Laurie Davidson, Jim Findley and Maggie Service.
Clive Rowe’s extensive theatre work includes Carousel, Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award), Candide, Caroline, Or Change and The Light Princess (National Theatre), Blues in the Night (Hackney Empire) and Chicago (West End).
Lex Shrapnel played Romeo at Chichester in 2002; he was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer Award for his Hotspur in Henry IV for the RSC, and his screen credits include Minder and the forthcoming film Extinction.
Gerald Kyd’s many National Theatre credits include Three Winters, Children of the Sun and The Cherry Orchard, and the title role inThe Rover and Trigorin in The Seagull for the RSC. Television includes Casualty and Humans.
Lydia Leonard was most recently seen in Oslo at the National Theatre and the West End. She was Tony Award-nominated for her role as Anne Boleyn in the RSC’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies; her screen credits include Virginia Woolf in Life in Squares.
Jean St Clair recently won Best Actress for the second time at Clin d’Oeil, the major French Deaf Film festival, for Signs of an Affairwhich she also wrote. Her theatre credits include Let Me Play The Lion Too (Told by an Idiot/Barbican), The Government Inspector(Birmingham Rep/Ramps on the Moon) and Children of a Lesser God (West End/national tour).