Chichester Festival TheatreYour Memories (continued)

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Memory: Henry Goodman (Actor)

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1. A riveting performance with the most spine-tingling ending of any play.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, 2012

From: Anne Barry

2. Henry Goodman was incredible, he was Arturo Ui in every aspect of his being but particularly his physical portrayal. A truly outstanding performance which made you laugh and feel shocked in equal measure.

From: Jill Martin

Memory: Goodnight Mister Tom (2013)


My very favourite production I have ever seen at Chi. It was so very well produced and every aspect was so moving – brilliant. And it was said that John Thor was the only man to play Mr Tom!

From: Maggie Smith

Other comments: The Festival Theatre is my very favourite theatre.

Memory: Follow The Star (1974)


  1. I came to the CFT production of Follow the Star when I was a child and I still remember the mad antics of the angels sliding down slides from heaven. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before, not your standard pantomime and has given me a strong bond with CFT ever since. Thankfully I have moved back near enough to be able to come regularly. Worth a rerun? Would love to bring my children to see it.

From: Hannah Emerton

2. Memory not too good now but I remember coming to the theatre in the 70s when we were living in Southsea, to see the Christmas panto “Follow the Star”. All very innovative with apron stage and the cast running round the auditorium. Great fun!

From: Anon

Memory: Enron (2009)

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1. My most memorable show would be Enron. I planned to come, I booked tickets and they sent me a letter saying, “we’ve changed the script and it’s got ruder.” And I thought “well, I’ll go.” And I was blown away by it, it was fantastic. So I’d gone in, not thinking I was gonna- cos I don’t like expletives. But it was such a good play, it was fabulous.

From: Julie C

2. Fantastic cast and well produced play and my daughter played the daughter in it!

From: Andrew Whitwell

3. I was persuaded to go to the opening night of Enron in the Minerva Theatre by a friend. The idea of a musical about the collapse of a US energy company did not fill me with anticipation, but I am so grateful for my friend’s insistence. From the opening scene, I sat open-mouthed in wonder. It was clever, funny, inventive, irreverent and down-right dirty, and I went on to see it again several times, both in the West End and then on its return to Chichester. It has stayed vividly in my memory ever since.

From: Sarah Mayhead

4. Fantastic production with a brilliant cast.

From: Paula Solieri