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Memory: The Unknown Solider and His Wife (1968)


A comedy which nevertheless points up the futility of war by showing Mr Everyman being sent off to war through the ages, and the effects on his wife.

From: Anne Barry

Memory: The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964)


It was just such a spectacular production. My mother brought us down from London to see the play.

From: Rosemary Hodge

Memory: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2012)

arutro uiThe amazing atmosphere of menace, the growing dread, the brilliant, mesmerising acting of Henry Goodman, starting as a figure and becoming horrific and compelling, as well as the rest of the cast and the production contributed to an amazing and chilling play that stayed in the memory.

From: Anon

Memory: The Magistrate (1969)

1969 the magistrate

John Clement’s superlative production of Pinero’s farce was the showcase for Alastair Sim’s greatest onstage performance ever, as Aeneas Posket. His tour de force included an unscripted sequence where he spent several minutes simply washing his face – getting soap in his eyes, losing his towel, etc – in itself a class act in comedy. Add to this Patricia Routledge’s performance as Agatha Posket, her star then in the ascendancy, in the first of her many Chichester appearances. The Chichester run was followed by a highly successful run at the Cambridge Theatre in London. Surely one of Chichester’s greatest.

From: Laurie Slade