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Theatre | Plenty

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
Tel: 01243 781312
Website: www.cft.org.uk
Fri, June 7- Sat, June 29

 

Now accepted as one of modern theatre’s classics, David Hare’s Plenty, written in 1978, is the second of this season’s productions on the main stage at Chichester Festival Theatre.

 

Rachael Stirling stars as Susan Traherne, a former secret agent. Her heroic work with the Special Operations Executive in Nazi-occupied France brought her extremes of danger, as well as adventures and romance.

 

Twenty years on, she is living a very different existence in London, as the wealthy wife of a diplomat. Her strained marriage and altered circumstances have threatened her identity and trapped her in a destructive nostalgia for her wartime idealism. In a post-war land of plenty, Susan battles for her own body and mind, as Britain loses its role in the world. Using a non-linear structure, the drama dips backwards and forwards in time to explore how the past and present coexist.

 

Rory Keenan, whose recent stage work includes Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at Chichester in 2015, plays opposite Stirling as Raymond Brock.

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