31st Oct 2020 - 7th Nov 2020

Livestream: Saturday 31 October - Saturday 7 November



Erin Doherty     Alfred Enoch     Wendy Kweh     Jonathan Slinger


By Sarah Kane


31 October – 7 November

Captioned live stream 7 November, 5pm

Here I am, once again, here I am, here I am, in the darkness, once again

In a damaged world, four characters search for the light.

Angry, funny, defiant, kind and cruel, Crave is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of love. Pulsing with loss and longing, its resonance will be doubly powerful as we begin to reconnect our lives after the loneliness and seclusion inflicted by a global pandemic.

Crave will be staged to a live, socially distanced audience at Chichester Festival Theatre and simultaneously live-streamed to global digital audiences.

This unique production will feature a sensory sound and videoscape created by director Tinuke Craig, designer Alex Lowde, lighting designer Joshua Pharo, film designer Ravi Deepres and composer Anna Clock.

Performances of Crave – both in person at Chichester Festival Theatre and live streamed – will continue up to and including Wed 4 November. From Thu 5 to Sat 7 November, the play will be staged behind closed doors at the Theatre and streamed live to audiences at home.  

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Production photos

Crave rehearsal trailer

Creative Team

Sarah Kane is considered to be one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century. She came to prominence in 1995 with her seminal first play, Blasted. Over her short career she wrote five plays and a film. Crave premiered in August 1998 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Today, her plays are performed around the world.

Tinuke Craig’s production of random/generations was a highlight of Festival 2018; since then, her work includes The Color Purple (Curve Leicester).

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Erin Doherty makes her Chichester debut. Currently playing Princess Anne in series 3 & 4 of The Crown, she has played leading theatre roles, including at The Old Vic, Young Vic, Royal Court, and Manchester Royal Exchange. Born and brought up in West Sussex, she was named an Evening Standard Rising Star and a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2018, and featured in The Elle List 2020.

Alfred Enoch also appears at Chichester for the first time. Having played Dean Thomas in seven Harry Potter films, his theatre credits include Red (West End & NT Live), Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Tree (Young Vic) and Timon of Athens (National Theatre). Television includes Sherlock and How To Get Away With Murder.

Wendy Kweh’s extensive theatre credits include The Welkin and Top Girls at the National Theatre, Julius Caesar at The Bridge, Snow in Midsummer for the RSC and Chimerica in the West End; this is her Chichester debut. Her television appearances include several series of Holby City and The Bill.

Jonathan Slinger returns to Chichester where he last appeared in Yes, Prime Minister (2010). His many roles for the RSC include Hamlet, Prospero, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III, while recent West End appearances include City of Angels, Fanny and Alexander, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Urinetown. His recent TV includes The Salisbury Poisonings and I May Destroy You.

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As a Welsh theatre maker, it saddens me that the current Covid-lockdown in Wales is preventing theatre companies from being able to create their own shows. Determined not to let these difficult times get the better of us, we hope this partnership between National Theatre Wales and Chichester Festival Theatre is at least one way of helping them to link Welsh audiences with live performance, until the longed-for day when home-produced work can flourish again.” – Daniel Evans, Artistic Director, Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre are delighted to partner with National Theatre Wales to simultaneously live stream this production (from 31 October – 7 November) so that audiences around the world can attend virtually and experience live theatre from the comfort of their own home. 

Live streaming tickets are priced £10, £15 or £20. Everyone will get the same view regardless of which ticket they buy, however we’re asking you to consider paying what you normally would for a night at the theatre. This will help support Chichester Festival Theatre and National Theatre Wales, as we continue to produce creatively ambitious, world-class theatre and connect with our communitiesIt’s possible for a group to watch together on just one purchased ticket but, if you feel able, please consider buying multiple live stream tickets if more than one person is watching. 

Please note, once live stream tickets are purchased you will be sent confirmation of your booking; we will then be in touch in advance of the event with full details on how to join the performance online.

Ages 16+ – Contains strong language

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Rehearsal photos

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