The Children’s Touring Partnership is a producing partnership led by independent producer Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre and a consortium of major regional theatres. The Partnership seeks to tour imaginative and bold theatre of the highest quality, with a particular emphasis on producing work nationwide for children aged eight years and above. The Partnership links theatre to education through a variety of events, workshops and talks.
In 2011, the Partnership was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to tour a new stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s classic novel, Goodnight Mister Tom. The production toured for 14 weeks and was a success with both critics and audiences. Later in 2011, the Children’s Touring Partnership teamed up with the National Theatre to present Bristol Old Vic’s musical adaptation of Swallows and Amazons by Helen Edmundson and Neil Hannon. Swallows and Amazons opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and played a limited Christmas season prior to a 17-week UK-wide tour.
Most recently the Partnership has toured the premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne in 2015.
In 2017 CTP will tour Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, beginning at Chichester Festival Theatre on 10 February 2017.
Headed by Edward Snape, Fiery Angel is a theatrical production company that produces and presents drama, musicals and event theatre in the West End, on tour throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.
The 39 Steps is currently in its sixth year at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End and last year completed a three year run in New York. The 39 Steps won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2007, two Tony Awards for the Broadway production in 2008 and a Molière in Paris, 2010. The play has been presented in over 40 territories worldwide to date.
Alongside the continued success of The 39 Steps, Fiery Angel recently produced the stage adaptation of The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre which was nominated for five Oliver Awards including Best New Play and launches on an extensive UK Tour in September 2012.
Previous Drama includes: Frederick Knott’s Dial M For Murder (UK tour); the transfer of the RSC’s Tynan (West End); David Mamet’s Oleanna (West End); and Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning comedy The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (UK Tour). Previous Musical Theatre includes: Me & My Girl (UK tour and Sheffield Crucible); several sell-out seasons with cabaret sensations Fascinating Aida (London and New York); and an Andalusian Flamenco version of Carmen from Seville (Sadler’s Wells).
Fiery Angel has a particular interest in developing and producing theatre for younger audiences. Recent productions include Lazytown Live, Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Peppa Pig’s Party which toured throughout the UK in 2010/11 including a sell-out Christmas 2010 run in the West End. Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt opened in autumn 2011, continues to tour throughout 2012 and this Christmas it will return to the West End for a second season. Their latest children’s theatre production from the creative team of Peppa Pig is Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live which begins its premiere touring the UK from autumn 2012.
Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres. The emphasis of its programme is on the annual Festival, running from April to October.
The Festival Theatre opened in 1962 under the leadership of its first Artistic Director, Laurence Olivier, and is currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Jonathan Church was appointed Artistic Director in November 2005 alongside Alan Finch as Executive Director.
Highlights of the six Festivals since then include David Edgar’s ground-breaking adaptation The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Rupert Goold critically acclaimed productions at Chichester include Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart, Six Characters in Search of an Author, and the world premiere of Lucy Prebble’s ENRON.
Chichester’s reputation for producing musicals has built over the last six years with productions in the Festival Theatre including The Music Man, 42nd Street Singin’ in the Rain and this year’s Kiss Me Kate as well as Funny Girl, Love Story and She Loves Me in the Minerva.
Howard Davies, John Doyle, Richard Eyre, Sean Mathias and Trevor Nunn have all made their Chichester directorial debuts in recent years while other highlights include Joseph Fiennes in Cyrano de Bergerac, Rupert Everett in Pygmalion, Ian McKellen in The Syndicate and Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in Sweeney Todd.
Here are links to some of the theatres we have toured to.
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
Cardiff New Theatre
Darlington Civic Theatre
Dartford Orchard Theatre
High Wycombe Swan Theatre
Kingston Rose Theatre
Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse
Malvern Festival Theatre
Norwich Theatre Royal
Nottingham Theatre Royal
Plymouth Theatre Royal
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre