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‘Story’ time at Chichester

Stewart, Everett slated for U.K. theater company's season

The world premiere of a musical adaptation of Erich Segal’s “Love Story” and stints from thesps Patrick Stewart and Rupert Everett are among the highlights of the 2010 season at U.K. regional theater company Chichester Festival Theater.

Chichester’s profile among Stateside legiters has been boosted recently by the Broadway transfer of “Macbeth,” starring Stewart, and the upcoming Rialto incarnation of West End hit “Enron,” both helmed by Rupert Goold.

Based on Segal’s bestseller and the 1970 blockbuster film, “Love Story” has a score by Howard Goodall and book by Stephen Clark, with both writers penning lyrics. Helmed by Rachel Kavanaugh and designed by Peter McKintosh (“The 39 Steps”), the show runs May 29-June 26, with official opening June 7.

Stewart will portray Shakespeare in Edward Bond’s 1974 play “Bingo,” about the Bard’s final days. Running April 15-May 22 in the smaller Minerva Theater, Angus Jackson’s production has music by Stephen Warbeck, who won an Oscar for the “Shakespeare In Love” score.

Everett teams with U.K. director-designer Philip Prowse to play Henry Higgins in a revival of “Pygmalion” running July 9-Aug. 27. Casting of Eliza is yet to be announced.

Season also has the world preem of Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s “Yes, Prime Minister” (May 13-June 5), a spinoff of the 1980s BBC sitcom. Lynn directs a cast headed by Henry Goodman and David Haig.

Other preems include Howard Brenton’s adaptation of Robert Tressell’s 1914 novel “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists,” helmed by Christopher Morahan; and a Philip Franks-staged version of Ibsen’s “The Master Builder,” adapted by David Edgar. Revivals include Paul Kerryson helming the tuner “42nd Street”; Chichester a.d. Jonathan Church’s pairing of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic “The Critic” with Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound”; and Jonathan Kent’s staging of Brian Friel’s version of Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country.”

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