The 1997 Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Sandy Wilson's Divorce Me, Darling! opens July 15. The sequel to Wilson's The Boyfriend, Divorce Me, Darling! takes place ten years after the excitement and romance of the Carnival Ball in Nice that had ended so happily in several engagments. Bored with married life, Dulcie, Nancy and Fay are back on the Riviera in Nice looking for excitment. What they don't know is that their husbands have the same idea.
The all-star cast includes Ruthie Henshall (She Loves Me, Crazy For You, Oliver), Marti Webb (Tell Me On A Sunday, Evita), Liliane Montevecchi (Nine, Grand Hotel) and Linzi Hateley (Carrie, Les Miserables, Joseph...).
During a break from rehearsal, company stage manager Chris Fennell described the show as "a light, bright, jolly summer musical, very well suited to Chichester." Divorce Me, Darling! was first produced in 1964 in London. Songs from the show include "Here I Am (But Where's The Guy)," "Swing Time Is Here To Stay," what Fennell called "a great tap number," and the title song, "Divorce Me, Darling!"
Divorce Me, Darling! is directed by Paul Kerryson, resident director at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, who just directed the London production of Mack and Mabel. The production is designed by Hugh Durrant with choreography by David Needham. It runs through Sept. 27
The festival is in Oaklands Parks, north of Chichester in East Sussex. For tickets or more information call 01243 781312 (in North America dial 011 44 first and omit the first 0). -- By Laura MacDonald