Enjoy three terrific theatre productions at the Museum this season

David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang, The Railway Children and The Hawkhurst Gang! Enjoy wonderful evening theatre performances at the Museum – there’s something for everyone!


A David Walliams Bestseller.

The Midnight Gang book jacket

Drum roll, please… Heartbreak invites you to join us for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child.

Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight Gang. When everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.

Wednesday 18 July 2018. Gates open 6pm. Performance begins 7pm. Recommended age: 7+. Running time: 2 hours including a 20-minute interval.

Tickets are £14 for adults, £10 for children (aged 5-17 years), or £39 for 2 adults and 2 children. Pre-booking is essential. This performance is held outdoors.



 The Railway Children

A Children’s Classic by Edith Nesbit.

The Railway Children theatre performance Heartbreak ProductionsAttention passengers! We are sorry to announce that all services out of Gigglesworth Station are delayed! Gather around Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis on platform one as they pass the time by sharing the classic tale of The Railway Children. Living by the railway line, they spend quite a bit of time watching the trains and making some unexpected friendships. There is the old gentleman who regularly takes the 9.15 train and helps them solve the mystery of what happened to their father, and the Russian immigrant who teaches them that compassion and understanding cross all boundaries.

Tuesday 14 August 2018. Gates open 6pm. Performance begins 7pm. Recommended age: 7+. Running time: 2 hours including a 20-minute interval. This performance is held outdoors. Tickets are £14 for adults, £10 for children (aged 5-17 years), or £39 for 2 adults and 2 children. Pre-booking is essential. This performance is held outdoors.




The Hawkhurst Gang

By Greg Mosse.

Hawkhurst GangeWritten by Greg Mosse and directed by Roger Redfarn, Chichester Community Theatre presents ‘The Hawkhurst Gang’. Set in and around Chichester in the late 1740s, the play tells the story of kidnap, torture and murder in the age of smuggling.

Saturday 6th October 2018 at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday 7th October 3pm

Recommended age: 12 years or over (parental guidance recommended due to references to off-stage violence). Gates open 2.30pm for matinee performances and 6.30pm for evening performances. This performance will take place in the Gridshell building.

Please note that, due to the nature of this event – and for the comfort of the audience – no dogs (except assistance dogs) are permitted at this performance.




You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy your own refreshments. The Museum’s waterside café will also be open before the performance and during the interval for you to buy drinks and snacks.


Please bring your own low-backed seating or rugs. The performance isn’t under cover so it is advisable to come prepared for all types of weather. The team will perform in all but the very worst of weathers. Performances will not be cancelled due to rain nor refunds given. However, should torrential rain or thunder and lightning strike, the performance will be halted for health and safety reasons. This judgement is down to the Event Co-ordinator on the day.

If you have a question or would prefer to book by phone, please call the Museum team on 01243 811363.

We hope that you can join us for one (or more!) of these wonderful productions.

Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The Midnight Gang © David Walliams 2016/Illustrations © Tony Ross 2016 / Cover lettering © Quentin Blake 2010