Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people. The Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses; a studio theatre, the Minerva Theatre, sits nearby.

With its light and spacious foyers and welcoming cafe, bars and restaurants, all with lovely views over Oaklands Park, Chichester is one of the country's most loved and lively theatres.

The annual summer Festival season runs from April to October, during which productions originated at Chichester reach an audience of over 200,000 and frequently transfer to the West End. Year-round programming continues through the winter with the Theatre presenting high-class touring productions, as well as a traditional Christmas show mounted by the renowned Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

Rooted firmly in its community, the Theatre runs a Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) programme that is a beacon of excellence and inspiration to its local audience, as well as being home to one of the country’s largest youth theatres with over 750 members.

Festival 2017, which introduces a new era under the leadership of Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Rachel Tackley, offes a wealth of classic and contemporary plays and musicals. To discover what’s on, visit

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Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Sweet Bird of Youth
Two of America's leading stage and screen actors come to Chichester this summer for Tennessee Williams’ SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, directed by Jonathan Kent. Celebrated Oscar and Tony Award-winning actor Marcia Gay Harden makes her UK theatre debut as Alexandra, and Brian J. Smith plays Chance. The production runs at Chichester Festival Theatre from 2 &n
Event date(s):
02nd June 2017 19:30 - 24th June 2017 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Country Girls
Edna O’Brien’s novel The Country Girls was controversially banned in Ireland on publication in 1960. From her much-loved book, she has created a new free-flowing play which is a frank, lyrical and wrenching exploration of young women, the loss of innocence and the tenacity of love and hope. It plays at Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva Theatre from 9 June - 8 July, di
Event date(s):
09th June 2017 19:45 - 08th July 2017 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Fiddler on the Roof
Daniel Evans directs a brand new staging of the classic Broadway musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July – 26 August. The cast is led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman.1905. A small village in Imperial Russia. Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his wife, Golde, are blessed with five witty and beautiful daughters. The matchmaker Yente, who believes any h
Event date(s):
10th July 2017 19:30 - 26th August 2017 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The House They Grew Up In
A new play by Deborah Bruce, THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN will be directed by Jeremy Herrin, running from 14 July – 5 August at Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva Theatre, in a co-production with Headlong.The present day. A residential street in South East London. The house where reclusive siblings Peppy and Daniel were born is now stuffed full of everything they have
Event date(s):
14th July 2017 19:45 - 05th August 2017 19:45