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

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

Philip Pullman's GRIMM TALES For Young and Old
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre return to the magnificent landscape of Cass Sculpture Foundation with Philip Pullman's retelling of the original stories by the Brothers Grimm, in an adaptation by Philip Wilson. Suitable for 8+.Once upon a time, in a land far away... In a fantastical fairy tale world, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel follow their destinies alongside othe
Event date(s):
04th August 2017 19:15 - 19th August 2017 19:15
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Stepmother
1924. A comfortable house in Surrey. When the orphaned Lois Relph accepts a marriage proposal from an older man, Eustace Gaydon, she believes she’s been rescued from an uncertain future. Establishing a successful business as a dress designer, Lois leaves her fortune in her husband’s hands.But when one of her devoted step-daughters needs her help, Lois is forced to address what drew Eus
Event date(s):
11th August 2017 19:45 - 09th September 2017 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Norman Conquests
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, runs from 18 September – 28 October at Chichester Festival Theatre. This classic trio of interconnecting plays, seen from hilariously differing perspectives, is performed by one ensemble of actors. Each play can be enjoyed as a single performance or seen as one event in any sequence, either over different days or on trilogy day
Event date(s):
18th September 2017 19:30 - 28th October 2017 19:30