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

Forty Years On
Daniel Evans, Chichester Festival Theatre’s new Artistic Director, opens Festival 2017 directing Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, running at the Festival Theatre from 21 April – 20 May with a press night on 26 April.Richard Wilson leads the cast as the Headmaster, with Thomas Bird, Lucy Briers (Miss Nisbitt), Alan Cox (Franklin), Jenny Galloway (Matron), Michael Hamway, Joe Idris-R
Event date(s):
21st April 2017 19:30 - 20th May 2017 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Caroline, Or Change
Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical Caroline, Or Change runs at Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva Theatre from 6 May – 3 June, directed by Michael Longhurst.This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheav
Event date(s):
06th May 2017 19:45 - 03rd June 2017 19:45
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