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 Festival season runs from April to November, during which productions originated at Chichester reach an audience of over 230,000 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 800 members.

Festival 2018 offers a kaleidoscopic array of classics, musicals and new work – illustrating the breadth of CFT’s work and determination to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. To discover more and see what’s on, visit

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Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Present Laughter
Actor Garry Essendine is at the height of his fame. He’s handsome, witty, surrounded by adoring fans, and about to take his latest theatrical hit overseas. He’s also in the middle of a raging mid-life crisis.Holed up in his studio, he is assailed from all quarters: a beautiful debutante wants to bed him, an aspiring playwright from Uckfield wants to worship him, and his own producer&rs
Event date(s):
20th April 2018 19:30 - 12th May 2018 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

random / generations
Fierce, warm and funny, these two short and haunting dramas, presented here in a double bill, examine love, life and loss through the lives of two families on two continents. random is an extraordinary play for one actress, whilst the generations company includes a South African choir.
Event date(s):
04th May 2018 19:45 - 02nd June 2018 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Chalk Garden
Nothing will grow for eccentric, high-born Mrs St Maugham in the dry earth of her once grand Sussex garden. Indoors, the situation is even worse. Her wild and damaged granddaughter, sixteen-year-old Laurel, sets fires and throws tantrums.When the enigmatic Miss Madrigal arrives to take up the post of Laurel’s companion, the household is disconcerted by her evasive oddity. Where has she come
Event date(s):
25th May 2018 19:30 - 16th June 2018 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Country Wife
The City of London. The randy seventeenth century. Harry Horner wants to seduce as many women as possible, but he needs to convince their husbands that he’s physically incapable of any such thing. Cannily, his faux impotence also allows him to sniff out and unmask those respectably virtuous ladies who secretly ache for him.But this virile villain hasn’t reckoned with Mr. Pinchwife&rsqu
Event date(s):
08th June 2018 19:45 - 07th July 2018 19:45