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 – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.

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 2019 offers the colourful variety of work for which Chichester Festival Theatre is renowned: powerful world premieres, two musicals, Shakespeare, pertinent revivals of twentieth and twenty-first century classics, and brand new family shows. To discover more and see what’s on, visit cft.org.uk

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Leaflet Exchange 2020

We’re excited to announce that Visit Chichester will once again be hosting Leaflet Exchange at Chichester Festival Theatre on Wednesday 4th March, 2020. The event, which runs from 10am to 1pm, will be open to all businesses with an interest in attracting tourists to the area, and is free to attend.  Exhibitors We invite operators from the tourism, leisure and hospitality secto
Event date(s):
04th March 2020 10:00 - 13:00
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The Village Bike

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-village-bike
The Village Bike spins the wheels off the old conventions around human desire. Hilarious and original, it explores impending motherhood and the need for liberation from social and gender conventions. Ages 16+.
Event date(s):
12th June 2020 19:45 - 04th July 2020 19:45
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South Pacific

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/south-pacific
The much-loved, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical boasting one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most memorable scores, featuring songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i.
Event date(s):
06th July 2020 19:30 - 29th August 2020 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Long Song

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-long-song
The Long Song is adapted from Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel. Set in Jamaica during the last days of slavery, this ebullient and life-affirming play finds humanity, resistance and hope in the darkest of times.
Event date(s):
28th August 2020 19:45 - 26th September 2020 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Assassins

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/assassins
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Tony Award-winning musical takes us on a daring, darkly comic, time-bending journey through American history. This new production marks Sondheim’s 90th birthday year. 
Event date(s):
29th September 2020 19:30 - 31st October 2020 19:30
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The Narcissist

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-narcissist
The Narcissist, a new play by celebrated American writer Christopher Shinn, is a gripping, inventive and witty take on personal and political communication in the internet age. Ages 14+.
Event date(s):
02nd October 2020 19:45 - 24th October 2020 19:45
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Crave

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/crave
Angry, funny, defiant, kind and cruel, Sarah Kane's Crave is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of love. For ages 16+.
Event date(s):
16th October 2020 19:00 - 31st October 2020 19:00
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Pinocchio

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/pinocchio
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present a brand new version of this classic tale about the wooden boy whose nose gets longer with every lie he tells. Recommended for ages 7+.
Event date(s):
12th December 2020 19:00 - 31st December 2020 14:00