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 cft.org.uk

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Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Sleeping Beauty

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A princess under a fairy’s curse pricks her finger on a spindle and sleeps for a hundred years, waiting to be woken by a prince’s kiss.But hold on a moment. There’s a distinctly different slant to this story. The princess is beautiful and spirited but there are two princes and a lot of threatening thorns. As for the fairy who caused all the trouble in the first place – well
Event date(s):
15th December 2018 19:00 - 30th December 2018 19:00
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Moscow City Ballet - The Nutcracker

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Moscow City Ballet return to Chichester with their spectacular production of The Nutcracker: an unmissable climax to the festive season, presented in classic Russian style with full orchestra.The timeless story of Clara, who is whisked away on a magical adventure by her Nutcracker Prince, The Nutcracker is set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. With stunning costumes and sumptuous sets, this i
Event date(s):
03rd January 2019 19:30 - 06th January 2019 14:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Twelfth Night

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Flute Theatre’s unique production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, adapted by Kelly Hunter with music by Tom Chapman, has been performed across Europe and makes its UK premiere at the Minerva. Viola is saved from drowning with a bucket of freezing water and welcomed into Illyria by a mysterious clown who leads us all on a melodious and dreamlike odyssey.With nothing but instruments, cos
Event date(s):
15th January 2019 19:45 - 26th January 2019 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Flute Theatre presents an adaptation of Shakespeare’s story by Kelly Hunter, with music by Tom Chapman, specifically for young people with autism and their families. Up to 15 young people on the autism spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with seven actors in a circle on the stage, with their families or carers sitting just behind them. The actors encourage the part
Event date(s):
16th January 2019 10:30 - 26th January 2019 10:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Art

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Art is one of the most successful comedies ever staged. Since its 1996 premiere, Yasmina Reza’s multi award-winning study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance (translated by Christopher Hampton) has been packing audiences in worldwide.When Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on an all-white modernist painting, his close friends Marc and Yvan are baffled. But does their violent rea
Event date(s):
24th January 2019 19:30 - 02nd February 2019 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Trial by Laughter

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Following their acclaimed The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play.William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. The only crime he had committed was parodying religious texts and being funny abou
Event date(s):
04th February 2019 19:30 - 09th February 2019 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Unreturning

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A British northern coastal town. Three young men are coming home from the war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play by Anna Jordan.Directed by Frantic Assembly’s Associate Director Neil Bettles and featuring Frantic’s celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on youn
Event date(s):
05th February 2019 19:45 - 09th February 2019 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Rough Crossing

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Rough Crossing is one of Tom Stoppard’s most hilarious and brilliant plays.Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck on an ocean liner headed for New York, feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land, and opening night. But they are constantly distracted by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having heard his lover confess her feelings to the
Event date(s):
11th February 2019 19:30 - 16th February 2019 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Life I Lead

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The actor David Tomlinson is best remembered as Mr Banks in Disney’s classic Mary Poppins but his real life was just as fascinating as any of the parts he played. He was a World War II fighter pilot and his life also featured a certain amount of heartbreak, not least the tragic death of his first wife and his later struggles to have his son recognised as one of the first British cases of aut
Event date(s):
11th February 2019 19:45 - 16th February 2019 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Wireless Wise

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Join five veteran broadcasters, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Barry Cryer, Reverend Richard Coles, Charlotte Green and Garry Richardson, for an evening of comedy and music. Hilarious anecdotes, songs and sketches are on the running order from our broadcasters who between them have been appearing on the wireless for two centuries!Brilliant composer and lyricist, Sir Richard Stilgoe began
Event date(s):
19th January 2019 14:30 - 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Music

Hejira

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Meet the latest band to spring from London's vibrant young music scene.Beautiful arrangement and stunning delicate vocals from lead singer Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne make up the deep trademark sound of this unmissable East London music outfit. Hejira consists of five stellar multi-instrumentalists that switch between two guitars, two bass, three sets of keys, drums and electro
Event date(s):
05th January 2019 19:45 - 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Music

Clare Teal and Her Big Mini Big Band

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Clare Teal and her Big Mini Big Band, conducted by Guy Barker, celebrate music from the golden age of song. This brand new show sees the award-winning vocalist and her stellar group of musicians effortlessly traverse a rich landscape of timeless and sparkling material including classics from Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh and Dave
Event date(s):
09th January 2019 19:30 - 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Mozart Question

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The Mozart Question tells the story of Paolo Levi, a world-famous performer who developed his passion for music as a young child with the help of his teacher, Benjamin.Alongside this story, is that of his parents who were both musicians too - Jewish prisoners surviving, playing music in a concentration camp during the Second World War. Treated with utmost sensitivity for a family audience, The Moz
Event date(s):
11th January 2019 19:30 - 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Family Fun

BBC Concert Orchestra Family Concert: Adventure at Sea

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Hoist the main sail! CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson and the brilliant BBC Concert Orchestra are setting off on a musical adventure at sea.  Are you ready to join the crew? Everyone is welcome aboard. You’ll hear magical music from far-flung places, learn the hornpipe, brave the stormy high seas, swim with fabulous fish at bottom of the ocean and battle bloodthirsty pirates! Why not d
Event date(s):
13th January 2019 16:00 - 16:00
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Truth

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This spellbinding fusion of song and choreography, created by Helen Chadwick and directed by Olivier Award-winner Stephen Hoggett, uses testimonies collected from all over the world – some brutal, some hilarious. A beautiful and thought-provoking sung theatre show, which explores the once-simple notion of Truth in our messy modern age of fake news. 
Event date(s):
31st January 2019 19:45 - 01st February 2019 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

He Ain't Heavy

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Performer Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother Sean using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction and storytelling. Through puppetry, the audience see how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced Grania.“When people ask me about my brother I usually give them the short ans
Event date(s):
09th January 2019 14:45 - 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Dark

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Written by the award-winning poet Nick Makoha, The Dark tells the vivid and moving story of the migration he made with his mother at the age of four. Night is not the only darkness.A night in November 1978; young Nick and his mother flee their home of Kampala and travel by matatu. Buying safe passage and silence with all they have, the conductor asks no questions
Event date(s):
28th January 2018 19:45 - 29th January 2019 19:45