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.

To discover more and see what’s on, visit cft.org.uk

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Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

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):
11th December 2020 19:00 - 02nd January 2021 14:00
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

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):
05th July 2021 19:30 - 28th August 2021 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Crave

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/crave
In a damaged world, four characters search for the light. Angry, funny, defiant, kind and cruel, Sarah Kane's Crave is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of love. Pulsing with loss and longing, its resonance will be doubly powerful as we begin to reconnect our lives after the loneliness and seclusion inflicted by a global pandemic.Designed with a sensory sound and videoscape, Crave will be staged to a live, socially distanced audience in the Festival Theatre and simultaneously live-streamed for digital audiences.
Event date(s):
29th October 2020 19:30 - 07th November 2020 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Celebrating Sondheim

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/celebrating-sondheim
Following the huge success of Concert in the Park, CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans hosts another dazzling cornucopia of music and song to celebrate musical legend Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. He will be joined on the Festival Theatre stage by stars from the West End to perform numbers from some of Sondheim’s major and lesser-known works.
Event date(s):
01st November 2020 15:00 - 19:00
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

I'll Tell You How The Sun Rose: A Song For Each Hour Of The Day

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/ill-tell-you-how-the-sun-rose
Internationally acclaimed soprano Kate Royal and pianist Joseph Middleton bring the UK premiere of a new song recital programme to Chichester. This selection of 24 songs, by Mahler, Liszt, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Britten and many more, follows a young man from dawn to dusk and through the trials of a lonely night.
Event date(s):
11th November 2020 19:30 - 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Elegie - Rachmaninov: A Heart in Exile

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/el%C3%A9gie
Olivier Award-winning actor Henry Goodman returns to Chichester with concert pianist Lucy Parham. Elégie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff in words and music. The concert includes many of his best-loved works for solo piano, alongside a fascinating narrative drawn from the composer's letters and diaries. 
Event date(s):
18th November 2020 19:30 - 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Shift - Barely Methodical Troupe

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/shift
Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of highly entertaining physical performance. Shift explores shifting perceptions and realities through power-based acrobatics performed mixing show-stopping circus tricks with the emotional punch of theatre.
Event date(s):
26th November 2020 19:00 - 28th November 2020 19:00
28th November 2020 15:00 - 15:00
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

Shift - Barely Methodical Troupe

www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/shift
Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of highly entertaining physical performance. Shift explores shifting perceptions and realities through power-based acrobatics performed mixing show-stopping circus tricks with the emotional punch of theatre.
Event date(s):
26th November 2020 19:00 - 28th November 2020 19:00
28th November 2020 15:00 - 15:00