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

The Midnight Gang

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This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness is adapted from David Walliams’s biggest-selling children’s book of 2016. Suitable for ages 7+.A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed twelve-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital.Luckily, he’s not on his own with the child-hating Matron a
Event date(s):
13th October 2018 19:00 - 03rd November 2018 19:00
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

Cock

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Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. Someone who is different in every single way. But can John give her what she wants, when he’s never been with a woman before?Funny and eye-openingly fresh and frank, Cock is a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillatin
Event date(s):
28th September 2018 19:45 - 27th October 2018 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Watsons

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What happens when the writer loses the plot?Emma Watson is nineteen and new in town. She’s been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgra
Event date(s):
03rd November 2018 19:45 - 01st December 2018 19:45
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Messiah

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A hilarious Christmas comedy that promises to be the funniest and most magical Nativity you will ever see. A travelling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer arrive by camel in the ancient town of Chichester to masterfully enact the greatest story every told.Directly prior to the West End, this new comedy of Biblical proportions, written by the Olivier Award-winning writer Patrick Barlo
Event date(s):
12th November 2018 19:30 - 17th November 2018 19:30
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Shakespeare in Love

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Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block... the deadline for his new play - a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter - is fast approaching, he's struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet  and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do an
Event date(s):
20th November 2018 19:30 - 24th November 2018 19:30
Chichester Festival Theatre - Arts & Culture

The Nightingales

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One of the UK’s best-loved stars, Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey, The Street) makes a rare stage appearance in an intriguing new comedy by actor/playwright William Gaminara (Silent Witness, The Archers, An Enemy of the People), directed by Christopher Luscombe (Love’s Labour’s Lost & Much Ado About Nothing).When the local acapella group gather in the village hall they have ev
Event date(s):
27th November 2018 19:30 - 01st December 2018 19:30
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

Christmas Concerts

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The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir lead a celebration of the festive season with traditional carols, seasonal sing-alongs and the inevitable Christmas cracker jokes. From Jingle Bells to Silent Night, and the extraordinary Corps of Drums, this is a sleighful of Christmas cheer. Once again there’s a chance to vote for your favourite Christm
Event date(s):
04th December 2018 19:30 - 08th December 2018 19:30
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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