Chichester Festival Theatre


Type:Theatres & Cinemas

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6AP
Chichester Festival Theatre


When Chichester Festival Theatre opened in 1962, it was Britain’s first modern thrust stage theatre. The brainchild of a local optician, Leslie Evershed-Martin, it was effectively ‘crowdfunded’ by local individuals and businesses: a theatre built by the community for the community, an ethos which still stands today. Between 1962-65, under its first artistic director Laurence Olivier, CFT provided the nucleus for the newly established National Theatre company.

A major project to restore and upgrade the Grade II* listed Festival Theatre was completed in 2014, and the Theatre now proudly matches its world-class artistic reputation with world-class facilities and spaces.

Over the past six decades, myriad productions originated at Chichester have transferred to the West End or toured nationally and internationally, from musicals to significant new plays and classic revivals. In 2022, when CFT celebrates its 60th anniversary, Daniel Evans's Festival 2021 production of South Pacific will open at Manchester Opera House followed by a run at Sadler's Wells, and then a UK and Ireland tour. Jonathan Church's production of Singin' in the Rain will also be on UK tour and in Toronto.

Festival 2022 marks our diamond anniversary and we have a sparkling season lined up. There are no less than six world premiere productions, three musicals and a host of enticing dramas; not to mention a jam-packed roster of community and digital events celebrating 60 years of CFT. Join the celebration!

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Chairman: Sir William Castell

Artistic Director: Daniel Evans




Visit England Award finalist for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism  

Beautiful South Tourism Awards for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism WINNER Gold

BroadwayWorld UK Awards,Accessibility Champion, WINNER

CDG Casting Awards, Best Casting in Regional Theatre, Jessica Ronane & Abby Galvin, A Monster Calls WINNER

Muddy Stilettos Sussex Awards Best Theatre/Arts Venue, WINNER

ABTT Awards, Emerging Excellence Award 2021, Jesse Caie, WINNER         


Finalist in the Beautiful South Tourism Awards - Customer Service Superstar Award

Olivier Awards, Best Actress in a Musical, Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, Or Change, WINNER

Black British Theatre Awards, Best Female Actor in a Musical, Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change, WINNER

Black British Theatre Awards, Best Recent Graduate, Amara Okereke, Oklahoma, WINNER


Beautiful South Tourism Awards - Customer Service Superstar Award, WINNER - SILVER AWARD




Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Please see individual shows for pricing.
Please note that discounts do not apply to Previews and Press Nights, or to the lowest price in the Festival Theatre.
One reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability.
Ticket prices may be subject to change. Call the Box Office on 01243 781312 for the latest prices.



  • Accessible Lift - Two in the Festival Theatre; one in the Minerva Theatre
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Induction Loop System
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • Cafe
  • Picnic area - on communal parkland
  • Restaurant - to book a table email

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities - For details contact 01243 782219 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm) or email
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours - Tours available by arrangement, for pre-booked groups (fee applies).
  • Open all year round

Parking & Transport

  • On Site Car Parking - Free parking after 8pm
  • Railway station within walking distance

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups


Map & Directions


  • Chichester Festival Theatre


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold 2018
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award 2022
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2018/19 – Silver Beautiful South Awards Winners 2018/19 – Silver 2018
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Platinum Tourism South East Member - Platinum 2022
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Gold 2022

Opening Times

High Season (1 Apr 2022 - 28 Feb 2023)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 23:00
Low Season (1 Mar 2023 - 30 Apr 2023)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 18:00

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