Chichester Festival Theatre


Type:Theatres & Cinemas

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


Chichester Festival Theatre creates inspiring experiences and exceptional stories that inspire, delight and bring people together – on and off the stage. We connect inventive artists with imaginative audiences. We bring theatre to schools and youth groups, to the West End and world stages, with the belief that theatre is for everyone.

Sitting at the heart of the cathedral city in West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, the Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses – perfect for epic drama and musicals. Our studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.

Countless productions which started life at Chichester have transferred to the West End or toured nationally and internationally over the past six decades, from musicals to significant new plays and classic revivals. Recent London transfers include Steven Moffat’s The Unfriend (currently playing at the Criterion Theatre); South PacificCaroline, Or Change (also on Broadway); Ian McKellen in King Lear (also broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live); and James Graham's Quiz. Our co-production with the National Theatre of Alecky Blythe’s Our Generation is now available to stream on NT At Home; and Susan Stroman’s production of Crazy for You opens at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in June 2023.

Festival 2023 offers a fantastic range of plays and musicals, including world premieres and renowned plays never seen at Chichester before. There are three musicals – including the summer centrepiece, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved The Sound of Music – and a company of exceptional actors.

To read more about what’s on, who we are and what we do, visit




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

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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
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Gold 2022
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Platinum Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Platinum 2023

Opening Times

High Season (1 Apr 2023 - 28 Feb 2024)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 23:00
Low Season (1 Mar 2024 - 30 Apr 2024)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 18:00

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