Chichester Festival Theatre


Type:Theatres & Cinemas

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


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. Situated in a 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; the more intimate Minerva Theatre, sits nearby.

The annual Festival season runs from April to November, during which productions originated at Chichester reach an audience of over 230,000. 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.

Three highlights of the Festival 2017 season transferred to London in 2018: the musical Caroline, or Change (which transferred to London’s Hampstead Theatre in March 2018 and will run at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre from November 2018); Ian McKellen in King Lear, which transferred to the West End in July 2018 and was broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live; and Daniel Evans’s production of Quiz, a new play by James Graham, which transferred to the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre in April 2018.

Other recent West End transfers from Chichester (as originating producer) include Half A Sixpence (Noël Coward Theatre), Young Chekhov (National Theatre), Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre), Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Gypsy (Savoy Theatre), Stevie (Hampstead Theatre), Private Lives (Gielgud Theatre) and Sweeney Todd (Adelphi 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.

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Chairman: Sir William Castell

Artistic Director: Daniel Evans

Awards Won

Award Date Entered


Fantastic for Families Awards 2018 Best Age-Friendly Welcome Award nomination
Manchester Theatre Awards 2018 Special Entertainment Award nomination – Running Wild at the Lowry
Brighton Argus     2018 Community Star Award nomination – CFT Buddies
Positive Practice Awards 2017 Partnership in Practice Bronze Award
Sussex Life Awards 2017 Entertainment Venue of the Year
Beautiful South Tourism Awards 2017 Tourism Experience Gold Award       
Beautiful South Tourism Awards 2017  Access & Inclusivity Gold Award

The Stage Debut Awards

2017 Grace Molony, The Country Girls
Sussex Life Awards 2017 Entertainment Venue of the Year
Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 Lighting Design: Theatre Award for Musicals
WhatsOnStage Awards 2017 Best Actor in a Musical; Best Supporting Actress in a Musical; Best Choreography – Half a Sixpence
European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies 2016  International Architecture Awards
Olivier Awards 2016 Best Musical Revival; Best Actress in a Musical; Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical; Best Lighting Designer - Gypsy
WhatsOnStage Awards 2016 Best Musical Revival; Best Direction; Best Actress in a Musical; Best Supporting Actress in a Musical - Gypsy

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 Post show dining available.

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


  • Group Establishments -TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold 2018
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2018/19 – Silver Beautiful South Awards Winners 2018/19 – Silver 2018

Opening Times

High Season (1 Apr 2021 - 28 Feb 2022)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 23:00
Low Season (1 Mar 2022 - 30 Apr 2022)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 18:00

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