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 – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.
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.
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.
Find us at...
- Chichester Festival Theatre
- Oaklands Park.
- West Sussex
- PO19 6AP
Our family-friendly offer
We pride ourselves on being a family friendly venue - both on stage and off - and we're always delighted to welcome our youngest visitors and their grown-ups to the Theatre, whether to watch a show, take part in a workshop or simply to have a cuppa while using our free Wi-Fi.
Our shows and events are designed to enthral children from new-borns to teenagers. Look out for our Family Tickets which make a visit more affordable.
Each season, we offer a wide range of practical workshops, talks, tours and performances devised by our Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) department.
We work with people of all ages and abilities, families, local community groups and schools, offering so much more than the work you see on our stages.
Find out more about what's on offer for families at https://www.cft.org.uk/families
For information about Access, audio described, captioned, signed and relaxed performances at Chichester Festival Theatre, visit https://www.cft.org.uk/your-visit/access
Chichester03-Dec-2019 10:30 AM - 06-Dec-2019 10:30 AM
Inspired by the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Songs, laughs and monstrous fun in the much-loved show from Ta...3 - 8 years
Chichester14-Dec-2019 19:00 PM - 29-Dec-2019 16:00 PM
When Dorothy runs away from her home in Kansas with her faithful dog Toto, she’s caught up in a terrifying cyclone and finds herself in the strange and magical land of Oz.7 - 16 years
Chichester27-Dec-2019 14:00 PM - 14:00 PM
We're pleased to present a relaxed performance of The Wizard of Oz on Friday 27 December at 2pm.7 - 16 years
Chichester02-Jan-2020 19:30 PM - 04-Jan-2020 19:30 PM
Moscow City Ballet return to Chichester with their stunning production of The Sleeping Beauty: an unmissable climax to the festive season, presented in classic Russian style with full orchestra.4 - 16 years
Chichester18-Jan-2020 11:00 AM - 14:00 PM
Twenty-six animal songs, one for each letter of the alphabet, from amazing arachnids, batty birds and curious corals onwards. John Hinton’s new show is for ages 5 and up.5 - 8 years
Chichester28-Jan-2020 11:00 AM - 29-Jan-2020 15:30 PM
Hurly Burly return with another interactive musical adventure for babies, a multi-sensory journey through a year in the life of a tree; with gentle classical music alongside nursery rhymes and origina...0 - 2 years
Chichester06-Feb-2020 19:30 PM - 15-Feb-2020 19:30 PM
Patrick Ness’s best-selling and critically acclaimed novel A Monster Calls (inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd) is brought vividly to life in this Olivier Award-winning production by visio...10 - 16 years
Chichester13-Feb-2020 14:00 PM - 14-Feb-2020 15:00 PM
Adapted by Pins and Needles Productions from the book by Raymond Briggs, this is a wild and magical adventure about a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear.3 - 8 years
Chichester15-Feb-2020 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Doris and Delilah dream of creating the world’s greatest magic show. Long Nose Puppets present a story about friendship and the magic of nature, with songs by Tom Gray of Gomez.2 - 8 years
Chichester16-Feb-2020 16:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Help young composer Emily Presto to write a new piece of music! Meet terrifying trolls, explore space and dance with cowboys in an exciting musical adventure for all the family. Conducted by David McC...7 - 16 years
Chichester17-Feb-2020 14:00 PM - 17:00 PM
Adapted from the bestselling books by Kes Gray and Jim Field, join FROG, CAT and DOG in an action-packed story with songs, puppets, laughs and rhymes.3 - 8 years