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 – 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.
  • Chichester
  • 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.

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For information about Access, audio described, captioned, signed and relaxed performances at Chichester Festival Theatre, visit

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