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. Si...
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
We want everyone to be able to access and enjoy live entertainment, drama, music and dance. We are committed to ensuring that everyone’s needs are met in order to enjoy the best possible experience.
Chichester Festival Theatre is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met in order to enjoy the best possible experience. Both Theatres are fully accessible and we offer a range of access performances and services.
At each performance at the Theatre, our trained ushers will be available to assist disabled patrons in accessing our services.
Our At-Home Activities
We invite you and your family to listen to our audio fairy tales available free on Soundcloud. Tune in from the comfort of your sofa or garden or, if you live nearby, we&rsquo...3 - 10 yearsAge Friendly
Listen to author Michael Morpurgo reading two chapters each video from his best-selling novel The Butterfly Lion, which was adapted for the Chichester stage in 2019.7 - 12 yearsAge Friendly
Join puppeteer Darcy Collins as she shows you how to make a simple paper puppet at home.5 - 12 yearsAge Friendly
In our latest tutorial, our Deputy Director of LEAP Lauren is going to teach you a dance combination to a section of The Cover Is Not The Book from Mary Poppins Returns.8 - 16 yearsAge Friendly
Our Youth Theatre Trainee Freddie (with some help from his brother Henry!) demonstrates some stage combat techniques to help you create realistic fight scenes without hurting anyone. Important note: i...8 - 16 years
Join our Youth and Outreach Officer Hannah as she talks you through how to make a simple puppet out of paper. All you need is a roll of wrapping paper or some newspaper, a pair of scissors and some ta...5 - 12 yearsAge Friendly
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