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. 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.
Festival 2019 offers a real breadth of work, from powerful world premieres to musicals, Shakespeare and brand new family shows. Hugh Bonneville plays Narnia writer C.S. Lewis in the award-winning play Shadowlands, while Rachael Stirling appears in David Hare’s modern classic Plenty. John Simm and Dervla Kirwan lead the cast of Macbeth, while Rodgers & Hammerstein’s glorious musical Oklahoma! is the summer musical centrepiece. For families, there’s a brand new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s much-loved book The Butterfly Lion. Visit Chichester Festival Theatre website for more details on these and many more productions.
Chichester Festival Theatre is open from 10am - end of show Monday – Saturday (6pm when no performance)
Prices vary (Festival Theatre tickets are available from £10 during Festival season). Please call the Box Office on 01243 781312 or visit website for details.
Baby change facilities
Picnic area - on communal parkland
Post show dining and/or drinks available
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. For more information visit cft.org.uk/access, or to discuss individual requirements or to join our Access List contact 01243 781312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessible Lift - Two in the Festival Theatre; one in the Minerva Theatre
Induction Loop System
Assistance dogs accepted)
Wheelchair user accessible
Signed, audio described, captioned and relaxed performances available
Free Sennheiser units available for all performances
Dementia Friendly, member of Age-Friendly and Family Arts Standards
Children & Infants
Family Friendly, Children Welcome
Parking & Transport
Disabled Parking available in Northgate Car Park (less than 50 m from CFT)
Drop off area in front of the Festival Theatre
Free parking after 8pm
Railway station within walking distance
Chichester Station is a 20 minute walk from the theatre, with regular direct links to London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant. Call 08457 484950 for timetables and other details or visit nationalrail.co.uk.
Walking from the station (20 minute walk):
Head out of the main entrance towards The Foundry Pub, walk past the pub with it on your left and walk straight on South Street until you come to The Cross (stone monument) which indicates an intersection of four streets. Continue straight ahead up North Street. At the top of North Street is a ring road, take the pedestrian underpass to North Gate Car Park and continue through the car park to reach the Theatre on the far side.
Northgate Car Park is a 900-space pay and display car park next to the Theatre which charges from 8am until 8pm Monday - Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays. In addition to cash, contactless and card payments, you can also pay using the MiPermit app. chichester.gov.uk/mipermit
On matinee days Northgate car park can get very busy as it is well placed for city centre shoppers in addition to Theatre patrons. Please allow plenty of time to park and consider alternative car parks in Chichester.
Parking for disabled patrons:
Blue Badge holders can park anywhere in Northgate Car Park free of charge. There are 9 non-reservable spaces close to the Theatre entrance. Visit Chichester District Council for other available car parks.
There is a 'drop off' area in front of the Festival Theatre which can be accessed from the Broyle Road entrance.
The number 60 operated by Stagecoach stops near the Theatre. For an up-to-date timetable visit the STAGECOACH website
The coach drop-off point is outside the Festival Theatre with a coach park in Via Ravenna.
Chichester Festival Theatre is now linked to the city’s cycle lane network and our new bike park accommodates 26 bicycles, located adjacent to the Pimlott Building, just off the Theatre’s access road, off Broyle Road.