Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres with an international reputation for producing work of the highest quality, ranging from large-scale musicals to distinguished dramas. With its bold thrust stage design, the Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s most striking playhouses; the smaller Minerva Theatre sits nearby.
The newly refurbished Festival Theatre reopened in 2014, following the completion of a major project to restore and upgrade its Grade II* listed building. With a transformed auditorium, increased seating capacity, more spacious foyer areas with new cafés, bars and outdoor terraces, as well as improved and expanded artist facilities, Chichester Festival Theatre has proudly matched its world-class artistic reputation with world-class spaces.
The 2015 season included two acclaimed musicals, A Damsel in Distress and Mack & Mabel, alongside compelling new plays and classic dramas including Educating Rita with Lenny Henry, Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered and Alan Ayckbourn’s Way Upstream, as well as Young Chekhov: a trilogy of the playwright’s early plays Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull, in new versions by David Hare.
During the last year, Chichester Festival Theatre productions have continued to be seen by the widest possible audience beyond West Sussex. Gypsy, Taken at Midnight, Stevie and Guys and Dolls all transferred to London’s West End, while Singin’ in the Rain has toured throughout the UK and internationally.
Alongside its productions, the Theatre has a much-valued programme of learning and participation work. It has built and strengthened connections within the community through Youth Theatre groups, classes in writing, dance, and drama for a variety of ages, and Heritage activities to document its rich history.
Chairman - Sir William Castell
Artistic Director - Daniel Evans
Executive Director - Rachel Tackley