A Merry Little Christmas Celebration

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Prepare to unwrap Christmas with a delightfully festive evening of seasonal words and music.

Simon Callow makes a welcome return to Chichester to share some favourite yuletide poems and prose including an extract from his celebrated one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol

West End singers Rebecca Trehearn, Emmanuel Kojo and Rebecca Caine, matched with five fine musicians, will join CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans and a special surprise guest each night for a range of traditional carols and festive favourites: from In the Bleak Midwinter, O Holy Night and Shepherd’s Pipe Carol to White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and, of course, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

A Merry Little Christmas will be a joyous and heartwarming start to the season, with a free glass of mulled wine or fruit punch for every member of the audience. The performance on Friday 4 December will also be live streamed for audiences at home.

Simon Callow is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, whose films include Amadeus, Four Weddings and A Funeral, A Room With A View and Shakespeare in Love. He has written extensively about Charles Dickens as well as portraying him on screen.

Rebecca Caine’s career has been divided between opera (including Glyndebourne and ENO) and musical theatre. She created the role of Cosette in Les Misérables; other West End appearances include The Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady.

Emmanuel Kojo was nominated for a UK Theatre Award for his role as Jud Fry in CFT’s Oklahoma! (2019); his other musical credits include Girl from the North Country, The Scottsboro Boys and Show Boat.

Rebecca Trehearn’s many West End appearances include Show Boat (Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), City of Angels and Ghost; she’s also a frequent guest on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

Purchase a digital copy of the programme

Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. Read some highlights from classic literature celebrating the festive season and take part in our fun Christmas trivia quiz! The programme also contains details of the songs and readings included in the performance and biographies of the performers.

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Purchasing a digital programme does not include the purchase of a printed programme.


Cast & Creatives


  • Rebecca Caine

  • Simon Callow

  • Daniel Evans

  • Emmanuel Kojo

  • Rebecca Trehearn


Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Groups 8+: 10% off
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • Donate a Seat: To help us get back to full strength as soon as we can, please consider supporting us by donating an empty seat for £10. Every pound you donate will help to support the Theatre’s activities, as well as our employment of freelance artists during the pandemic. Thank you for your support.

COVID Guidelines


West Sussex is currently in Tier 2 (moving to Tier 4 from 26 December when we will close to the public). Updated government restrictions have stated that anyone from a Tier 3 or 4 region should avoid travelling outside of their area. Please take this into consideration when making your booking. If you have already purchased tickets and live in a higher Tier, please contact our Box Office who will be able to issue a credit note or exchange if required. If you would like to speak to someone regarding our COVID-safety measures please email

We want you, and our staff and artists, to feel safe during your visit to Chichester Festival Theatre.

To this end, we have put a number of COVID-safety measures in place, following Government guidance for theatre attendance at all times.

  • Our socially-distanced auditorium offers a reduced capacity of just under 50% ensuring a 1m-plus space between parties
  • Seat bubbles are available as groups of 1 to 6 seats
  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • Tickets will detail timed arrivals with an assigned door number
  • Contactless temperature checks will be carried out at point of entry
  • Face coverings are required (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Front of House staff will also wear face coverings
  • Contact details are collected during the booking process to support NHS Test and Trace
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of the auditorium between performances
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bringing minimal belongings
  • The Bars and Café will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with one-way systems in place and perspex screens fitted at all sale points
  • Additional signage will be in place to manage social distancing and audience flow
  • Programmes and ice creams can be pre-ordered when booking your tickets where available, or purchased on the day. Please note all transactions will be cashless

These measures will be reviewed and updated in line with Government guidelines.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about your visit or go to our COVID ticketing terms and conditions.

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Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval