Concert in the Park

Oaklands Park
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Chichester Festival Theatre will present a day of outdoor performances on Monday 31 August. Join us for a live evening concert where Omid Djalili will introduce songs from the musicals with West End stars Gina Beck, Gabrielle Brooks, Rob Houchen, Julian Ovenden and Giles Terera, joined by CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans. Songs will include a medley from South Pacific alongside hits from West Side Story, Wicked, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady

Omid Djalili delighted Chichester audiences as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (2017). As well as his highly succesful stand-up tours, his screen credits include His Dark Materials and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and he played Fagin in Oliver! in the West End.

Gina Beck (Matilda, ShowBoat, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera), Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, The Light in the Piazza) and Julian Ovenden (Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, BBC Proms, Downton Abbey) were due to make their Chichester debuts in this summer's production of South Pacific.

Gabrielle Brooks's theatre appearances include The Wizard of Oz, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q.

Giles Terera won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Aaron Burr in the original London cast of Hamilton; his many other musical credits include Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

Daniel Evans won Olivier Awards for his roles in Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park with George in the West End, as well as a Tony nomination for the latter on Broadway.

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Pricing Information

Small Plot (up to 2 people) - £40

Medium Plot (up to 4 people) - £80

Large Plot (up to 6 people) - £120


Family Fun and Concert in the Park: FAQs

How does ticketing work for these events and how are you going to ensure social distancing for audience members?
In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, we have mapped out a plan of small, medium and large plots to allow audience members to book with varying household sizes. 

Small plots (1x2m) are for up to 2 people, medium plots (2x2m) are for up to 4 people and large plots (2x3m) are for up to 6 people. These plots will allow enough space for those within your household to sit either on the ground or on picnic chairs. If you would like more space to spread out, you are welcome to buy a larger plot to use for fewer people. Please note the maximum number of people for each plot must be adhered to.

For Family in the Park pricing is as follows: 
Small Plot (for up to 2 people) - £10
Medium Plot (for up to 4 people) - £20
Large Plot (for up to 6 people) - £30

For Concert in the Park pricing is as follows:
Small Plot (up to 2 people) - £40
Medium Plot (up to 4 people) - £80
Large Plot (up to 6 people) - £120

You will be required to confirm the number of people in your plot at the time of booking, due to licensing and Covid-19 regulations. Only the declared number of people will be admitted and your party will be required to arrive together; if more than the number of people you have declared in your booking turn up for each plot, they will be turned away.

Please bear in mind social distancing recommendations which currently state that only members of a single household or bubble can sit in close proximity to each other.

There will 2metre-wide walkways between each plot so that, even for those at the edge of the plot, you will still have sufficient distance between your group and the next household.

Tickets will be emailed out one week prior to the event, along with full joining instructions.

Please note: we will collect contact information about each ticket booker in line with our Privacy Policy. We may need to share your contact details with NHS Test and Trace, if they require.

I didn’t use up the maximum capacity of my plot on my original booking, can I add people later?
Unfortunately, no. We are working to a strict maximum capacity to adhere with licensing regulations so you are unable to add people at a later date.

Can I book on the day?
All tickets must be bought online in advance, and we will be operating a paperless ticketing system. We will not have a Box Office on site on the day.

Will I have a specific numbered plot reserved for me?
The plots will not be reserved; we will ensure there are enough plots of each size for everyone who has booked and you will be shown to the next available plot on arrival. Please ensure your full party arrive together.

Will there be seating or picnic rugs provided? Are we allowed to stand?
There will be no seating provided but you are welcome to bring your own picnic rug, or picnic chairs if you don’t wish to sit on the ground. We will have large screens either side of the stage to enhance the view. We do ask that you are considerate of your fellow audience members in your choice of seating and that you remain seated during the events unless you need to exit for any reason or to use the facilities. Sun loungers and shooting sticks are not permitted.

How long will the events be and will there be an interval?
Family Fun will last approximately one hour without an interval, and the evening Concert will be approximately 1 hour 30 minutes without an interval. 

Can I arrive early?
Yes, do arrive early to enjoy your picnic. The site will be open from 10am for the Family Fun event which starts at 11am, and from 4.45pm for the Concert which starts at 6pm. 

Is there an age limit for children?
The age guidance for the Family Fun session is 4+. It will be a full hour of readings, so parents should bear attention and concentration spans in mind. In order to maintain social distancing, we ask that parents ensure that their children remain within their plot at all times.

Why isn’t there priority booking for Friends?
Given the time-scale and wider circumstances of this unique event, we regret we aren’t able to offer any priority booking on this occasion.

Will food and drink be available? Can we bring our own?
Food and drink will be available to buy on the day but please note we can only accept contactless payment. 

You are welcome to bring your own picnic but barbecues are not permitted. Please be considerate of other groups around you and please remember to take all litter with you when you leave.

Will toilet facilities be available? 
The Festival Theatre toilet facilities will be open and regularly cleaned by our on-site team. We will have a queueing system in place to conform to social distancing.

Will staff be on hand to manage the event and will they be wearing PPE? 
Yes, CFT staff will be on hand throughout and kitted up according to the prevailing government guidelines.

Photography and filming by CFT 
These events will be filmed and photographed for CFT’s archive, publicity or marketing purposes. Images and film may also be shared with and used by organisations to report on activity they have supported (for example funders or sponsors), or by organisations that promote Chichester Festival Theatre as a world-class attraction. By purchasing tickets to these events, you are giving your consent to being filmed and photographed. If you do not wish to appear in any images or film, please speak to a member of staff.

What happens if it rains? Can I get a refund?
We'll go ahead in most weather, including rainfall, and will never cancel a show before the advertised start time - it's amazing how often it can rain all day and then clear up just in time for the action to start! In the unlikely event that we have to cancel, your tickets will be refunded.

Can I bring a dog?
Not unless they are a registered assistance dog; please bring recognised documentation.

Are the events wheelchair accessible?
Yes, there will be wheelchair spaces available in each plot size.

Will I be refunded if the event is cancelled due to a change in government guidelines?In the event of a cancellation by us, we offer a 100% money back guarantee on tickets.

Please note if booking through CFT, you can also purchase refund protection from Booking Protect so that you can apply for a refund on your ticket should your entire party be unable to attend the show due to adverse weather, injury, illness, burglary or fire at your residence, breakdown or relocation for work. Click here to read Booking Protect Terms and Conditions.

My question isn't here, what should I do?
Please get in touch by emailing who will  be happy to help you!

Food and Drink

28 - 30 August

Our caterers Caper & Berry have come up with a series of food options that you can order in advance for our Chichester Drive-In Cinema

When booking your ticket for one of our Drive-In events you'll also have the option to select food and drink items to add to your booking. 

If you have a food order with your tickets, a member of staff will check your ticket, flag your vehicle and your order will be delivered to you. If you haven't pre-ordered, they will also be taking walk-up orders on the day at each screening (excluding the screening of Onwards). 

Pizza in the Park will also be operating as usual from 5pm - 8pm on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August on Oaklands Park. 

Download the Drive-In Menu

Monday 31 August

On Monday 31 August from 1pm, Caper & Berry will also be offering a two-course meal in The Brasserie, for just £15* per person. 

The price also includes a free glass of Tinwood sparkling wine or a soft drink. Bookings must be made in advance via Bookatable.

*£10 Eat Out to Help Out discount applied to £25 menu.

Download the Brasserie menu

Available on the day

Also on Monday 31 August, Caper & Berry will be offering a selection of food to purchase on the day. The Café in the Festival Theatre will be open from 10am until 5pm, serving a selection of cakes and hot and cold drinks. 

Pizza in the Park will be open from 11.45am rustling up authentic wood-fired pizzas, freshly prepared for you to enjoy. 

If you're looking to grab a bite to eat ahead of Concert in the Park then the Caper & Berry H-Van will be serving Hot Dogs and Burgers as well as a selection of drinks from 4pm, and Pizza in the Park will be available until 5.30pm.

The Fitz Wine bar will also be available from 4pm and will remain open throughout Concert in the Park.

Download the Pizza in the Park Menu


Running Time
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, without an interval