Autumn Season update and Spring Season preview

Following the COVID-19 lockdown until 2 December, Chichester Festival Theatre is deeply sorry to have had to cancel or postpone some of the shows in the Autumn season. However, we are glad to be able to stream a number of performances to audiences at home; and our Christmas shows are scheduled to go ahead with some date alterations. We are also actively planning our Spring season.

Looking ahead to early 2021, Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner – who starred in the BBC’s hugely popular Outnumbered – will lead the cast of a new production of Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning classic comedy, Benefactors.

Directed by Charlotte Gwinner in a co-production with Jonathan Church Theatre Productions, and touring to Bath Theatre Royal, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, The Lowry Salford and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham after its Chichester run, Benefactors is a funny, gripping and wryly shrewd look at the unforeseen consequences of our best intentions. The production will run at Chichester from 5 – 27 February, and booking will open in early January.

Streaming to audiences at home this Autumn will be:

Facing The Music: Sheila Hancock in conversation with Edward Seckerson, Wednesday 18 November at 2.30pm

Facing The Music: Michael Ball in conversation with Edward Seckerson, Wednesday 25 November at 2.30pm

Joe Stilgoe – Out of the Shed, Wednesday 25 November at 7.30pm

A Merry Little Christmas Celebration, Friday 4 December

Christmas shows to live, socially distanced audiences at CFT will now run as follows:

Thursday 3 December – Saturday 5 December, Festival Theatre
Thu & Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Fri 7.30pm
Friday 4 December, 7.30pm, Live Stream

DEAR SANTA as originally scheduled:
5 – 24 December, Minerva Theatre

16 December 2020 – 2 January 2021, Festival Theatre

Tickets for all online and live shows in the Autumn season are now on sale. Booking for Benefactors will open in the New Year.