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We’re thrilled to share Festival 2024 with you, which has been announced today by our Artistic Director Justin Audibert – the first season he’s programmed here – and Executive Director Kathy Bourne.

As always, there’s a spectacular summer musical, an exciting range of world premieres, and some modern masterpieces too. We travel through English history – from the Tudors to the present – through unsung heroes and rarely told stories. Uniting them all are unforgettable characters, captivating tales, some wonderful music and inventive settings.

Maximum theatricality is the aim in the Festival Theatre, with bold, rich dramas that lend themselves to music and spectacle. The world renowned director and choreographer Matthew Bourne and producer Cameron Mackintosh are collaborating with us on a new stage version of Lionel Bart’s treasured musical Oliver!; we have the world premieres of The Other Boleyn Girl and Redlands; and Coram Boy dives into the rousing adventures of 18th century orphans.

The Minerva brings us into intimate close-up, allowing us to eavesdrop on startling and evocative events and characters. There’s an innovative twist on Strindberg’s Miss Julie in The House Party; the powerful The Caretaker; a timely The Promise; the first ever stage adaptation of John le Carré in The Spy Who Came In From The Cold; and the fabulously hair-raising The Cat and the Canary.

And don’t forget to check out our excellent line-up of off-stage events, as well as news about a major new space, The Nest, we’re planning for 2025.

Justin and Kathy say: ‘The Chichester audience is renowned for their sense of adventure as well as their appreciation of quality and tradition, and that’s what this season aims to honour. We’re delighted to be working with stellar directors, writers and co-producers, and already have some wonderful actors lined up to join us.

‘We’re increasing the number and location of our more affordable seats (including 13,000 at £10 across the season), and offering generous discounts for audiences booking multiple productions, alongside our 9,000 £5 Prologue seats for ages 16-30.

‘Whatever you choose to see or do this year – and we hope it will be plenty! – we look forward to welcoming you.’

Kathy Bourne and Justin Audibert are pictured in the Festival Theatre auditorium, smiling broadly towards the camera. Kathy sits, wearing an orange jumper, pink and orange scarf and blue trousers, and has shoulder length brown hair. Justin wears black and has curly brown hair, standing with his hands in his pockets

Priority booking for Friends of Chichester Festival Theatre opens:
Saturday 24 February (online and booking forms only)
Tuesday 27 February (phone and in person)

Booking for Groups and Schools opens:
Thursday 29 February

General booking opens:
Saturday 2 March (online only)
Tuesday 5 March (phone and in person)

Need help with online booking? Download our online booking guide.

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