Leave a Legacy Gift

Celebrate your love of Chichester Festival Theatre by leaving a gift in your Will

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship arts organisations where young and old can experience the joys of live performance. We are renowned for the exceptionally high standard of our productions, nurturing new talent on and off the stage, engaging with our local community and inspiring a loyal audience.

Please help us ensure that many more generations can share your passion for this Theatre, a registered charity, by remembering us in your Will.

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King Lear.
Caroline Or Change.

Only 12% of our income comes from government investment.

By leaving a legacy in your Will, you will help us achieve our aims and protect the heritage of this unique Theatre for future generations. 

We spoke with Jennifer, one of our Pledgers, about why she chose to leave CFT a legacy. She said, ‘I was first drawn to visit Chichester Festival Theatre in 1966, just four years after it was built and I have been visiting almost every year since. I love Chichester and truly felt that I would like the Theatre to benefit from a legacy in my Will. It is a very special place for me.’

As a registered charity, please consider remembering CFT in your Will.

Benefits of leaving a gift to charity

Did you know that, if you are already giving 4% or more of your taxable estate to charity, increasing your charity gifts to 10% actually costs nothing? The government pays all the extra in its tax reduction.

Your gift will make an enormous difference to us. 

With your help, we will be able to achieve our ambitions to:

  • Create exciting theatre productions for our diverse audiences
  • Introduce children and young people to the theatre
  • Ensure those with additional needs have access to live theatre
  • Nurture new and emerging talent by providing meaningful training and career opportunities
  • Reach out to our local communities to provide exciting opportunities to engage with the arts
  • Celebrate the heritage of our buildings, ensuring they are maintained for future generations

How do I leave a gift to Chichester Festival Theatre?

It’s very simple to leave a gift in your Will. We recommend you consult a solicitor, but below are three types of legacy gift:

Residuary Legacy is the remainder of your estate after all other gifts have been handed out and debts paid off. This could be any fraction of an estate.

A Pecuniary Legacy is a fixed sum of money. The value of a pecuniary gift willed several years in advance will decrease over time, as the cost of living increases.

A Specific Legacy is an item left as a gift in your Will, for example a painting or shares.

We strongly advise you to seek professional advice when drafting a new Will or updating an existing one. This ensures that you receive confidential guidance and your Will is tailored to your particular circumstances.

CFT has been an important part of my life for so long - I want to support its lasting success

Beryl, Legacy Pledger

Working in Chichester is one of the highlights of any actor’s career. It is a creative haven

Emma Williams, actor in Half A Sixpence and Love Story

I want to help this important institution maintain its quality for the benefit of future generations

George, Legacy Pledger

LIZZY CONNOLLY as Daphne Stillington in Chichester Festival Theatre's production of PRESENT LAUGHTER. Credit: Directed by Sean Foley  Designed by Alice Power  Photo by Johan Persson.


We promise that any gift you leave to Chichester Festival Theatre will be spent where it’s most needed to ensure our continued success.

If you’d like to discuss leaving a gift
Please talk to your solicitor or contact The Development Team on 01243 812911, email development.team@cft.org.uk or write to us at: The Development Team, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP

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Chichester Festival Theatre is a member of Remember a Charity, an organisation made up of more than 200 charities, that aims to raise awareness about leaving gifts in Wills to charities.