Leave a Legacy Gift

Play a part in our future: Leave a Legacy Gift to CFT

For sixty years, Chichester Festival Theatre has played a crucial role in the UK theatre industry, supporting new and emerging theatre makers and reaching communities across the region. Our world-renowned Festival season shows the very best of contemporary theatre. 

Community is at the heart of what we do. Our award-winning Learning, Education & Participation work reaches 65,000 people every year, helping them to grow in confidence, develop their creativity and form friendships for life.

Gifts in Wills play a significant role in enabling us to innovate and support our local community in many ways. 

By leaving a gift to CFT in your Will, your gift will help ensure the Theatre survives and thrives for generations to come. Leaving a gift will ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community experience joy and wellbeing through the arts. It will continue to provide opportunities for young people to engage in life changing creative activities, as well as being able to take part in our award winning Youth Theatre.

We would be grateful if, once you have provided for your loved ones and their futures, that you would consider playing your part in our future by leaving a gift to CFT in your Will.

Thank you.

I feel strongly that the gift of a legacy, can have the most transformative effect on an organisation. I am therefore putting my personal support behind our campaign, and pledging a gift to the Theatre in my Will

Sir William Castell, Chairman of Board of Trustees, pledged a legacy in 2020

This is where actors want to come to work. CFT attracts the very best in our industry

Samantha Spiro, Actor

CFT can help people gain the confidence they need and help them fulfil their dreams on stage

James Dulston, Youth Theatre member

How do I leave a gift in my Will?

Thank you for considering a gift to CFT. You can leave a specific amount, or a percentage of your estate after you have provided for family and friends. Whether you are updating an existing Will or writing a new Will, our Make a Will Guide can help you with clear, simple information and advice. 

Download your free copy today.

We strongly advise that you seek professional advice when making or updating your Will. 

Benefits of leaving a gift to charity in your Will

Chichester Festival Theatre is a registered charity. As well as helping the Theatre survive and thrive for years to come, there are benefits to you and your family. Did you know that by leaving at least 10% of your net estate to charity, the inheritance tax on the rest of your estate reduces from 40% to 36%? 

Please tell us about your Gift

If you have already made a gift to CFT in your Will and would like to tell us about it, we would love to hear from you. Please complete our simple Pledge Form which tells us about your gift and how we will say thank you. Please email us or write to us at Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP. 

Please note that all information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We have found great pleasure in our developing relationship with Chichester Festival Theatre over many years and we wish to leave a legacy, which will not just support the performing arts, but will also benefit the wider community at all levels, ages and abilities, through their ethic of inspiration, insight and inclusivity

Anonymously pledged a Legacy in 2021


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

If you’d like to find out more about leaving a gift to CFT, please talk to your solicitor or contact the CFT Development Team by email or call 01243 812911.

Every gift makes a difference.