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Chichester Festival Theatre 1962 – 2022 

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CFT is a theatre for everyone, where everyone can find something inspiring. Sharing stories together is more important than ever but for many it can be difficult.   

To celebrate our 60th Birthday, we are working even harder to help everyone join in, because CFT is a place where everyone can find their place and find their voice. 

So we’re putting on relaxed performances for anyone on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, enabling them to enjoy a show with quieter music, more lighting and the chance to move around during the show. 

We have a special dementia-friendly performance of our summer musical with quieter music and a recap of the plot after the interval to help the audience follow the wonderful story and songs. We’re providing touch tours for blind and visually impaired visitors, to feel the set and understand it before enjoying an audio described performance. 

People of all ages have struggled with their mental health and wellbeing, so we’re opening up our building and training volunteers to accompany the elderly and vulnerable to join in singing, dancing and being creative and sharing time with others again.

Some people are struggling financially more than ever, so we’re giving bursaries to young people to enable them to join our Youth Theatre and improve their health and wellbeing. For those who are hard of hearing and Deaf or deafened we provide British Sign Language interpreted and captioned performances. And for local Polish families we provide a translation service so young families can enjoy live theatre - many for the first time. 

All of this takes money and we need it now more than ever. To help everyone in our community enjoy CFT as much as you do, we need to raise £100,000 this year. Please help others enjoy CFT by making a gift to support those who need it most this year. Whatever you give will make a real difference to those most in need.

Help everyone join in, because birthdays are for sharing.


If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact the CFT Development Team by email or call 01243 812911.

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