The Nest Appeal

The great artists, performers, writers and curators of 2040 and 2050 need to be nurtured now: our investment in them is, at heart, an investment in a future that we believe can be brighter and better with culture and creativity at its core.

Let's Create Strategy, Arts Council England, 2020

Incubating, hatching and showcasing the creative talent of the future

Do you remember The Tent, Theatre on the Fly and The Spiegeltent? These venues offered space for us to do something a little bit different to our usual programming. With an increasingly urgent need for more space to develop creative projects and support emerging artists, we are planning a new venue to do just that.

With sustainability at its heart, we have found an ideal structure previously located at the Pleasance Theatre in London and used at the Edinburgh Festival. Usable year-round and fully wheelchair accessible, this 119-seater studio will have a thrust stage to match our sister theatres and removable stacked seating giving us plenty of flexibility.

Nestled in the trees beside the Festival Theatre, what better name for this space to incubate creativity in our community, hatch new work in progress and nurture growing artists, than The Nest.

I think this is a most exciting project and I am privileged to be associated with its potential success. Chichester Festival Theatre has been a significant part of my working life and to continue my support gives me enormous satisfaction

Dame Patricia Routledge DBE | President of the Nest Appeal

For us to create The Nest and have it ready for 2025, we need to raise at least £1.5million by the end of March 2025. We’ve set aside £250,000 from our own reserves to kickstart the fundraising Appeal – now we need your help!

Donate today and sign up to receive regular updates on our Appeal and ways you can get involved in fundraising events.

If you'd like to discuss supporting this project or learn more about it, we'd love to hear from you. Please email Sarah Mansell, Appeal Director or call 01243 212869 to chat to a member of our team.

Donate today and help us feather our nest!