Members of the company in Chichester Festival Youth Theatre's SLEEPING BEAUTY. Credit: Directed by Lucy Betts, set design by Simon Higlett, costumes by Ryan Dawson Laight, lighting by James Whiteside, photo by Helen Murray.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre's youth theatre is one of the finest in the country

Susan Elkin, journalist and author

CFYT is the highlight of my week

Youth Theatre member

Our award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT) engages over 800 young people each week through workshops at CFT and at our 8 satellite locations across West Sussex. We aim to help young people of all abilities from a variety of backgrounds to develop their artistic, personal and social skills.

As well as taking part in weekly sessions, Youth Theatre members also have the opportunity to audition for CFYT productions, which are enjoyed by tens of thousands of audience members each year. Since it was founded in 1985, the Youth Theatre has staged over 80 productions, and in recent years, the Christmas production in the Festival Theatre has become a highlight of the season, giving members the experience of performing in a professional standard production. Our Technical Youth Theatre members also have the opportunity to work alongside professionals in the industry in a world-renowned theatre.

One of the most celebrated and successful youth theatres in the country for anyone aged 5 to 25 who wants to discover new skills, build confidence, make new friends and have fun!

  • Take part in weekly workshops
  • Audition for our Youth Theatre productions at CFT
  • Join theatre trips and tours
  • Develop your skills in masterclasses led by theatre professionals
  • Sign up to gain an Arts Award qualification

Autumn 2019

We are currently recruiting for the new academic year which begins week commencing 16 September 2019. We aim to help young people of all abilities from a variety of backgrounds to develop their artistic, personal and social skills. 

Membership is £60 a term (11 weekly sessions on average per term), but bursaries are also available.

If you're interested in joining us then contact our youth theatre team at cfyt@cft.org.uk or call us on 01243 784437.


Groups and Locations

As well as drama sessions we also offer Youth Dance, Musical TheatreTechnical Youth Theatre and sessions for young people with additional needs (these groups are CFYT Wednesday in Horsham and CFYT Friday in Chichester); so choose a group that's right for you and join us!

Cfyt Timetable 2019 20.

Please click the image to download a PDF of the timetable.


Joining CFYT

In the first instance please contact the Learning, Education and Participation department on 01243 784437 or email cfyt@cft.org.uk for availability.

If your chosen group is full you can go on the waiting list to join one of our Youth Theatre groups. Please download the CFYT Waiting List Application Form below, fill in and send to the details at the bottom of the form.

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It was amazing to see my son performing with such confidence.

Youth Theatre Parent

Tech Youth Theatre is an amazing, hands on experience and I loved every moment I was there

Technical Youth Theatre Member

The session was so much fun – my tummy hurt from all the laughing

Youth Theatre Member