Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

The People of Oz - CFYT Company of The Wizard of Oz in rehearsal


Our award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT) welcomes young people in weekly sessions at CFT and at our seven 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. Open to ages 5 to 25, CFYT is for anyone who wants to discover new skills, build confidence, make friends and have fun! 

Want to join our Youth Theatre? Click here to submit a waiting list application.

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

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. In recent years the Christmas production has become a highlight of the season, giving members the experience of performing on the Festival Theatre stage 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.

A scene from Chichester Festival Youth Theatre's Pinocchio

Groups and Locations

CFYT sessions take place in Chichester as well as at our seven satellite locations -  BillingshurstBognor RegisBurgess HillHorsham, Littlehampton, Midhurst and Worthing

Alongside drama sessions we also offer Youth Dance, Musical Theatre, Technical 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!

Membership costs £70 per term (bursaries available). If you’d like to find out more or have any questions about our Youth Theatre please email us at

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

Youth Theatre Member

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

Joining CFYT

If you'd like to join CFYT then fill in the form below to submit a waiting list application and we'll get back to you as soon as we're able to. Our Summer Term 2022 begins w/c 25 April.