Our award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT) engages over 800 young people in weekly sessions 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. Open to members from 5 to 25, CFYT is for anyone who wants to discover new skills, build confidence, make friends and have fun!
Chichester Festival Theatre's youth theatre is one of the finest in the countrySusan Elkin, journalist and author
CFYT is the highlight of my weekYouth 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.
Groups and Locations
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!
Groups are run in:
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
Fill in the form below to submit a waiting list application. Please note that although you are very welcome to submit a waiting list application, we may be processing spaces at a slower rate due to the impact of COVID-19 on our session sizes.
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 thereTechnical Youth Theatre Member
The session was so much fun – my tummy hurt from all the laughingYouth Theatre Member