Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

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.

2015 marked the 30th anniversary of CFYT. It was a particularly exciting year for the youth theatre as they received their first review from a national critic, for their summer promenade production of Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild. As a result of the hard work of the CFYT company, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre redeveloped the production for its professional premiere in May 2016 and UK tour from February 2017. Dale Rooks, CFT’s Education and Youth Theatre Director, joined with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader, to direct the co-production.

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. All Youth Theatre members are invited to audition for CFYT productions, which are enjoyed by tens of thousands of audience members each year, giving members the experience of performing in a professional standard production.

Membership is £60 per term but bursaries are available. Please email or contact the LEAP team on 01243 784437 for more information.

CFYT Join us.

'Ambitious, imaginative and breathtakingly achieved. Catch it while you can'

THE TIMES on Running Wild

'Deserves to take its place amongst the best offerings in the Chichester season'


Summer Term Dates:

w/c 16 April – w/c 9 July

There will be no sessions 28 May - 2 June due to the half term break, and no session on 7 May due to the Bank Holiday.


Below are the days and times for all CFYT groups for the 2017/18 academic year. If you are interested in becoming a member of CFYT, please call the Learning, Education and Participation department on 01243 784437 or email

Mondays - Youth Theatre for Year 6 and Year 10
Tuesdays - Youth Theatre for Year 8, Year 12 and Year 13
Wednesdays - Youth Theatre for Year 7
Wednesdays - Technical Youth Theatre for Year 10+
Wednesdays - CFYT Musical Theatre for Year 11+
Wednesdays - Youth Theatre for Year 11
Thursdays - Youth Dance for Year 5 to Year 10
Thursdays - Youth Theatre for Year 9 and Year 11
Fridays - CFYT Fridays for Young people and adults with disabilities
Saturdays - CFYT Starters for Reception to Year 5
Saturdays - Musical Theatre for Year 2 to Year 4


BILLINGSHURST - at The Weald School
Fridays - 4pm to 5pm, Year 6 to Year 9
Fridays - 5pm to 6.30pm, Year 10 to Year 13

BOGNOR REGIS - at University of Chichester, Bognor Regis Campus
Tuesdays - 6pm to 7.30pm, Year 6 to Year 9
Tuesdays - 7.30pm to 9pm, Year 10 to Year 13

BURGESS HILL - at The Burgess Hill Academy
Tuesdays - 6pm to 7.30pm, Year 6 to Year 9
Tuesdays - 7.30pm to 9pm, Year 10 to Year 13

HORSHAM - at The Capitol, Horsham
CFYT Wednesdays for young people and adults with disabilities - 5.45pm to 7pm
Wednesdays - 4.00pm to 5.30pm, Year 6 to Year 9
Wednesdays - 7.00pm to 8.30pm, Year 10 to Year 13

LANCING - at Sir Robert Woodard Academy
Mondays - 5pm to 6.30pm, Year 6 to Year 13

LITTLEHAMPTON - at Angmering Village Hall
Wednesdays - 6pm to 7.30pm, Year 6 to Year 9
Wednesdays - 7.30pm to 9pm, Year 10 to Year 13

MIDHURST - at Midhurst Rother Valley College
Mondays - 6pm to 7.30pm, Year 6 to Year 9
Mondays - 7.30pm to 9pm, Year 10 to Year 13

WORTHING - at Worthing Theatres
Tuesdays - 6.00pm to 7.30pm

CFYT Rehearsals.
CFYT Productions.
CFYT Outdoor performances.