Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

Our Youth Theatre team are currently working on plans for the autumn term and how we may be able to facilitate sessions from September onwards. If you are a current CFYT member you should have received an email from us, but if you have any immediate questions please email

Whilst we are working on ways that we can support our community, take a look at some ways you can Get Creative with CFT at home. We look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you all back as soon as we can.

Remote Arts Award

We’ve created digital resource packs so that our members can complete an Arts Award project from home over the coming weeks. You can do this just for fun, or if you would like to have your Arts Award moderated and receive a certificate there will be a small fee. Visit our Remote Arts Award page to find out more.

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 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.

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:

  • Chichester
  • Billingshurst
  • Bognor Regis
  • Burgess Hill
  • Horsham
  • Lancing
  • Littlehampton
  • Midhurst
  • Worthing

Joining CFYT

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 there

Technical Youth Theatre Member

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

Youth Theatre Member