Gemma Sangster as Beauty, Hal Darling as the Beast & members of CFYT in Beauty and the Beast. Credit: Photo Pete Jones.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

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

Susan Elkin, journalist and author

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.

CFYT is the highlight of my week

Youth Theatre member

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

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

CFYT also offers Youth Dance, Musical Theatre, Technical Youth Theatre and sessions for young people with additional needs (these groups are CFYT Wednesdays in Horsham and CFYT Friday in Chichester); so choose a group that's right for you and join us!

Groups and Locations

Below are the days and times for all CFYT groups for the 2018/19 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

Summer Term Dates:

w/c 23 April – Tuesday 16 July

There will be no sessions 27 May - 1 June due to the half term break.

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

Groups are run in:

  • Chichester
  • Billingshurst
  • Bognor Regis
  • Burgess Hill
  • Horsham
  • Lancing
  • Littlehampton
  • Midhurst
  • Worthing
Cfyt Timetable 2018 19.

In the first instance please contact the Learning, Education and Participation department on 01243 784437 or email 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