Gives me the chance to have fun and enjoy the company of like-minded people


I've enjoyed getting theatre back in to my life after many years away


It's nice to be more fun and extrovert, when life has made us "grown-up" over the years!


Our year-round programme of community events includes everything from classes to talks and tours to festivals and family fun. Whether you are looking to build your confidence, gain new skills or to discover more about the Theatre and productions we hope you’ll find something of interest to you. 

Living well with dementia

Here at Chichester Festival Theatre Mind, Body Sing! sessions are open to everyone, and designed specifically with those living with dementia and their carers in mind. We also host Dementia Friends sessions which are open to anyone who would like to learn more about what it is like to live with dementia.

For more information about any of our activities please email

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Community projects for adults

Our programme of weekly activities for adults aims to welcome as wide and diverse an audience as possible, and we believe there is something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in performing or gaining new creative skills, we invite you to Get Into It!

All sessions during Autumn 2019 start in the week commencing 23 September, and run until the week commencing 2 December (no sessions during half term w/c 28 October). We accept new members up until the half term point in each term, please contact if you are looking to start after the first session of term.

See all of our Community Projects for adults

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Talks and Discussions

Come to our range of talks designed to complement the season programme. Join the cast and creative teams for pre- and post-show talks offering extra insight into how productions develop from thoughts and ideas, through the rehearsal process, to the performance you see on stage.

Listen again to previous pre- and post-show talks in our Talks Archive.

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Theatre Tours

Join us on one of our 60-minute tours exploring the radical architecture and gravity-defying engineering of this ground-breaking building.

Meet in the Festival Theatre foyer before splitting into smaller groups to discover the restored auditorium and newly upgraded backstage areas. Our Renewed Theatre is fully accessible. Please let us know when booking if you or anyone in your group has any particular requirements.

In addition to our public tours, we offer a bespoke tours option for School and Community groups of 10 or more. To discuss a bespoke tour for your group, please email

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We offer a variety of heritage activities that enable people to engage with our building and history in different ways. Our vibrant heritage work depends on the continued support of valued volunteers, and offers opportunities to gain skills, meet new people and develop confidence.

We are always keen to expand our volunteering pool and would love to hear from individuals of all abilities and backgrounds who are interested in the Theatre and its history.

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Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign that promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of action every October created by, for and with local people. The event includes free events, workshops and activities for all ages. This year our Fun Palaces event will take place on Sunday 6 October. 

Fun Palaces 2018


FestivALL is an annual event which celebrates the talents and abilities of local people with additional needs. Our first event was held in March 2018 in the Minerva Theatre, and in 2019 we were delighted to bring the second annual FestivALL to the Riverside Theatre at Chichester College.

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