Groups and Schools

Situated in the cathedral city of West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, Chichester Festival Theatre is internationally renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions. The Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.

With its light and spacious foyers and welcoming café, bars and restaurants, all with lovely views over Oaklands Park, Chichester is one of the country’s most loved and lively theatres.

We'd love to welcome your group to visit us.

Benefits for Groups

  • Discounts for groups of 8+ and 40+
  • Direct booking line 01243 812909 or email
  • Four week reservation period
  • Up to 10 seats can be purchased online with group discount
  • Pre-book your ice creams and save queuing
  • Special offers from our caterers

Festival 2022

To make a reservation please either email with your name, contact details and booking requirements, or call 01243 812909 and leave a message. 

We want you to be confident when booking your group tickets - read our COVID-guidelines for our latest advice.


For Festival 2022 productions: 

Groups 8+*

Monday and Tuesday:
Festival Theatre £30 per ticket (£25 per ticket for The Famous Five)
Minerva Theatre £26 per ticket
Wednesday – Friday: £5 off each ticket.

Groups 40+*

Wednesday to Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser.

School and College Groups 10+* 

Where applicable, available on selected performances, usually Monday – Friday performances and weekday matinees (unless otherwise specified): £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid.

*Excludes Previews and Press Nights

Find out more about our Education work

Booking your tickets

Email or leave a voice mail on 01243 781290.

Groups of 8+ don’t need to pay for tickets straight away – reserve the tickets and we can hold the reservation for up to four weeks after the reservation is made (unless the date falls less than two weeks prior to the performance).

Groups of up to 10 can purchase tickets online however there is no reservation option for this method of booking.

Read our FAQs about returning to the Theatre safely.

Discounts do not apply to Previews or Press Nights, or to the lowest two prices in the Festival Theatre. Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.

Group booking in The Brasserie

Group Visit Welcome Pack

Take a Tour

Make a day of it

Before your visit

Our Group Visit Welcome pack has everything you need to prepare for your visit. Why not take an online tour of CFT? Also remember, you don't need to queue if you pre-order your ice creams with your booking.

Travelling by coach?

The coach drop-off point is outside the Festival Theatre. Coaches can enter the site via Cala Torrent Road from Broyle Road. Coach parking is in Via Ravenna (formerly Cathedral Way). After dropping off, your driver should exit through the Northgate car park. Minibuses can park in North Gate Car Park if straddling two bays - extra parking tickets are recommended.

View Chichester Council’s Where to Park Map


If there's anything we can do to assist you, please email