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.


Great for Groups

  • Discounts for groups of 8+ and 40+
  • Extra discounts on Mondays / Tuesdays
  • Dedicated groups line 01243 812909
  • Pre-bookable ice creams
  • 4 week reservation period
  • Bespoke tours available
  • Special offers from our caterers
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Festival 2019

This season we offer a real breadth of work, from powerful new writing in the Minerva Theatre to the captivating and classic pieces on our main stage, as well as an exciting third space, The Spiegeltent – more details to be revealed on that later in the season. We have a musical in the Minerva this year in addition to our summer centrepiece, Oklahoma! in the Festival Theatre; and a brand new family-friendly production in the autumn, which we hope will be an introduction to theatre for many young people.

See what's on in Festival 2019


Group Tickets Booking

How to book
Please email groups@cft.org.uk or call our dedicated Groups Booking Line on 01243 812909.

Small groups of up to 10 seats can now book and pay for their tickets online. There is no reservation option for this method of booking.

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).

Food and Drink Booking

Early Bird Tea/Coffee and Cake*
Arrive before a matinee and enjoy tea or coffee and a delicious freshly made cake in The Foyle Terrace for just £4 per person.  

Post-Show Dining* 
Why wait for your coach in the foyer – join us after the evening show in the warm and inviting Minerva Bar & Grill for a menu of sharing plates, light options, desserts and drinks. 

*Only available for groups of 8+. Must be booked in advance and at the same time. Subject to availability.

Email dining@cft.org.ukor call 01243 782219 (booking line open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm) to discuss availability.


Pricing for Festival 2019 productions

Groups 8+

Monday and Tuesday:
Festival Theatre £29 per ticket
Minerva Theatre £25 per ticket
Wednesday – Friday: £5 off each ticket.

Groups 40+

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

School and College Groups 10+ 

Monday – Friday performances: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid.

Find out more about working with our Learning, Education and Participation team on our Education Page.

Please note that discounts do not apply to Previews or Press Nights, or to the lowest two prices in the Festival Theatre.


Before your visit

Download the Group Visit Welcome pack and take an online tour of CFT

Remember, you don't need to queue if you pre-order your ice creams with your booking.

Arriving by coach

The coach drop-off point is outside the Festival Theatre.

Coach parking is in Via Ravenna (formerly Cathedral Way). View Chichester Council’s Where to Park Map

Please read our Group Visit Welcome pack for important information about bringing a Coach Group to Chichester Festival Theatre.

Need more information?

Please refer to the Welcome pack or email groups@cft.org.uk

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Group Visit Welcome Pack