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 purchased online with group discount
  • Pre-book your ice creams and save queuing
  • Special offers from our caterers

Group booking is now open. 

For South Pacific mid-week matinees are very limited and best availability is 30 August - 5 September.

The Long Song will now be staged in the Festival Theatre, meaning more opportunities for your group to see this world premiere of internationally-acclaimed novelist Andrea Levy's award-winning book of the same name.


Groups 8+*

Monday and Tuesday: £29 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+* 

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

*Excludes Previews, Press Night and the lowest two prices

Find out more about about Learning, Education and Participation at CFT. 

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.

At socially distanced performances, all tickets within a group must be purchased in one transaction, by one booker, and any seating requirements must be discussed at the time of reservation.

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