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Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK's flagship theatres, with a national and international reputation for producing a wide range of theatrical productions, from musicals and comedies, to classic drama and innovative new writing. The theatre also boasts a growing programme of education and community initiatives, including a thriving youth theatre.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,604,079
  • 2013-2014: £1,640,973
  • 2014-2015: £1,816,000

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Pitcairn in Rehearsals

Go behind the scenes of Pitcairn, meet the cast and creatives in Rehearsal.

Pre Show Talk: Miss Julie / Black Comedy

Hear directly from the creative people behind the production in our Pre-Show Talks. Jamie Glover last appeared at Chichester in Festival 2013’s If Only and returns to make his CFT directorial debut with this double-bill. Lasting around 45 minutes, our one-off Pre-Show talks offer incredible insights into how productions develop from thoughts and ideas, through the rehearsal process, to the performance you see on stage. Hosted by novelist and Chichester Festival Theatre biographer Kate Mosse.

Pre-Show Talk: Amadeus

Hear directly from the creative people behind the production at our Pre-Show Talks. Jonathan Church is the Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre and directs Amadeus and Taken by Midnight in Festival 2014. Lasting around 45 minutes, our one-off pre-show talks offer incredible insights into how productions develop from thoughts and ideas, through the rehearsal process, to the performance you see on stage. The talk is hosted by Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story.

Festival Theatre backstage tour

Joshua McGuire (Mozart in Festival 2014's Amadeus) takes us on a tour of the restored Festival Theatre meeting some of his fellow cast members along the way.

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Meet the architects behind our restored Festival Theatre

We meet the Architects behind our restored Festival Theatre, plus go back to the 1960s to view footage from the original build.

Timelapse of the RENEW project

We have been filming the RENEW project from demolition to (almost) completion. See all 21 months of digging, repairs, installation, rewiring, redevelopment and restoration in just 3 minutes flat!

We're Back!

The Festival Theatre reopened on Saturday 12 July 2014 with a new production of Amadeus after its £22 million redevelopment.

Pressure Post-Show Late with Kate: David Haig

Novelist Kate Mosse interviews David Haig about both writing and starring in Pressure. Recorded in the Minerva Theatre, 16 June.

Pre-show talk: Pressure D-Day

with Andrew Charlton-Perez, Associate Professor of Meteorology at Reading University. Recorded in the Minerva Theatre, 6 June

Stevie Post-Show Late with Kate: Zoë Wanamaker

Novelist Kate Mosse chats to Zoë Wanamaker about playing the title role of Stevie Smith in Hugh Whitemore's award-winning play, Stevie. Stevie is plays in the Minerva Theatre until Saturday 24 May 2014.

Festival 2014 Audio Brochure Video

Welcome to our audio description of the Festival 2014 brochure. Our packed programme includes a major new production of Amadeus directed by Jonathan Church, two Broadway musicals, three world premieres which reveal a world of undiscovered histories, classic drama and much more.

The National Theatre Story

26 November 2013 Recent days have marked a watershed in the life of The National Theatre. It is a time to celebrate 50 years of history but also to anticipate the next chapter in the story, as Rufus Norris was unveiled as the hotly-anticipated successor to Nick Hytner. The National Theatre Story is the first and only authorised account of this iconic institution. Journalist and Broadcaster Daniel Rosenthal has enjoyed unrestricted access to the NT's archives, as well as over 100 new interviews with the likes of Alan Bennett, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and all four of Laurence Olivier's successors as director (Peter Hall, Richard Eyre, Trevor Nunn and Nick Hytner). Fresh from appearing in a string of BBC documentaries on the NT, Daniel will be joined by award-winning novelist, and author of Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty, Kate Mosse, for an illuminating discussion of half a century of drama, both on and off stage.

Audience Reaction to The Witches

What our audience members are saying about our Christmas production, The Witches. The Witches plays in the Minerva Theatre until 4 January 2013.

Jonathan Miller by Kate Bassett

Kate Bassett is a theatre critic and has written the first comprehensive biography of Jonathan Miller, In Two Minds. Comedian, television presenter, world-class director of theatre, opera and screen dramas, doctor and popular scientist, the multi-talented Miller cannot have been easily captured. Hear how Bassett distilled such a vast subject.

King Lear Audience Reaction

Listen to what audiences have been saying about King Lear (playing in the Minerva Theatre until 30 November 2013) so far.

The Witches rehearsal diaries

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre members filmed themselves in rehearsals for The Witches to introduce who they are and give us a taste of what to expect. The Witches plays in the Minerva Theatre from 7 December - 4 January

King Lear Trailer

The legendary American stage and screen actor Frank Langella plays Lear as Chichester Festival Theatre's Associate Director, Angus Jackson, brings Shakespeare's greatest tragedy to the intimacy of the Minerva Theatre for 32 performances only. The ageing Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, giving the biggest piece to the one who claims to love him most. When Cordelia, the youngest, refuses to match the false flattery of her sisters, she is banished from the kingdom. Having relinquished his power to Regan and Goneril, and tormented by his misjudgement, the increasingly frail Lear descends into grief-fuelled madness. King Lear plays in the Minerva Theatre from 31 October - 30 November (the only UK dates). Produced by James Ewart.

A Forum of Performing Arts and Education Reform

How will the proposed national education reforms affect what young people study in our region? Chichester Festival Theatre invited the Director of Learning from West Sussex County Council to outline the education reforms. alongside a panel of experts. Hosted by Kate Mosse.

Pre-show Talk: Another Country

Director Jeremy Herrin on Another Country. Recorded on 23 September in the Minerva Theatre.

Nevilles Island Time Lapse - Technical Fit Up

Curious to know how we created a Lake District island for Neville's Island? See the stage being created in just under a minute.

Pre-show Talk: Neville's Island

Playwright Tim Firth and Director Angus Jackson on staging Neville's Island. Recorded in the Minerva Theatre on 18 September, 6.00pm.

Neville's Island Audience Feedback

Thinking of coming to see Neville's Island (which plays in the Theatre in the Park until 28 September 2013)? Then why not hear what people think about the show?

RENEW: Topping Out Ceremony

We held a Topping Out ceremony with our construction company Osborne and all those involved with the RENEW project on Friday 13 September on the Festival Theatre site. Topping Out is the moment when a building project reaches the highest point of construction.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - Audience Reaction

We caught up with audience members watching Arturo Ui to see what they thought. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui plays in the Minerva Theatre until 14 September.

The cast of Neville's Island interview one another

The cast of Neville's Island (Adrian Edmondson, Rufus Hound, John Marquez and Tim McMullan) interview one another. Four out-of-condition, middle-aged businessmen, sent off on a team-building exercise, succeed in becoming the first people ever to get shipwrecked on an island in the Lake District. Bound in by fog, menaced by wildlife and without a mobile signal, this perfunctory middle-class exercise quickly descends into a carnival of recrimination, French cricket and sausages. What should have been a bonding process for Gordon, Angus, Roy and Neville turns into a muddy, bloody fight for survival. Because when night settles in, strange things happen out in the wilds. And when you've no mobile signal, no-one can hear you scream. None of this ill-matched little boardroom would ever forget what took place in the genuine dragons' den of a November weekend on Neville's island. Neville's Island plays in the Theatre in the Park 11 - 28 September 2013

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