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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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Post-Show Talk: Taken at Midnight

Author Kate Mosses interviews Penelope Wilton about playing Irmgard Litten in Mark Hayhurst's World Premiere. Recorded in the Minerva Theatre, 16 October

Pre-Show Talk: Gypsy

With Director Jonathan Kent. Recorded in the Festival Theatre, 13 October 2014

Pre-show Talk: Taken At Midnight

With Writer Mark Hayhurst. Recorded in the Minerva Theatre, 1 October.

Pre-show Talk: Guys and Dolls

With Director Gordon Greenberg. Recorded in the Festival Theatre, 14 August.

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Pre-show Talk: Pitcairn

With Writer Richard Bean and Director Max Stafford-Clark Recorded in the Minerva Theatre, 27 August.

Winter Season Audio Brochure Video

Welcome to our audio description of our Winter Season brochure. Our programme is a diverse mix of drama, comedy, dance and children's shows as well as music and arts events.

Pitcairn: Hear from the Audience

With salty humour and growing horror, Richard Bean charts the what happened after the Mutiny of the Bounty - a descent from a new Eden to brutal dystopia. Pitcairn is now playing in the Minerva Theatre until 20 September 2014. Listen to what our audience members have said about the play.

RENEW: Changes

Find out how the theatre has changed for the better for those working in and visiting the theatre.

RENEW: New Spaces

Hear about the new improvements to theatre's foyer, auditorium, access facilities, new cafes, bars and more.

Pitcairn trailer - Chichester Festival Theatre/ Shakepeare's Globe/ Out Of Joint co-production

Book your tickets here: New play by Richard Bean. A co-production of Chichester Festival Theatre, Out of Joint and Shakespeare's Globe. 22 Aug - 20 Sep 2014 'It is as if we find ourselves at the beginning of time. Man and Woman in a natural state. Let Tahiti be our model where men live without a sense of vice, without prejudices, without disputes. And let the kelson of our society be love.’ Watch interviews with writer, cast and director here: For more information go to:

Guys and Dolls Rehearsal Trailer

Watch the latest trailer for the upcoming production of the award winning Guys and Dolls. Showing at the Chichester Festival Theatre 11 August - 21 September. See the production page here:

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.

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.

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