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