Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres with an international reputation for producing work of the highest quality, ranging from large-scale musicals to distinguished dramas.
The newly refurbished Festival Theatre reopened in 2014, following the completion of a major project to restore and upgrade its Grade II* listed building. With a transformed auditorium, increased seating capacity, more spacious foyer areas with new cafés, bars and outdoor terraces, as well as improved and expanded artist facilities, Chichester Festival Theatre has proudly matched its world-class artistic reputation with world-class spaces.
The 2014 season included two highly acclaimed Broadway musicals, Guys and Dolls and Gypsy, alongside compelling new plays and classic dramas including Amadeus with Rupert Everett as Salieri, Pressure, Taken at Midnight and Stevie.
Taken at Midnight, Stevie and Gypsy all transfered to London during 2015.
During the last year, Chichester Festival Theatre productions have continued to be seen by the widest possible audience beyond West Sussex. Barnum and Pitcairn both undertook UK tours, while Singin’ in the Rain has toured throughout the UK and internationally. The Pajama Game and Another Country played limited seasons in the West End and The Last Confession toured America, Canada and Australia.
Alongside its productions, the Theatre has a much-valued programme of learning and participation work. It has built and strengthened connections within the community through Youth Theatre groups, classes in writing, dance, and drama for a variety of ages, and Heritage activities to document its rich history.
Chairman - Sir William Castel
Artistic Director - Jonathan Church
Executive Director - Alan Finch