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Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre, located in Chichester, Sussex, England, was designed by Philip Powell and Hidalgo Moya, and opened by its founder Leslie Evershed-Martin in 1962. Subsequently the smaller and more intimate Minerva Theatre was built nearby in 1989.
The inaugural Artistic Director was Sir Laurence Olivier, and it was at Chichester that the first National Theatre company was formed. Chichester's productions would transfer to the NT's base at the Old Vic in London. The opening productions in 1962 were: The Chances by John Fletcher which opened on 3 July; The Broken Heart, by John Ford, opened 9 July; Uncle Vanya, by Anton Chekov, opened 16 July. Among the actors in the opening season were: Lewis Casson, Fay Compton, Joan Greenwood, Rosemary Harris, Kathleen Harrison, Keith Michell, André Morell, John Neville, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Michael Redgrave, Athene Seyler, Sybil Thorndike and Peter Woodthorpe.
The Festival Season runs from April to September and includes productions from classics to contemporary writing and musicals.
During this time the theatre also puts on outdoor promenade performances and organises other festival events including cabaret and comedy nights. A range of events is designed to add to the experience of visiting the theatre, including platform events, family days and talks.

Contact Chichester Festival Theatre

Get involved with shows at the Chichester Festival Theatre:

Chichester Festival Theatre 08:40 on 17th June Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Angels in Panto.


Chichester Festival Theatre 04:14 on 15th June Facebook

Hi @Camdram! Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Pirates of St John's.


Chichester Festival Theatre 01:04 on 13th June Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Surviving Addenbrooke's.


Chichester Festival Theatre 00:56 on 12th June Facebook

Hi @Camdram! Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Waiting for Oxford.


Chichester Festival Theatre 09:58 on 10th June Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre wants you to buy tickets for Who's Afraid of St John's.


Chichester Festival Theatre 17:10 on 7th June Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Much Ado About St John's.


Chichester Festival Theatre 09:42 on 6th June Facebook

Chichester Festival Theatre is excited to announce Much Ado About Amsterdam.


Chichester Festival Theatre 09:52 on 4th June Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Much Ado About Oxford.


Chichester Festival Theatre 13:41 on 31st May Facebook

Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Pirates of the Van of Life.


Chichester Festival Theatre 05:46 on 30th May Facebook

Chichester Festival Theatre has some great news! We're performing Who's Afraid of Philosophy.


Chichester Festival Theatre 00:52 on 30th May Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is A Streetcar Named Oxford.


Chichester Festival Theatre 05:19 on 26th May Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is The Merchant of Addenbrooke's.


Chichester Festival Theatre 23:59 on 21st May Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre is excited to announce Waiting for Week 5.


Chichester Festival Theatre 06:16 on 17th May Twitter

Chichester Festival Theatre has some great news! We're performing Three Men in St John's.


Shows

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Past shows

See all the shows that have been performed here at the venue history page.