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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.

Get involved with shows at the Chichester Festival Theatre:
  • Sweet Charity is holding auditions: in Random Location 1 from 18:45 to 18:45 on Tue 28th Jan - more details
  • 42nd Street is holding auditions: in Random Location 50 from 10:45 to 10:45 on Wed 29th Jan - more details
  • Richard II is looking for: Costume Designer, Director, Production Manager - more details
  • Beauty and the Beast is looking for: Master Carpenter, Publicity Designer, Publicist, Set Designer, Costume Designer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Technical Director, Producer, Sound Designer - more details
  • Chicago is looking for: Publicity Designer, Costume Designer, Set Designer, Producer, Production Manager - more details
  • Three Sisters is looking for: Production Manager, Set Designer, Director, Lighting Designer, Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Publicist, Sound Designer, Producer - more details
  • 42nd Street is looking for: Costume Designer, Production Manager, Director, Master Carpenter, Lighting Designer, Publicity Designer - more details
  • The Misanthrope is looking for: Production Manager, Publicist, Publicity Designer, Producer, Master Carpenter, Sound Designer, Director - more details
  • The Mousetrap is looking for: Master Carpenter, Technical Director, Sound Designer, Set Designer, Publicist - more details
  • Mame is looking for: Master Carpenter, Publicity Designer, Sound Designer, Set Designer, Producer - more details
  • Lysistrata is looking for: Publicist, Costume Designer, Sound Designer, Production Manager, Director, Lighting Designer, Master Carpenter, Technical Director, Producer, Set Designer - more details
  • Sweet Charity is looking for: Sound Designer, Production Manager, Costume Designer, Lighting Designer, Publicist, Producer, Master Carpenter - more details
  • Godspell has announced: Random text 39 – more details
  • Three Sisters has announced: Random text 21 – more details

Shows

  • Sun 1 Mar
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  • Sun 12 Apr
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  • Sun 19 Jul
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  • Sun 8 Nov
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  • Sun 13 Dec
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  • Sun 10 Jan
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  • Sat 23 Jan

Past shows

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