Chichester Festival Theatre


Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6AP

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Chichester Festival Theatre is committed to making sure everyone is able to enjoy the best possible experience. We were delighted to win Beautiful South Awards for Access and Inclusivity in 2017 and 2018 and continue to make accessibility part of our organisation’s DNA.

A team of knowledgeable and trained staff run our Access List which allows us to tailor bookings for customers with disabilities to meet their needs and ensure that their experience at the theatre is as enjoyable as possible. We offer a 40% discount for people with disabilities and their companion. Both Theatres are fully accessible and we offer a range of access performances and services.

We continually review our facilities and services with an aim to improve and exceed our audience’s expectations. A multi-departmental team works together with the purpose of improving our access provisions, discussing new ideas and reporting back on actions to ensure progress. We also run a regular Access Forum for audiences to feedback directly. 

We are also a Dementia Friendly Theatre, a member of the Family Arts Standards, and an early adopter of the Age Friendly standards. We pride ourselves on being Family Friendly, with baby changing facilities (in female, male and disabled toilets), special refreshments and high chairs for little ones in our café.   

Our attitude is to go beyond our visitor’s expectations to make their experience at CFT the best it can be. We look forward to welcoming all of our customers.

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Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people. Situated in a cathedral city in West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, the Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.

Three highlights of the Festival 2017 season transferred to London in 2018: the musical Caroline, Or Change, which transferred to London’s Hampstead Theatre in March 2018 and will run at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre from November 2018; Ian McKellen in King Lear, which transferred to the West End in July 2018 and was broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live; and Daniel Evans’s production of Quiz, a new play by James Graham, which transferred to the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre in April 2018.

Other recent West End transfers from Chichester (as originating producer) include Half A Sixpence (Noël Coward Theatre), Young Chekhov (National Theatre), Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre), Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Gypsy (Savoy Theatre), Stevie (Hampstead Theatre), Private Lives (Gielgud Theatre) and Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre). 

Rooted firmly in its community, the Theatre runs a Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) programme that is a beacon of excellence and inspiration to its local audience, as well as being home to one of the country’s largest youth theatres with over 800 members.

Autism Friendly

CFT strives to be autism-friendly and has a range of events and schemes on offer to make your visit as welcoming and friendly as possible.

Our relaxed performances welcome individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre experience. The performances are adapted in a variety of ways to create a welcoming, less formal environment including a chill out area, adjusted lighting and sound and a relaxed attitude to audience noise during the performance

The CFT Buddies scheme is a free companion service for audience members who may not feel comfortable attending the theatre on their own or need a little extra support on their visit.

Our renowned Chichester Festival Youth Theatre offers sessions for young people with additional needs in both Chichester and Horsham.


A list of CFT's accessible performances can be found here.



Guide Prices

Adult £10 - £40
Child Half price of top three price bands
Family - Available on top three price bands; up to four under 16s can attend half price with one full paying adult. T&Cs apply.
Access List Member - a 40% discount for people with disabilities and their companion is available – please apply for the Access List or contact us for more information.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Autism Friendly
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted
  • First Aid

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Coach Parking Offsite
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Free Entry

Special Offers

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Car Chichester is easily accessible by road. The M27 and A27 run along the coast, linking Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. The M3, A3, A29, A259 and A24 connect Portsmouth, Southampton, Mid-Sussex and London. Use the map above for directions to Chichester Festival Theatre.

Parking Northgate Car Park is a 900-space pay and display car park next to the Theatre which charges from 8am until 8pm Monday - Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays. In addition to cash, contactless and card payments, you can also pay using the MiPermit app.

On matinee days Northgate car park can get very busy as it is well placed for city centre shoppers in addition to Theatre patrons. Please allow plenty of time to park and consider alternative car parks in Chichester. You can find more information at

Parking for disabled patrons Blue Badge holders can park anywhere in Northgate Car Park free of charge. There are 9 non-reservable spaces close to the Theatre entrance. Visit Chichester District Council for other available car parks

There is a 'drop off' area in front of the Festival Theatre which can be accessed from the Broyle Road

Public Transport Directions

Rail Chichester Station is a 20 minute walk from the theatre, with regular direct links to London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant. Call 08457 484950 for timetables and other details or visit

Bus The number 60 operated by Stagecoach stops near the Theatre. Please visit Stagecoach for more information.

Bicycle Chichester Festival Theatre is now linked to the city’s cycle lane network and our new bike park accommodates 26 bicycles, located adjacent to the Pimlott Building, just off the Theatre’s access road, off Broyle Road.

To plan your journey from door to door on public transport visit for the quickest route.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 18:00

* Closing times are 6pm if no show (approx 11pm if evening performance)

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