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 be selected as a finalist in the 2021/22 Visit England’s Awards following winning gold Beautiful South Awards for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism and Broadway World UK Accessibility Champion in 2022. We also won Beautiful South Awards for Customer Service Superstar in 2019 and Access and Inclusivity in 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 - CFT is a place that children and their parents can enjoy together. Make yourself at home in our Family Friendly spaces, take part in awesome activities and have a whale of a time watching a show. 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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When Chichester Festival Theatre opened in 1962, it was Britain’s first modern thrust stage theatre. The brainchild of a local optician, Leslie Evershed-Martin, it was effectively ‘crowdfunded’ by local individuals and businesses: a theatre built by the community for the community, an ethos which still stands today. Between 1962-65, under its first artistic director Laurence Olivier, CFT provided the nucleus for the newly established National Theatre company.

A major project to restore and upgrade the Grade II* listed Festival Theatre was completed in 2014, and the Theatre now proudly matches its world-class artistic reputation with world-class facilities and spaces.

Over the past six decades, myriad productions originated at Chichester have transferred to the West End or toured nationally and internationally, from musicals to significant new plays and classic revivals. In 2022, when CFT celebrates its 60th anniversary, Daniel Evans's Festival 2021 production of South Pacific will open at Manchester Opera House followed by a run at Sadler's Wells, and then a UK and Ireland tour. Jonathan Church's production of Singin' in the Rain will also be on UK tour and in Toronto.

Festival 2022 marks our diamond anniversary and we have a sparkling season lined up. There are no less than six world premiere productions, three musicals and a host of enticing dramas; not to mention a jam-packed roster of community and digital events celebrating 60 years of CFT. Join the celebration!

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.

Entrance into the public building is free. CFT also run Backstage Tours, Talks and participatory events. Please get in touch 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.


  • Chichester Festival Theatre

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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