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Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, CHICHESTER, West Sussex, PO19 6AP
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Woman In Mind
From:23-09-2022
To:15-10-2022
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Alan Ayckbourn’s dazzling black comedy takes us on a dizzying journey through the looking glass into a woman’s mind. A knock on the head from a garden rake splits Susan’s world in two. Which of her lives is real? And is Susan in control of either of them? Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell plays Susan.

Local Hero
From:08-10-2022
To:19-11-2022
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This new musical version of Local Hero will win devotees from admirers of the beloved Bill Forsyth film as well as those coming fresh to this funny and enchanting story. The book by David Greig features new songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straits). It’s directed by CFT’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans.

The Famous Five
From:21-10-2022
To:12-11-2022
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The Famous Five are on a daring mission with the future of the planet at stake! Based on Enid Blyton’s multi-million-selling novels, this brand new musical written by Elinor Cook, with music and lyrics by Theo Jamieson, is an exciting and heart-warming family treat celebrating adventure, bravery and friendship for everyone aged 7+. A co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Tamara Harvey.

BBC CO Barbra Streisand Celebration
From:18-11-2022
To:18-11-2022
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In her 80th birthday year the BBC Concert Orchestra and top vocalists Katie Birtill, Louise Dearman and Graham Bickley salute Broadway and Hollywood icon Barbra Streisand.

One of the best-selling artists of all time, with 145 million records sold worldwide, she has won countless awards, including two Oscars, ten Grammys, five Emmys and nine Golden Globes. This special tribute features rich new orchestral treatments of her best-loved songs, including Evergreen, Tell Him, Don't Rain On My Parade and songs from Funny Girl. Plus successes from her film and stage career, and chart hits she had with Barry Gibb, Donna Summer, Celine Dion and the classic duet with Judy Garland.

Tim Peake: My Journey to Space
From:19-11-2022
To:04-03-2023
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Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an awe-inspiring ride.

Tim will be your personal guide through life in space, with unprecedented access, breath-taking photographs, and never-before-seen incredible footage. It’s a fascinating insight into what it’s really like to be an astronaut; from training to launch, spacewalk to re-entry, Tim reveals the secrets, the science and the everyday wonders of how and why humans journey into space.

Sharing his passion for aviation, exploration and adventure, this is your chance to spend an evening with one of the world’s greatest living astronauts, and to rediscover the wonder of the place we call home.

SIX
From:22-11-2022
To:27-11-2022
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From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

Think you know the rhyme, think again...

Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

Jina and the STEM Sisters
From:24-11-2022
To:25-11-2022
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This ‘witty and enlightening’ (Musical Theatre Review) musical created and performed by HMDT Music’s all-female team, will entertain and inspire children and adults alike! Join lost budding scientist Jina on her adventure home, empowered by some of history’s super-STEM women including digital-coder Ada Lovelace, glamorous inventor Hedy Lamarr, ‘radiating’ Marie Curie and pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison.

Mig and the Beanstalk
From:28-11-2022
To:28-11-2022
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An evening of flowers, fun and theatrical tales.

Mig combines 30 years of experience in the world of theatre as well as his extensive expertise working with flowers to present an evening of colourful stories and even more colourful arrangements. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn a few things about what life backstage is really like and you may even go home with one of Mig’s exquisite floral designs. You’ll certainly never see anything else quite like it!

Mrs Warren's Profession
From:29-11-2022
To:03-12-2022
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What is Mrs Warren’s profession? Mrs Warren’s daughter Vivie has never really known much about her mother. A sensible young woman, she has enjoyed a comfortable upbringing, a Cambridge education, a generous monthly allowance and now has ambitions to go into Law. Is it conceivable that her privilege and respectability has been financed from the profits of the world’s oldest profession? How will Vivie react when she finds out the startling truth about her mother’s business empire and that freedom comes at an emotional price?

Glisten
From:02-12-2022
To:04-12-2022
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Glisten is an interactive performance for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The audience are taken on a sparkling and shimmering immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in an ambient soundscape of evocative yet laid-back music. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance is over.

Christmas Concerts
From:05-12-2022
To:10-12-2022
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Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year as we enter the season in traditional style, with the exhilarating ensemble of The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines once again joining the rousing voices of the Cathedral Choir to present a beautifully wrapped musical celebration.

Customary carols sit alongside some traditional classics and new arrangements in a programme guaranteed to leave you full of Christmas cheer.

Dear Santa Live
From:10-12-2022
To:24-12-2022
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Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.

From the author of the well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell, comes Dear Santa and it’s live!

The Wind in the Willows
From:17-12-2022
To:31-12-2022
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Alan Bennett’s stage adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 story about the adventures of Mole, Ratty and Toad, has become a classic in its own right: faithful to the spirit of Grahame’s immortal characters while laced with Bennett’s inimitable wit, making this a delight for children and adults alike. Dale Rooks directs a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre show that perfectly combines humour and enchantment with a delicious shiver of danger. For ages 7+

Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley
From:07-01-2023
To:07-01-2023
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Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moomin Valley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Magical puppetry, an ingenious pop-up book set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling. Expect snow, surprises and plenty of Moomin mischief.

The Lavender Hill Mob
From:10-01-2023
To:14-01-2023
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The men who broke the bank and lost the cargo are back in this brand new, hilarious adaptation of the classic Ealing Comedy The Lavender Hill Mob.

This side-splittingly funny, fast-paced comedy tells the story of Henry Holland, an unassuming bank clerk who dreams of stealing the van full of gold bullion he drives across London each day. When Henry learns that his new lodger makes Eiffel Tower paperweights out of lead, he devises a plan to make his dream a reality. It’s a golden opportunity to pull off the crime of the century, they’d have to be fools to mess it up…

Judy Carmichael
From:14-01-2023
To:14-01-2023
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Grammy-nominated American pianist \ vocalist Judy Carmichael is one of the greatest interpreters of stride and swing piano in the world. She has played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Arondale Castle where she appeared with Lesley Garrett and the London Philharmonic and is frequently featured on radio and TV internationally including Loose Ends, In Tune, Up All Night, Woman’s Hour and numerous other shows for the BBC.

Pam Ayres
From:15-01-2023
To:15-01-2023
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Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for almost five decades. She will be performing a selection of poems and stories, old and new, from her many books, including Pam Ayres on Animals, which was the UK’s bestselling poetry book of 2021.

BBC CO Joe Stilgoe & Band
From:17-01-2023
To:17-01-2023
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Singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe presents his latest project, Theatre with the BBC Concert Orchestra, celebrating the greatest music of theatre in a thrillingly new and dynamic way.

Look forward to a carnival of theatrical experiences, where the stage and the orchestra meet without boundaries. The show is the thing, and with this show Joe celebrates theatre - the building, the experience, the drama, the laughs, the tears.

Featuring songs from Cabaret to Cats, and music by Sondheim, Frank Loesser and Joe Stilgoe himself, the orchestra is joined by players from the British jazz scene and guest singers from the world of theatre.

Gilbert & Sullivan Gala
From:19-01-2023
To:19-01-2023
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Trailblazers of their time, Gilbert & Sullivan’s repertoire remains unparalleled. Featuring favourites from The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Yeomen, Gondoliers and Iolanthe, plus some sparkling gems that may be less familiar, this gala concert performance will delight both Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados and newcomers alike.

Performed by singers from Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Garsington, Carl Rosa and D’Oyly Carte including Alexander Robin Baker, Rebecca Bottone, Barry Clark, Siân Dicker, Yvonne Howard, Lauren Joyanne Morris and Matthew Siveter with a 26 piece orchestra, led by conductor Martin Handley (ENO, BBC Concert Orchestra, Australian Opera and regular presenter for BBC Radio 3).

Looking For Me Friend
From:20-01-2023
To:20-01-2023
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Written and performed by Paulus of BBC’s All Together Now, Looking For Me Friend celebrates the music of the late comedy genius and national treasure Victoria Wood. Directed by multi-award winning Sarah‑Louise Young (An Evening Without Kate Bush) with Michael Roulston (Fascinating Aïda) on piano, Looking For Me Friend is a nostalgic tribute filled with love, laughter and fabulous memories for Victoria Wood fans.

The Bubble Show
From:21-01-2023
To:21-01-2023
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Join Mr. Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes.

An interactive and unique blend of magic, storytelling, and bubble art with bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles!

Actor, storyteller, and Guinness World Record holder, The Highland Joker, is one of the top bubble artists in the world, bringing you an award-winning bubble extravaganza!

Stewart Lee
From:21-01-2023
To:21-01-2023
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After a decade of ground-breaking high concept shows involving overarched interlinked narratives, massive sets and enormous comedy props, Lee enters the post-pandemic era in streamlined solo stand-up mode. One man, one microphone, and one microphone in the wings in case the one on stage breaks. Pure. Simple. Classic. Basic Lee. "The world's greatest living stand-up." (Times)

Girl From The North Country
From:24-01-2023
To:28-01-2023
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It’s 1934 in the heartland of America and we meet a group of wayward souls who cross paths in a time-weathered guesthouse. Standing at a turning point in their lives, they realise nothing is what it seems. But as they search for a future, and hide from the past, they find themselves facing unspoken truths about the present.

Jen Brister
From:26-01-2023
To:26-01-2023
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If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis. (Unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds.) Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been?

I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.

Georgia Cecile
From:28-01-2023
To:28-01-2023
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Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by Wonderland Magazine and Jazz FM, Georgia Cécile is at the helm of the new wave of UK jazz crossover artists.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
From:31-01-2023
To:04-02-2023
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Based on the Sunday Times bestseller which inspired one of this century’s most treasured films, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes us on a journey to India with an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life. The luxury residence is far from the opulence they were promised but, as their lives begin to intertwine, they are charmed in unexpected and life-changing ways.

Dotdotdot Dance - Blue Ghost
From:04-02-2023
To:04-02-2023
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A visual, dynamic and luminous contemporary flamenco dance show that leads us into the light and dark of our natural world through the beauty of the Blue Ghost Firefly. Rich, rhythmical and expressive flamenco meets live electronic music (Nick Rothwell, Cassiel) in a nostalgic celebration that reminds us of our interconnectedness and embraces our need for transformation; even the smallest creatures have an important part to play.

Mother Goose
From:07-02-2023
To:11-02-2023
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You can’t put on a panto in February right? Oh yes we can!

Running an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays, Mother Goose has a good, kind heart. But will unexpected money and fame get the better of her?! Mother Goose promises to be the ultimate theatrical feast – full of fun, laughter and more than a couple of surprises - get ready for good fairies, evil witches and gravity-defying poultry.

How Not to Drown
From:14-02-2023
To:18-02-2023
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In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. But the fight for survival continues as he clings to his identity and sense of self when he ends up in the British care system.

Bugsy Malone
From:15-02-2023
To:19-02-2023
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Prohibition era, New York. A city full of mobsters, showgirls and dreamers. Rival gangster bosses Fat Sam and Dandy Dan are at loggerheads. The custard pies are flying and Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the new-fangled “splurge” gun. Now, Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble!

Enter Bugsy Malone, a penniless one-time boxer and all-round nice guy. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey, but will he be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah and stay out of trouble long enough to help Fat Sam to defend his business...?

Chineke! Orchestra
From:20-02-2023
To:20-02-2023
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Praised for the special electricity of its 2021 Proms performance, the Chineke! Orchestra – Europe’s first majority-Black and ethnically diverse orchestra – has taken the world by storm with its exhilarating energy and infectious enthusiasm.

Founded in 2015 by the double bass player Chi‑chi Nwanoku CBE, Chineke! Orchestra will showcase works by Black and Indigenous musicians, from William Grant Still’s celebration of African-American experience to the blues energy of young US composer Valerie Coleman, alongside acclaimed pieces including Ravel and Ligeti.

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
From:21-02-2023
To:25-02-2023
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Direct from its triumph in the West End where it won the Laurence Olivier Award, Pride and Prejudice (sort of) is a unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story. Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this irreverent but affectionate adaptation, where the stakes couldn’t be higher when it comes to romance.

It’s the 1800s.
It’s party time.
Let the ruthless matchmaking begin.

Joseph Toonga - Born to Exist
From:24-02-2023
To:24-02-2023
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This Hip Hop Dance Theatre Production forms the third part of Joseph Toonga’s nationally acclaimed Hip Hop Dance trilogy that invites change, and a sense of overcoming the stigmas society holds towards ethnic minorities.

With an intersectional focus to show untold, underrepresented and individual journeys, Joseph combines his research with his own experiences and the cast to manifest what it means to be a human and show it in all its ugliness, beauty, contradictions and complexity.

Comedy Club 4 Kids
From:25-02-2023
To:25-02-2023
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Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups, sketch acts and cabaret stars from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of the entire audience claiming to be called Bob.

Transport

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 nationalrail.co.uk.

Parking

Northgate Car Park (PO19 6AA) 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.

Matinee days are particularly busy so please allow plenty of time.

Cafe

The Café in the Festival Theatre is a great spot for a light lunch or a good coffee, and also serves freshly made sandwiches, salads, delicious cakes, and a range of hot and cold drinks.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 10am until the end of the interval of the evening performance. On non-performance days The Café closes at 5pm.

Restaurant

The Brasserie on the ground floor of the Minerva Theatre is open for pre-show dining in new stylish and elegant surroundings. The restaurant serves a contemporary British menu using local and seasonal ingredients as well as an excellent choice of wines.

Opening times: 12.30pm - 2.30pm on matinee days and from 5.30pm for evening performances.

Bar

The Minerva Bar & Grill upstairs provides a more relaxed atmosphere, and offers both main meals and lighter food options.

Opening times: Open 90 minutes before performances.

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.cft.org.uk/your-visit/access

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.

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