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Looking to plan ahead to the summer holidays? Book a place on our workshops inspired by The Midnight Gang in Bognor and Littlehampton and join the gang!

Join us for a special Family Friendly Foyle where our wonderful Learning, Education and Participation team will provide FREE craft activities alongside the usual toys, books and colouring in fun.

Grown-ups can enjoy a barista coffees, delicious cakes and sandwiches, and there are healthy snacks and drinks for the kids from The Café nearby.

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Thu 10:00 AM UTC+01Chichester Festival TheatreChichester, United Kingdom
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Claire White
· February 9, 2018
A story you may wish to read prior to booking tickets for any production at this theatre.

I purchased tickets for my parents (aged 72 and 74) to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary to watch the... Winslow boy on Thursday 15th Feb. They were very much looking forward to it.

Unfortunately my mother has just been struck down with influenza. Naturally, I wanted to inform all relatives and friends of her condition and postpone any bookings she had in her diary next week to ensure she minimises contact with the general public.

Despite giving a week's notice, even after the extenuating circumstances and after significant pleading on my part unfortunately we are left in the unfortunate position of receiving a very curt, rude, and unforgiving "no refunds, no credit notes, no nothing" go away approach from both the reception team and management at this establishment. I don't normally feel an urge to write negative reviews about anything on social media however on this occasion given the circumstances, the occasion and the notice period I find the behaviour of the Chichester festival theatre completely unacceptable.
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Rosemary Hudson
· December 31, 2017
Just been to see the relaxed performance of Beauty and the Beast with our 3 children who all have Autism. It was amazing and we couldn't have asked for more - from the original help in choosing the ri...ght seats for our family to the description and introduction to the scary bits it all helped so much. Totally fabulous and we will be back again :-) See More
Katie Fewings
· December 17, 2017
Wow! What an amazing production Beauty & the Beast was. Such talented young people! Am sure some will go on to West End stardom :) Went with five other adults and six 6-8 yr olds and we all loved it. ...Some said it was better than Matilda in the West End! See More
Michael Begley
· May 10, 2018
Noel Cowards writing is quite brilliant, and Rufus Hound and the rest of the cast really do it justice. Probably the best Noel Coward production I have seen. Superb cast, clever set and just so much l...aughing!!! See More
Katy Swann
· February 4, 2018
Watched the jungle book last night and it was brilliant we really enjoyed the whole experience 2nd time been this year already hope to come see something new soon.
Valerie Evans
· August 27, 2017
Set in a lovely location and easily accessible on foot from city centre. There is also a large car park. The Restaurant offers good food with good service and again in lovely setting. The theatre is w...onderful and the programme extensive. We saw Fiddler on the Roof and it was amazing. When we left after the show the area was lit up with lights in the trees and it was magical. If you visit the city you must go to the theatre. However, best to book in advance as every show is a full house. See More
Mary Lumb
· December 18, 2017
My daughter and I have just been to see CFYT’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Outstanding performances from all of the cast and a seamless backstage crew. Thank you so much, we thoroughly enjoyed... the show. Excellent, you unsurprisingly had a full house! See More
Sue Barrett-Wren
· February 11, 2018
We went to see The Winslow Boy at Chi FT last night and absolutely loved it. It was brilliantly performed by all, was totally absorbing, touching, funny and moving. Thank you all.
Jim Lush
· April 30, 2018
Loved every minute of Perfect Laughter. Rufus Hound is extraordinary in this. So well played and the batty housekeeper was a hoot!!
Joanne Emmins
· January 31, 2018
Just been to see Jungle Book with my 2 daughters (24 & 13) and husband...absolutely loved it the cast were all brilliant and the singing fantastic strongly recommend it �
Marina Kitchen
· August 20, 2017
Went to see Fiddler in the Roof. It was fabulous and an emotional rollercoaster which is all credit to the actors. Very funny and comedic with great traditional music and dance and what felt to be an ...authentic representation of the beginning of an historical atrocity. The show will owe its success to the cast who brought alive a story with minimal aid from props and costumes- Bravo to Omid, Tracy and the crew. See More
Brett Seath
· August 26, 2017
Went to see 'Fiddler on the Roof' - stunning, one of the best openings I have seen in years, well done. We have been coming here for the past four years to see the big show and we are never disappoin...ted. The theatre staff are welcoming, friendly and obviously enjoying their jobs, the theatre itself is excellent, the gin is tasty - overall, we look forward to our annual trip. See More
Lynne Joyce
· September 3, 2017
Fiddler on the Roof was truely exceptionall and I enjoyed it from the very start until the end when I was reduced to tears. The singing and performances were excellent, as were the musicians, ensuring... I sat there totally in the moment, emersed in the experience. Worth every penny and the time taken to travel to Chichester (and the difficulty in parking). See More
Rachael Egan
· August 29, 2017
Wonderful theatre. Sight lines are an issues, but I wouldn't say it's a massive issue.
The staff are amazing! We were greeted out of our taxi by a man who opened he door for us and At the end of the ...show the same man escorted us to our taxi! (which we would have struggled to find amongst all the other taxi's) See More
Emma Bevan
· September 3, 2017
Fiddler on the Roof was brilliant, amazing, funny, and more. I thought the production was innovative - whilst maintaining a tradition (al) � story. I've not been to the festival theatre for about 30 y...ears since I'd moved away - but I was impressed with friendly staff and good service. Seating was good. We will definitely go back. Brilliant evening all round. See More
Zoe Herdman
· August 24, 2017
I went to see Fiddler on the Roof last night (23rd August 2017). I planned a few days away with a friend in Chichester, partly because I wanted to see this production. It is probably my favourite mus...ical (along with Guys and Dolls).
I've seen many productions of Fiddler over the years, professional and amateur.

Overall, I loved it. Omid Djallili doesn't have the most spectacular of voices, but he was born to play Tevye. He is mesmerising to watch and had the audience in the palm of his hand; his comic timing is perfect; he can do the full range of emotions demanded by the part and the "big numbers" were everything you wanted them to be. A tour de force.
Tracey Ann Oberman had a rich, deep voice and sang and acted beautifully.
I was particularly struck by Simbe Akande as Tzeitel. She brought a depth to the character I have never seen before (as well as having a very good voice). Tzeitel can sometimes be a slightly one-dimensional character who you rather forget after her marriage to Motel, but I was riveted by her throughout in this performance. I think Simbe is someone to watch!

Chava is my favourite of all the sisters, and I absolutely love the performance by Neva Small in the film (such a sweet face) to the extent that I often expect to be a bit disappointed by other portrayals. But Rose Shalloo was excellent and gave an affecting and touching performance, which brought out Chava's studious side.
I was disappointed by the portrayal of Lazar Wolf, who I think was wrongly cast. Gareth Snook seemed too slight in build to be a butcher! I was also very disappointed by the Rabbi. I'm afraid he came over as a bit of a "joke" character, and not a revered member of the community. He is described by Tevye as "our beloved Rabbi", but it was hard to see why. And he seemed to be wearing a terrible wig, which looked frankly a bit ridiculous. I was disappointed that the Fiddler himself was not used more. In other productions, I've seen him appear at key moments during Tevye's story, in a rather haunting way. Imho, the Fiddler should both start and end the show.

The staging was excellent. The ring of fire at the end of the dream sequence was spectacular, and the ending was very original. Often, the final singing of Anatevka is quiet and low key. But the way in which it rose to a powerful crescendo whilst pictures of people from the shtetl's appeared above and on the stage floor, was spine-tingling. The theatre itself was great and all the staff... sooo helpful! A very kind lady took us to the Stage Door to help us ring for a taxi. I would heartily recommend going to see this production, I had a wonderful evening.
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Stephen Moon
· August 20, 2017
What an un-expected gem!! Visiting friends nearby we'd booked to see Fiddler On The Roof. Being used to shows on the west end thought this would be some small local theatre. How wrong I was. A superb ...venue, a lovely feel to the whole place and a great stage position that made for excellent viewing of the whole production. I will look forward to visiting again!! See More
Jill Palmer
· September 1, 2017
The Stepmother was enthralling with fabulous performances from the key players. What a shame about the behaviour of the audience who talked during the performance, got out mobile phones and worst of a...ll did not have the patience to wait until the lights were down and music ended before they started clapping at the end of the play, totally spoiling the emotional impact of the ending.
Luckily, the production was too good to be ruined by this.
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Jean Sears
· August 24, 2017
We went last night with our fourteen year old granddaughter. Oh how we laughed and how we cried. It was fantastic, the cast was fantastic and so was the orchestra.
Omid Djalilil and Tracy Ann Oberman ...were really great( note to critics) Omid can sing very well and the pathos that he and Tracy gave to the parts was impressive.
Chichester theatre was just the right place for Such an ensemble and we enjoyed every minute. To top it off we sat next to a lovely Jewish family of whom the grandfather gave us some personal memories and insight to his families life. Very emotional.
A night to remember.
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Loella Harris
· February 6, 2018
Fantastic theatre with really friendly staff. There was a problem with ticket booking, but staff were quick to resolve the problem.
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