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Chichester Festival Theatre

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Matinee Show at Chichester Festival Theatre

I took my wife to a matinee show “The Nightingales”. Our front row seats enabled us to have really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alton, United Kingdom
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Another great visit

We went to see Messiah on Saturday matinee as the evening was fully booked. We were a bit concerned... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Situated in the cathedral city of West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, Chichester Festival Theatre is internationally renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions. Its bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s...more
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Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my wife to a matinee show “The Nightingales”. Our front row seats enabled us to have really enjoy this semi musical drama with touch of drama. We really had a great late afternoon entertainment and made a great evening.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to see Messiah on Saturday matinee as the evening was fully booked. We were a bit concerned because of all the negative reviews of the play. Well all I can say is all the people and the Observer who gave it negative reviews...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two fab theatres in a single location - most productions are excellent - just as good as London theatres at a fraction of the price! What most theatre goers fail to comment upon is the state of the loos - CFT offers outstanding toilets. The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always enjoy a visit to this theatre. It’s clean, spacious and the seats are comfortable, plenty of leg room and one has a good view of the stage, wherever one sits. We saw The Messiah, it took a bit of getting into, but I enjoyed...More

1  Thank ceciliamorrison
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have seen a few shows here. Great venue. Large but still feels intimate. Needs more bars though - interval drinks are a nightmare.

Thank Essex868
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m astounded by the negative reviews for The Messiah - headed by ‪Hugh Dennis, John Marquez and Lesley Garrett providing the big voice and ‘wings’. ‬ It was pure Monty Python! We laughed until we cried, from start to finish. While I accept that everyone...More

Thank Nikkiwrites
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Messiah was total drivel. There were some slightly amusing parts in the first act but the second act - oh dear it was totally cringeworthy. Someone said the Messiah was going to the West End - well all I can say is it wont...More

1  Thank HoneyD337
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Messiah. If you get a chance to see it - do not go. Total rubbish. On the level of a poor school pantomime. Great if you are a devoted parent who wants to see little Johnny being the virgin Mary by putting a tea-towel...More

2  Thank OldP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Theatre well laid out and very comfortable. Saw the first half of the messiah - utter rubbish. If the second half was funnier, it wouldn’t have been difficult! Appeared to have been written by a couple of 5th formers.

1  Thank DorsetPair01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the theatre but was really disappointed with ‘The Messiah’, billed as funny but not worth seeing. Felt sorry for the performers as they struggled through.

1  Thank sailinghen
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catherine c
18 July 2018|
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Response from Waallly | Reviewed this property |
This varies with the production when scenery projects from one side on occasions. With some productions, sider seats furthest from the centre are not on sale, if this is considered to be a problem. 8+ seats in from the end... More
28 September 2017|
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Response from Lisa C | Reviewed this property |
HI yes, there is a stage door, but as to meeting cast members I am unsure. We have seen a few as they leave or meet family and friends in the foyer. Sorry not a great deal of help. Have fun when you visit.
10 August 2017|
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Response from Stephen B | Reviewed this property |
There are lifts after a recent refurbishment. Not easy to find so ask staff who are very helpful.