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Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP, England
+44 1243 781312
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Very Disappointing!

Living locally we are very lucky to have Chichester Festival Theatre nearby and have always... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
digbydexter
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
present laughter

What a terrible start to the 2018 program in the Festival Theatre . Heaven help us all if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hoddyonc
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Ditchling
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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 most striking playhouses. With its light and spacious foyers and welcoming café, bars and restaurants, all with lovely views over Oaklands Park, Chichester is one of the country’s most loved and lively theatres. Come and visit.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Living locally we are very lucky to have Chichester Festival Theatre nearby and have always frequented it regularly and seen some wonderful productions there over the years. However, over the last 18 months we have seen a change there and not for the best, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a terrible start to the 2018 program in the Festival Theatre . Heaven help us all if subsequent Chichester productions are of similar quality. Within 5 minutes a headache induced by Daphne's strident grating laugh and grotesque caricature of an upper class indecipherable voice...More

1  Thank Hoddyonc
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We started the evening with an excellent supper at the Minerva bistro, then across the road for the play. It was definitely a play of 2 halves. Unfortunately my husband didn’t stick with the scene setting in the first half and nodded off to sleep...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see Noel Coward ruined pop along to see the current production of Present Laughter. Trust me, despite what another has said, the second half is no better than the first. After the call the evening ends with a song and dance...More

1  Thank Fraser M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the show last night and so did the audience. Rufus Hound leads a very strong cast. Pace is good. Well directed, intelligent and very, very funny.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although I do empathise with the previous review of present laughter ,I also feel slightly sorry for that reviewer as he missed a sparkling second-half of the performance. It’s only when you start the second half you realise that Coward was just setting up the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not much laughing in a poorly directed and acted production. If shouting a lot is supposed to have us weeping with laughter in our seats then it failed, there were a lot of very fidgety people around us looking bored. We both fell asleep in...More

4  Thank NevilleL123
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ChichesterFT, Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Thank you for your feedback; we were sorry to read that the show wasn't to your taste. We do hope that we can welcome you back to another event during Festival 2018. Many Thanks The CFT Team

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

There wasnt an option to say I visited with my family, without teenagers or young children haha I bought tickets to JB as a Christmas present for my mum & brother. Having never been to CFT it was a new experience. The atmosphere is warm...More

Thank Priya S
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

There are excellent productions,(which quickly sell out) that go onto the 'West End' or have come from there, and national tours. On the other hand, average productions this year have seen an almost half empty theatre. The Ballet company visits are second rate but the...More

Thank Waallly
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

We attended two shows at the Festival theatre in January and thoroughly enjoyed them both. The theatre is small and designed so that where ever you sit you have a good view of the stage. The acoustics were good. On our second visit we were...More

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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.
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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.
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BUNTINGLondon
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Response from grjones42 | Reviewed this property |
It's a council car park and nothing to do with the theatre. It is a pay and display, even in the evening so be sure to display a ticket. Prices change upwards often so take plenty of change with you. Regards G
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