Chichester Festival Theatre Listings

2018 Summer Season

Please note: Chichester Festival Theatre tickets are available from the theatre directly, not from the Festival of Chichester box office.

Main House:

April 20-May 12.

Present Laughter, by Noël Coward, directed by Sean Foley.

Actor Garry Essendine is at the height of his fame. He’s also in the middle of a raging mid-life crisis. Rufus Hound plays Garry.

May 25-June 16.

The Chalk Garden, by Enid Bagnold, directed by Alan Strachan.

Nothing will grow for eccentric, high-born Mrs St Maugham in the dry earth of her once-grand Sussex garden. Cast includes Penelope Keith, Amanda Root, Oliver Ford Davies.

July 2-August 25.

Me And My Girl, directed by Daniel Evans.

At Hareford Hall in Hampshire, suspense is in the air. The family solicitor has found the long-lost heir to the Hareford title and riches. But, to everyone’s horror, he’s a Cockney barrow boy called Bill Snibson… Caroline Quentin stars.

September 8-29.

Flowers For Mrs Harris, based on the novel by Paul Gallico, directed by Daniel Evans.

Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever….  Cast includes Joanna Riding and Gary Wilmot.

October 13-November 3.

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams, adapted by Byrony Lavery, music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, directed by Dale Rooks.

A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed 12-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital.



May 4-June 2.

random / generations, A double bill of plays by debbie tucker green, directed by Tinuke Craig.

June 8-July 7. The City of London.

The Country Wife, by William Wycherley, directed by Jonathan Munby.

The randy 17th century. Harry Horner wants to seduce as many women as possible, but he needs to convince their husbands that he’s physically incapable of any such thing…

July 13-August 11.

The Meeting, a new play by Charlotte Jones, directed by Natalie Abrahami

Rachel has been the voice for her deaf mother since she was born but now she is restless to be heard for herself. Together, they have found sanctuary in a Quaker community that reveres silence.

August 17-September 22.

Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn, directed by Michael Blakemore.

In 1941, in the middle of the Second World War, the great German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish colleague Niels Bohr…

September 28-October 27.

Cock by Mike Bartlett, directed by Kate Hewitt.

Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. Someone who is different in every single way.

November 3-December 1.

The Watsons, a new play by Laura Wade; adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen; directed by Samuel West.

What happens when the writer loses the plot?


Box office: 01243 781312


Priority booking for Friends of Chichester Festival Theatre opens: Saturday, February 24 (online and booking forms only); Wednesday, February 28 (phone and in person). Public booking opens: Saturday, March 3 (online only); Tuesday, March 6 (phone and in person).