“When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I was married” – William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
The renowned Chichester Festival Theatre is conveniently situated within this beautiful historic city, and is well-known nationally as one of the UK’s best loved cultural venues.
Chichester Festival Theatre was opened in 1962 by its founder (and former Chichester mayor) Leslie Evershed-Martin. The inaugural Artistic Director was Sir Laurence Olivier, and it was at Chichester that the first National Theatre Company was formed.
The Theatre is a grade II listed building; audiences especially love the all-encompassing design of the theatre (based on the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Stratford Ontario, Canada). The auditorium is arranged around the stage, which is thrust into the centre of the audience.
The Theatre’s festival season typically runs from April through to September, and includes a wide variety of well-crafted performances from classics to musicals, through to contemporary writing. A range of other activities is on offer too, including theatre tours, talks and discussions, community projects and kids’ holiday activities.
Here at Crouchers we have pleasure in welcoming many theatre-going guests year upon year. Our award-winning pre-theatre meals are a popular choice (to be pre-booked in advance).
Why end your experience of Chichester when the curtain goes down? Extend your visit with a stay in our hotel and make the most of this wonderful city.