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George and Dragon Inn
George and Dragon Inn

51 North Street, Chichester PO19 1NQ

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (234 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Chichester Guildhall Museum, Chichester Cathedral, and Pallant …

£80
Chichester Park Hotel
Chichester Park Hotel

Madgwick Lane, Westhampnett Road, Chichester PO19 7QL

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Goodwood Motor Circuit, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester …

£75
The Chichester Inn
The Chichester Inn

38 West Street, Chichester PO19 1RP

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (63 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Bishop's Palace Gardens and Chichester Cathedral. Pallant House …

£80
The Dean Ale & Cider House
The Dean Ale & Cider House

West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (115 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from West Dean Gardens and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Weald and Downland Open …

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The Brookfield Hotel
The Brookfield Hotel

Havant Road, Hampshire, Emsworth PO10 7LF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Located in Chichester Harbour, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Northney Marina and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Staunton Country …

£54
The Old Store Guest House
The Old Store Guest House

Stane Street, Chichester PO18 0QL

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Boxgrove, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Goodwood Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tangmere …

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The Fox Goes Free
The Fox Goes Free

Charlton, Chichester PO18 0HU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (115 reviews)

Located in Charlton, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Dean Gardens, and Goodwood …

£95
The Nags Head
The Nags Head

3 St. Pancras, Chichester PO19 7SJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (114 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Chapel, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester …

£69
Amberley Castle
Amberley Castle

Nr Arundel, Arundel BN18 9LT

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (45 reviews)

Located in Amberley, this historic hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Amberley Working Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Parham Hous …

£198
The Cottage
The Cottage

22B Westhampnett Road, Chichester PO19 7HW

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chichester, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St John's Chapel, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester …

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Pocket Guide: Chichester Chichester Festival Theatre Hotels

Chichester Festival Theatre is a Grade II listed building in Oaklands Park, Chichester. It was originally conceived by Leslie Evershed-Martin, a city mayor who was inspired in 1959 when he saw a TV programme about the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre Festival in Canada. Working with Chichester City Council, local individuals and businesses, Evershed-Martin managed to raise the £105,000 needed and so the Festival Theatre opened its doors to the public in 1962. Today, the Festival Season runs from April to September with the programme including musicals, classics and contemporary writing. A plethora of local B&Bs and hotels in West Sussex provide excellent accommodation for theatre-goers of all ages, and a great base from which to explore the rest of the delights that this ancient city has to offer.

History of Chichester Festival Theatre

The theatre was designed by the architects Powell and Moya and based on the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre. The theatre is also inspired by ancient Greek and Roman amphitheatres and Elizabethan theatre in that the stage is placed right at the centre of the audience with the auditorium surrounding it. This ensures that the audience have a much more immersive theatrical experience. The first artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre was Sir Laurence Olivier. It was Olivier's idea to produce several shows with the same ensemble cast to run in repertoire, which formed the basis of the first National Theatre Company.

Chichester Festival Theatre Programming

Throughout festival season and in addition to musicals, classics and showcasing contemporary writing, the theatre also puts on cabaret nights and is usually a stopping off point of most TV stand ups when on national tour. The theatre also has a strong community outreach programme and puts on family events and talks. If you're staying in a Chichester hotel for a few days and want an entertaining night out, then make sure you take a look at the theatre programme. You'll more than likely be able to see an entertainer from television, an interesting play or a well-known musical. However, if you see an unfamiliar listing then why not take a chance? Chichester Festival Theatre also has such a good reputation when it comes to programming that you might be pleasantly surprised.

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