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Chichester Harbour Hotel

Chichester Harbour Hotel

North Street, Chichester
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 53 minutes ago

Situated in Chichester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chichester Castle, Chichester Cathedral, and Pallant House Gallery. Fishbourne Roman Palace ...

£86

£86
George and Dragon Inn

George and Dragon Inn

51 North Street, Chichester
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
2 others viewing this property now

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Chichester Guildhall Museum, Chichester Cathedral and Pallant House Gallery. Fishbourne Roman ...

£50

£50
The Nags Head

The Nags Head

3 St. Pancras, Chichester
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Pallant House Gallery and Chichester Cathedral. Fishbourne Roman Palace is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

£59

£59
The Brookfield Hotel

The Brookfield Hotel

Havant Road, Hampshire, Emsworth
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
2 others viewing this property now

Situated in Emsworth, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Northney Marina and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Staunton Country Park. Farlington Marshes and Stansted Park ...

£38

£38
Best Western Beachcroft Hotel

Best Western Beachcroft Hotel

Clyde Road, Bognor Regis
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
4 others viewing this property now

Located in Felpham, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Picturedrome and within 6 miles (10 km) of Barnham Windmill and Littlehampton Golf Club. Chichester Cathedral ...

£48

£48
Nightingale Cottage

Nightingale Cottage

The Street, Chichester
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Chichester, this bed & breakfast is close to Bosham Church, Kingley Vale and Stansted Park. Area attractions also include Fishbourne ...

£70

£70
Chichester Park Hotel

Chichester Park Hotel

Madgwick Lane, Westhampnett Road, Chichester
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
1 others viewing this property now

Situated in Chichester, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Goodwood Motor Circuit, Pallant House Gallery and Chichester Cathedral. Fishbourne Roman Palace ...

£62

£62
The Dean Ale & Cider House

The Dean Ale & Cider House

West Dean, Chichester
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago

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 Air Museum. Goodwood Racecourse is ...

£75

£75
Park House Hotel

Park House Hotel

Bepton Road, Midhurst
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bepton, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cowdray Heritage Trust and within 6 miles (10 km) of Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and Woolbeding ...

£125

£125
The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

27-29 High Street, Arundel
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 15 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now

Situated in Arundel, this hotel is steps away from Arundel Jailhouse and Arundel Castle and Gardens. Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) ...

£45

£45

Pocket Guide: Chichester Festival Theatre 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.