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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 (232 reviews)

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

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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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Flint Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Flint Cottage Bed and Breakfast

47 Mid Lavant, Chichester PO18 0AA

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (33 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Thorney Island and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chichester …

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The Bosham B&B
The Bosham B&B

The New Boathouse Main Road, Chichester PO18 8EH

3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Located in Bosham, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester Cathedral, and Pallant …

£65
Old Forge Chapel
Old Forge Chapel

Lower Bognor Road, Chichester PO20 1LR

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

Situated in Chichester, this bed & breakfast is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Picturedrome and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pallant House …

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The Star and Garter
The Star and Garter

Main Road, Chichester PO18 0JG

3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (9 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this inn is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Haredown Mountain Boarding Centre and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Weald an …

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The Crown Hotel
The Crown Hotel

8 High Street, Emsworth PO10 7AW

3.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (120 reviews)

Located in Chichester Harbour, this inn is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Stansted Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fishbourne Roman …

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The Elmer
The Elmer

89 Elmer Road, Bognor Regis PO22 6HD

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (121 reviews)

Situated in Bognor Regis, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Barnham Windmill, Picturedrome, and Littlehampton Golf Club. …

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St Marys Gate Inn
St Marys Gate Inn

London Road, Arundel BN18 9BA

2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (109 reviews)

Situated in Arundel, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Arundel Cathedral and Arundel Castle and Gardens. Arundel Wildfow …

£75
Norfolk Arms Hotel
Norfolk Arms Hotel

High Street, Arundel BN18 9AD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (163 reviews)

Located in the heart of Arundel, this hotel is steps from Arundel Jailhouse and Arundel Castle and Gardens. Arundel Wildfow …

£57
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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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