Chichester Festival Theatre: The RENEW Project
Chichester Festival Theatre has undergone an 18-month renovation called the RENEW project. Opening in 1962, Chichester Festival Theatre was originally built for an 11 week summer Festival with 75,000 visitors per year. The Theatre now is open all year round with over 300,000 visitors per year and was in urgent need of an upgrade.
To bring the Theatre into the 21st century, the RENEW project received £12 million from the Arts Council England, and an additional £8 million from local businesses, trusts and individuals respectively. The Theatre has a new feel to it but it hasn’t lost the charm of the old. There are new cafes and bars at each end of the lighter, brighter foyer with a box office and main bar in the centre with more space, more seating, and less queues. There is a new freshly landscaped piazza overlooking Oaklands Park welcoming new audiences each evening and an excellent new programme to match.
Chichester Festival Theatre can now proudly match its world-class artistic reputation with world-class spaces and this summer is set to be one of the best yet, with Guys and Dolls, Pitcairn, Gypsy and The Hundred and One Dalmatians to name a few. For more details on what’s on, please visit CFT’s website; http://www.cft.org.uk/whatson
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