• Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Auditorium - first night performance (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Stage and auditorium - first night performance (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Exterior - evening (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Exterior after performance (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Exterior before performance (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Stage door entrance (image credit: Philip Vile)

...a revolutionary 1960s thrust stage theatre gets a major refurbishment 

Chichester Festival Theatre

 

Project summary

 

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, regularly selling out the 1,200-seat auditorium and transferring plays and musicals into the West End of London.  The theatre was inspired by Tyrone Guthrie’s thrust stage at  Stratford Ontario.  The project was founded by a local optician, Leslie Evershed-Martin, and designed by Powell and Moya.  It opened in 1962 under the directorship of Laurence Olivier and the building was Britain’s first modern thrust stage theatre.  

 

The RENEW project aimed to sustain and improve the unique Grade II* Listed Festival Theatre, and enhance its significant contribution to the district and county economy.  Working sympathetically with the original design, the intent was to create a theatre with facilities fit for the 21st Century. The RENEW project has improved the foyers and front of house, the auditorium, accessibility, sustainability, back stage facilities and the technical infrastructure.

 

Charcoalblue worked with the Chichester Festival Theatre and design team to improve the layouts and sightlines, increase the seating capacity, use more sustainable technologies to minimise future running costs and upgrade and improve the auditorium lighting amongst other things

 

 

Here the thoughts of our ABTT members as they were hosted at the Chichester Festival Theatre with our Senior Consultant Alex Wardle.