Chichester Festival Theatre

  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile
  • © Philip Vile

Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award



South East

Local Authority Area


Information about this scheme

The redevelopment is a major restoration and renewal project of the mid-century Grade 2* listed theatre; incorporating a carefully remodelled auditorium, bigger foyer spaces, an improved parkland setting and a new back of house extension. The 1962 building was originally designed as a ‘pavilion in the park’ summer festival venue with the UK’s first thrust stage auditorium. The theatre’s dramatic, cantilevering concrete structure and lightweight cable-tied roof were extraordinarily bold statements at the time, but successive piecemeal extensions had gradually reduced the clarity and legibility of the original concept. After 50 years of service, operational issues were increasingly limiting, and the wear and tear of the existing fabric evident. The scheme is a very good display of research, analysis and assessment of the building’s significance as well as its construction and materials, enabling the justified removal of later piecemeal alterations. Good, sound conservation principles have been demonstrated in the preservation of the original structure as well as new interventions made to improve theatrical operations and public enjoyment.



Haworth Tompkins


Chichester Festival Theatre

Main Contractor


Project Manager


Theatre Consultant


Structural Engineer

Price & Myers

Services Engineer

Skelly and Couch

Acoustic Consultant

Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design

Landscape Architect

Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects

Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner & Theobald


Antoni Malinowski

Access Consultant


Primary Use Class

Class D2g - Theatre