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“Intimate theatre”

Chichester Festival Theatre
Ranked #3 of 66 things to do in Chichester
Certificate of Excellence
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
1,487 reviews
1,015 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 546 helpful votes
“Intimate theatre”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

The theater is intimate yet holds quite an audience.
The acoustics are good, the seating giving all good view of the stage.
We were fortunate to see the fabulous staging of Amadeus.

Visited July 2014
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English first
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great Play! ...and the refurb's pretty good”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Went with my girlfriend to see that great bohemian Rupert Everett in Amadeus. Fantastic play. A word also for Joshua McGuire ...the future of English stage acting. The play is a must see, before it ends it's run on 2 August. The West End to follow? I hope so.

The CFT itself has improved greatly since the refurbishment. More spacious and airy in general, larger bar area, and a nice area outside and opposite the Minerva entrance for light eating and drinks.

Very easy to get back to our seats from the foyer and/or cafe bar. Food, unfortunately and typically for major venues is disappointing. Poor quality and expensive. But then again I am not visiting for the food, and neither should you. Definitely eat elsewhere.

Parking was directly adjacent to the theatre and plentiful. And was free after 6pm.

Overall a fantastic experience. Welcome back CFT

Visited July 2014
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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“Great play & Great update for this theatre”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

First time in the theatre since it re-opened after its long update & revamp.
On a baking hot July afternoon we were particularly grateful for the excellent air-conditioning that came with the refit. Many of the changes may seem quite small, but when added together they make for a much better experience for the audience.
As for the play itself, Amadeus, that was quite simply a triumph, and the perfect start for the 'new' theatre.

Visited July 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Amadeus!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Saw this on its second night in a wonderful theatre and would thoroughly recommend it. We were four rows from the front. What a spectacle to behold! A very atmospheric set. Rupert Everett was spellbinding as Salieri and Josh McGuire brilliant as Mozart; Simon Jones and Jessie Buckley also genius in support. It was an intelligent production, gripping all the way, and moving to the point of tears, especially when the mood was heightened by Mozart's wonderful music. The film version is quite different to the original play so this is not just a rehash of a done thing. The ending in particular and the tone throughout are quite different to the film version. Thoroughly recommend if you can get a ticket!

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Cannot believe that some reviewers can't see the changes here. Much more comfortable seats and the new seating plan means a very intimate experience - I was firmly convinced Rupert Everett was talking to me alone! Yes you do still have to queue for the ladies loos but its a 5 minute wait rather than the entire interval as it was before. A beautiful, world class theatre staging world class productions. It certainly beats any London theatre I've visited in terms of space, comfort and toilet facilities. In addition Amadeus was superb, congratulations to all involved in the production but particularly the director, Jonathan Church and the exceptional Rupert Everett who managed to make me cry with laughter then cry at the utter heartbreak of his plight. Simply stunning in all respects.

Visited July 2014
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