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Chichester Festival Theatre

Published on 18 February 2013 at 17:08

External view of the new Chichester Theatre View image

The redevelopment of the theatre incorporated essential repairs to the building, a new extension, increased seating capacity, enhanced access and public facilities, greatly improved visitor and backstage areas, and changes to make the building more energy efficient. 

Chichester Festival Theatre is a Grade II listed building. It opened for its first production on 6th June 1962. The stage is  placed in the centre of the audience, combining ancient Greek and Roman precedents with elements of Elizabethan theatre and was the first of its kind in the UK for 500 years.

Photo credit: AVR London

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Design Team: Haworth Tompkins Architects

Awards: RIBA South East Award 2015,  RIBA South East Building of the Year 2015, RIBA South East Project Architect of the Year - Sponsored by Larfarge Tarmac,  RIBA South East Conservation Award 2015 and the RIBA South East Sustainability Award 2015 - Sponsored by SIKA.  Described by judges as the “true masterclass in how to restore and augment an existing iconic building”.   RICS 2015 Building Conservation (Highly commended)