Eastbourne Theatres & Chichester Festival Theatre 2020 coronavirus update

Gscene Editorial Team March 18, 2020

Theatres, festivals and arts venues across the south east continue to postpone or cancel events in line with the governments advice on Monday.  All theatres in Eastbourne will be closed as of Tuesday evening, a spokesperson said

“Customers who have tickets for performances up until 19th April will receive a letter or email, offering them a refund, credit voucher or exchange.

We are currently trying to re-schedule several shows that fall in this period for later in the year so there may be a short delay before you hear from us.

If you have booked for a show after 19 April, these tickets remain on sale and we will let you know in plenty of time if anything changes.

If you have tickets booked for a show between now and Sunday 19 April, we ask that you do not contact our Box Office team or email us. We will be in touch with you.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.


Kathy Bourne, Executive Director of the Chichester Festival Theatre Festival 2020 has also announced the cancellation and postponement of productions due over the next few months.

She said

“These are unprecedented times. The welfare of our audiences, artists and staff is paramount, and we also want to support the valiant efforts of our health service. So, we are taking action in line with Government advice and postponing the opening productions of Festival 2020:

All other events during this period are also cancelled and the Theatre building, including the Café, will be closed to the public after today (Tuesday 17 March).

The Life of Galileo and The Real Thing will be rescheduled for the autumn (new dates will be announced in due course), and we hope to mount the other two productions at some point in the future. We currently plan to go ahead with South Pacific (6 July – 29 August), The Unfriend (17 July – 22 August) and all the Festival 2020 productions thereafter. We may be able to re-open the building earlier.

Ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible about ticket exchange, credit, donation or refund options. As you can imagine, the next few days will be very busy for our Box Office team, so we appreciate your patience at this time.

We are deeply sorry for the disappointment this will cause. Chichester Festival Theatre has been at the heart of West Sussex for almost 60 years, and we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming our audiences back as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we’ll be considering how we might be able to help our community during this challenging time; and send our supporters, audiences and colleagues our encouragement, support and best wishes for their health and wellbeing.

Follow any new announcements  on the Chichester Festival Website here: