Rolls-Royce’s Artistic Partnership with Chichester Theatre

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has proudly marked two decades of unwavering support for the esteemed Chichester Festival Theatre, cementing a bond that traces its origins back to the inception of motor car production at the iconic Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood in 2003.

In the realm of cultural patronage, Rolls-Royce stands as a distinguished Platinum Sponsor at the globally acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre. This distinguished venue, located just a stone’s throw away from the marque’s Goodwood facility, has found a stalwart ally in Rolls-Royce for the past 20 years.

Chichester Festival Theatre: A Historical Overview

Founded in 1962 through grassroots funding, the Chichester Festival Theatre boasts a rich history. The main auditorium, designed with a ‘thrust stage’ layout, accommodates up to 1,300 patrons, making it a versatile space for both musicals and grand dramas. Having undergone meticulous restoration in 2014, the Grade II Listed building remains a cultural gem.

The inaugural night on 3 July 1962, marked the beginning of a legacy under the artistic direction of the iconic Sir Laurence Olivier.

The theatre became the nucleus of Olivier’s National Theatre company, with numerous successful productions, spanning musicals, new plays, and classic revivals. The Festival Season, a flagship event from April to October, draws nearly a quarter of a million theatregoers annually.

Rolls-Royce’s Artistic Contribution

As a Platinum Sponsor, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars significantly contributes to the artistic and outreach initiatives of the Theatre. This collaboration underscores the shared values of creativity and excellence, which are intrinsic to the Rolls-Royce brand.

Rolls-Royce's 20-Year Artistic Partnership with Chichester Theatre

The partnership not only signifies corporate support but also highlights the deep-rooted ties Rolls-Royce has fostered within the local community since choosing Chichester as its home in the early 2000s.

The enduring partnership garnered acclaim in 2007 with a Sustainability Award from Arts & Business South East. In the subsequent year, the picturesque grounds of Rolls-Royce provided an enchanting backdrop for the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s open-air promenade show, “Toad of Toad Hall.”

Kathy Bourne, Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, expressed profound appreciation for Rolls-Royce’s longstanding commitment. She stated, “Rolls-Royce is a leading light of Chichester’s business community, and we’ve hugely valued the company’s generous sponsorship over the past 20 years. We share with Rolls-Royce a strong commitment to our local community and an international reputation for excellence, flying the flag for British expertise worldwide. We offer them our warmest congratulations on their 20th anniversary and our thanks for their ongoing support.”


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ enduring alliance with Chichester Festival Theatre exemplifies a harmonious blend of corporate responsibility and cultural enrichment.

Two decades of unwavering support stand as a testament to the shared values of excellence and community that define both entities, making this partnership a beacon of inspiration for businesses and cultural institutions alike.

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