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Welcome to Chichester Festival Theatre's online archive. The full contents of this archive will appear automatically; use the various filters below to narrow down the selection. You can use the fixed file types and/or tags available to browse the contents by category. Use the keywords box for specific searches, for example individual productions or people. If you're keen to see anything that you can't find or have any feedback on our website, email heritage@cft.org.uk.

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Production photograph - Top Girls - Company - Photographer John Haynes - 2011 (2)
Production photograph, Top Girls (2011)

Featuring members of the cast

Photograph Architect's Model Box - Powell and Moya - Photographer unknown - Date unknown - Box 71 CFT WSRO - H16xW21cm
Photograph, Architects’ model of Chichester Festival Theatre (c.1959)

The exterior and interior of Powell and Moya’s original design

Photograph Construction Aerial Cantilever Exterior Festival Theatre - Photographer unknown - 1960s - Box 71 CFT WSRO
Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Aerial view showing cantilever and the inside of the auditorium

Photograph Construction Aerial Exterior Festival Theatre - Photographer unknown - 1960s - Box 71 CFT WSRO
Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Aerial view from the back of the building showing inside the auditorium

Architecture Plans Main House Perspective - Powell, Moya - Date unknown - Memorabilia Collection
Architecture Plan, (c.1961)

One of several plans detailing the design for the Festival Theatre auditorium

Photograph Construction Cantilever in Scaffolding Exterior Festival Theatre - Photographer unknown - 1960s - Box 71 CFT WSRO
Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Exterior view showing cantilever supported by wooden props

1961 topping out ceremony thumbnail
Footage, Topping Out ceremony (1961)

Featuring celebrations of the building reaching its highest point

Photograph Founder inspecting architect's model - Photographer unknown - Date unknown - Leslie Evershed-Martin - LEM Scrapbook Collection
Photograph, Leslie Evershed-Martin (c.1961)

Featuring the roof of the architects’ model

Postcard Buy a bag of cement - Date unknown - Memorabilia Collection
Postcard, cement bags (c.1961)

Used to encourage people to donate to the building project

Photograph Topping Out Ceremony - Exterior Festival Theatre - Laurence Olivier - Photographer unknown - 23 Nov 1961 - Box 71 CFT WSRO
Photograph, Topping Out ceremony (1961)

Featuring Laurence Olivier and workmen