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1960s Festival Theatre
Photograph, exterior of Festival Theatre (1962)

Showing Chichester Festival Theatre in its Oaklands Park setting

Photograph Interior Auditorium - Photographer unknown - Date unknown - Box 71 CFT WSRO - H20xW20cm
Photograph, Interior auditorium (1962)

Showing a vomitorium and a glimps of the control room

Production photograph - The Chances - John Neville, Rosemary Harris - Photographer Angus McBean - printed on board - H33 W35
Production photograph, The Chances (1962)

Featuring John Neville as Don Federick and Rosemary Harris as Constantia

Box 71 Blue Print of Auditorium stage lower tiers H108xW150cm web
Blueprints, Festival Theatre auditorium (1962)

Plans for the Festival Theatre auditorium

Artist Impression of The Chances - 07 July 1962 - H36.6xW25.7cm - 3 of 3
Press cutting, Aspects of the New Chichester Theatre (1962)

Aspects of the new theatre in Chichester which is the first of its kind in Britain

Photograph Interior Foyer construction with visitors - Photographer unknown - Date unknown - Box 71 CFT WSRO H24xW19cm
Photograph, construction of foyer (1962)

Showing a visit to the foyer during construction

Letter about ballot for opening night seats - Theatre Society - 1962 - Gibbons Collection
Letter, Chichester Festival Theatre Society (1962)

Letter to all members about opening night tickets

CFT 1962 First Season Poster
Season Poster (1962)

Poster detailing shows produced by Chichester Festival Theatre in 1962.

Artist Impression of The Chances - 07 July 1962 - H36.6xW50.4cm - 2 of 3
Press cutting, The Stage and Shape of the New Chichester Theatre (1962)

The Stage and Shape of the New Chichester Theatre – Seen from the lighting gallery which runs across the centre of the Theatre

Postcard Exterior CFT - Photographer unknown - Date unknown - Box 71 CFT WSRO - H9x W14cm
Postcard, exterior of Chichester Festival Theatre (1962)

Showing the outside of the original Theatre

Joan Plowright and Laurence Olivier
Production photograph, Uncle Vanya (1962)

Featuring Joan Plowright as Sonya and Laurence Olivier as Astrov

1962 backstage the chances thumbnail
Backstage footage, The Chances (1962)

Featuring the cast of The Chances getting ready backstage