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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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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

Photograph of Topping Out Ceremony - Signed by Laurence Olivier - 1962 - Memorabilia Collection
Photograph, Laurence Olivier on the building site (1962)

Arriving for the Topping Out ceremony

1962 opening night thumbnail
Footage, Opening night (1962)

Featuring Chichester Festival Theatre’s opening night

Photograph The Chances rehearsal - Laurence Olivier, John Neville, Keith Michell - 1962 - CFT WSRO
Rehearsal photograph, The Chances (1962)

Featuring Laurence Olivier, John Neville and Keith Michell

Brochure First Season - 01 of 37 - 1962 - Memorabilia Collection - H28xW22cm
Souvenir programme (1962)

Including in-depth articles by Laurence Olivier and Leslie Evershed-Martin

Photograph Auditorium and stage construction - Photographer Charles Howard - 02 Apr 1962 - Box 71 CFT WSRO - H16.2xW20.5cm 1 of 2
Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre auditorium (1962)

Interior view showing the construction of the stage