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Production photograph, Uncle Vanya (1962)

Featuring Joan Plowright as Sonya and Laurence Olivier as Astrov

Backstage footage, The Chances (1962)

Featuring the cast of The Chances getting ready backstage

Photograph, Laurence Olivier on the building site (1962)

Arriving for the Topping Out ceremony

Footage, Opening night (1962)

Featuring Chichester Festival Theatre’s opening night

Rehearsal photograph, The Chances (1962)

Featuring Laurence Olivier, John Neville and Keith Michell

Souvenir programme (1962)

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

Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre auditorium (1962)

Interior view showing the construction of the stage

Production photograph, The Broken Heart (1962)

Featuring members of the cast including John Neville as Orgilus and Joan Greenwood as Calantha

Press cutting: Choosing clothes that won’t clash … (1962)

Choosing clothes that won’t clash with Chichester Festival Theatre

Photograph, Festival Theatre (1962)

External view of Chichester Festival Theatre in the snow

Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre auditorium (1962)

Interior view showing the stage nearing completion

Founder’s Scrapbook (1962) 1 of 2

Leslie Evershed-Martin’s collection of press cuttings, invitations, telegrams and letters