Digital Archive:Oral history clips, Uncle Vanya (2013 – 2015)

A series of clips remembering the 1962 production of Uncle Vanya

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First Night of Uncle Vanya, Alison Anderson.
A family friend of the Theatre’s founder describes her experience attending the first night of Uncle Vanya as a child

Set design, Pamela Howard. 
Scenographer Pamela Howard talks about CFTs 1962 Uncle Vanya and the designer Sean Kenny

Set design, Roger Redfarn.
Director, Redfarn, describes the set for the 1962 production of Uncle Vanya

Lewis Casson’s Uncle Vanya costume, Christopher Stevens.
The project architect on CFTs original 1962 build remembers the troubles the wardrobe department had with Lewis Casson during the first season

Tickets for Uncle Vanya, Paul Rogerson
CFT’s former Theatre Manager talks about the unusual ways people would get tickets to see Uncle Vanya in 1962.

Overnight queuing for Uncle Vanya, Eileen Norris
Hear about the success of Uncle Vanya during the 1962 season from former a Assistant Stage Manager.

Sleep over at CFT, Marian Pilbeam.
A volunteer and long term patron of the Theatre tells her adventures queueing for tickets for the final performance of Uncle Vanya in 1962

The success of Uncle Vanya, Leslie Williams. 
A patron of the Theatre and former drama teacher shares his memories of Uncle Vanya in 1962 and its success

Uncle Vanya film stars, Brian Wingate.
Autograph hunter, Wingate, talks about seeing Uncle Vanya with his mother during the Theatre’s second season in 1963

Email heritage@cft.org.uk for access to the full oral history interviews or click the files below to read the available summaries.

All interviews were recorded between 2013 and 2015, CFT digital archive

Interview summary Alison Anderson PIOOH042
Interview summary Brian Wingate PIOOH022
Interview summary Christopher Stevens PIOOH018
Interview summary Eileen Norris PIOOH036
Interview summary Leslie Williams PIOOH041
Interview summary Pamela Howard PIOOH035
Interview summary Roger Redfarn PIOOH032

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