Archive: Oral history clip, Janet Bakose (2013)

Current Theatre Manager, Janet Bakose looks back on various highlights of her career at Chichester Festival Theatre

Janet Bakose by Susan Mukern 08 Oct 2013, CFT digital archive. Email for access to the full oral history interview.

Archive: Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Chichester Festival Theatre in construction, showing the installation of the pre-cast concrete that would form the back half of the auditorium. This would be cantilevered over the entrance to the foyer below, fully supported by rings of concrete that would later be installed around the sides of the auditorium. Once the building was complete the wooden props (such as the large pillar that can be seen in this photo) were removed and the building allowed to adjust under its own weight.

Photographer unknown

CFT archive held at West Sussex Records Office

Archive: Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Chichester Festival Theatre in construction, looking into the as yet roofless auditorium. The empty area for the stage can clearly be seen and behind this, the small amount of backstage space available in the first years of the Theatre’s history.

Photographer unknown

CFT archive held at West Sussex Records Office

Archive: Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Chichester Festival Theatre in construction, showing the empty area for the stage, the concrete bandstand directly above this, spaces for two balconies for seating at either side, the outside of the cantilevered top half of the auditorium overhanging the entrance to the foyer below.

Photographer unknown

CFT archive held at West Sussex Records Office

Archive: Photograph, Topping Out ceremony (1961)

Leslie Evershed-Martin, Chichester Festival Theatre’s founder, making a speech at the topping out ceremony for the new Festival Theatre building. (When the build reaches its highest point). To his right is Mary Bessborough whose husband, Eric (The Earl of Bessborough) was on the original board.

29 November 1961, photographer unknown

CFT archive held at West Sussex Records Office

Archive: Photograph, Topping Out ceremony (1961)

Artistic director, Laurence Olivier and the workmen toasting the topping out of the Chichester Festival Theatre, when the build reaches it’s highest point.

23 November 1961, photographer unknown

CFT archive held at West Sussex Records Office

Archive: Photograph, wardrobe (1962)

Costume makers working at the Unicorn building, a disused hotel at the Hornet, near East Gate in Chichester, which housed workshops, rehearsal rooms and accommodation for staff.

Photographer unknown.

H18.6xW18.6cm

From CFT archive held at West Sussex Records Office

Archive: Photograph, Festival Theatre (1962)

Photograph of the Chichester Festival Theatre building, taken by John Templeton in winter 1962 as part of a series of Photographs of Chichester in the snow, private collection.

Archive: Blueprints, Festival Theatre auditorium (1962)

Blue print plans for the stage and lower tiers of the auditorium

Blue print plans for the balcony and upper tiers of the auditorium

Designed by Powell and Moya, H108 X W150cm

CFT archive, held at West Sussex Record Office.