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Photograph, Architects’ model of Chichester Festival Theatre (c.1959)

The exterior and interior of Powell and Moya’s original design

Card, Artist’s impression (1961)

Sent as a Christmas card by Leslie Evershed-Martin

Photograph, Topping Out ceremony (1961)

Featuring Laurence Olivier and workmen

Photograph, Topping Out ceremony (1961)

Featuring Leslie Evershed-Martin

Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Aerial view showing cantilever and the inside of the auditorium

Architecture Plan, (c.1961)

One of several plans detailing the design for the Festival Theatre auditorium

Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Aerial view from the back of the building showing inside the auditorium

Photograph, construction of Festival Theatre (1961)

Exterior view showing cantilever supported by wooden props

Photograph, Leslie Evershed-Martin (c.1961)

Featuring the roof of the architects’ model

Postcard, cement bags (c.1961)

Used to encourage people to donate to the building project