Digital Archive:Footage, Topping Out ceremony (1961)

Featuring celebrations of the building reaching its highest point

This is an extract from super 8 film taken by founding members of the Theatre Society, Mr and Mrs Gibbons, showing key events from the Theatre’s founding and early years. This clip shows moments from Chichester Festival Theatre’s Topping Out ceremony – an event that marks the building reaching its highest point. This clip includes views of the Festival Theatre under construction and shots of Artistic Director, Laurence Olivier and the Theatre’s founder, Leslie Evershed-Martin giving speeches.

Topping Out Ceremony, 23 November 1961, CFT digital archive


Festival Theatre, Founding of CFT