Chichester: Festival Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
Historic County: Sussex
City: Chichester
Location: Oaklands Park

Built 1961-1962 by Philip Powell and Hidalgo Moya with Christopher Stevens. Theatre consultants: Peter Jay and Partners. Opened 3 July 1962 under the direction of Laurence Olivier. Used for drama and musical theatre performances by the annual summer Chichester Festival. During winter months, used for touring productoins of opera, dance, comedy, and concerts. 1206 seats. 1989 extension by a new complex including Minerva Theatre, a studio auditorium (283 seats).

Notable world premieres:

  • John Arden: The Workhouse Donkey (8 July 1963)
  • Peter Shaffer: The Royal Hunt of the Sun (7 July 1964)
  • Peter Shaffer: Black Comedy (27 July 1965)

Links: www.cft.org.uk, Wikipedia, Theatres Trust

[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Front Text: "Interior of the Chichester Festival Theatre Model"
Publisher: Valentine's
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Picture: Chichester Festival Theatre during its construction
Front Text: "Chichester Festival Theatre, September 1st, 1961"
Publisher: ?; C61 174C
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Sent: from Chichester to Kingsbridge, Devon, 1962 [with commemorative postmark: "Chichester Festival Theatre, First Season July 3 - Sept 8", see below]

[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Picture: Chichester Festival Theatre during its construction
Front Text: "Chichester Festival Theatre, October 2nd. 1961"
Publisher: ?; C61 201C
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Sent: from Chichester to Brierley Hill, 1962 [with commemorative postmark: "Chichester Festival Theatre, First Season July 3 - Sept 8"]

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[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Picture: Chichester Festival Theatre during its construction
Front Text: "Chichester Festival Theatre, December 11th, 1961"
Publisher: ?; C61 279
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Sent: from Chichester to Kingsbridge, Devon, 1962 [with commemorative postmark: "Chichester Festival Theatre, First Season July 3 - Sept 8", see above]

[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Front Text: "Chichester Festival Theatre", "Photograph by courtesy of the Architects' Journal"
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Front Text: "The stage and auditorium, Chichester Festival Theatre"
Publisher: Valentine's; M5269
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
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[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Reverse Text: "The Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, Sussex, England. - A view of the Auditorium and Stage. The Festival Theatre is a hexagonal building with the stage surrounded on three sides with seating for 1,360. Built entirely by public subscription, the Theatre opened in July 1962, unter the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier."
Publisher: Valentine & Sons, Dundee; E.763
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Front Text: "Festival Theatre, Chichester"
Publisher: F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate; Frith's Series; CSR 134
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
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[Chichester: Festival Theatre] Front Text: "Chichester Theatre, West Sussex"
Reverse Text: "Chichester, West Sussex" Publisher: Bennett Publications, Lenham; 14005
Size: Modern
Sent: from Chichester to Woodhall Spa [postmark partly illegible]

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