1975: Michell's World Stage

CFT's third Artistic Director Keith Michell was already beloved by CFT staff and audiences, having acted in Laurence Olivier's first company in 1962. His second season was highly ambitious, with a mix of new work and a goal to reach new audiences. A world premiere of Christopher Fry's translation of Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Michell himself, was dubbed a "romantic extravaganza". Following this, Donald Sinden starred in a critically acclaimed production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and Wendy Toye directed Made in Heaven. Closing the season, Michell appeared as Iago in Othello, playing opposite Israeli actor Topol in the title role. The production was well-received by audiences and critics, transferring internationally to Hong Kong - the fruition of Michell's aim to "take Chichester out to the world". Explore the 1975 season souvenir season programme below.

Letter regarding production transfer to Hong Kong

Poster for CFT season 1975
Flyer announcing the succession of Keith Michell by Peter Dews as Artistic Director of CFT 1977