1976: New Ventures
In 1976 Artistic Director Keith Michell embarked on a project called New Ventures to find and help nurture new talent including actors, creatives and crew.
Many productions, including one-act plays and rehearsed readings were staged at venues in and around Chichester including the old ballroom at The Dolphin & Anchor Hotel (now the upper floor of Waterstones). One of the most memorable productions was T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral (1977), a visually striking production held in the nave of the Cathedral with Michell starring as Becket. This fringe project was renamed "Chichester Festival Theatre Studio Company" in 1981 and ultimately led to the creation of The Tent in 1983 and the Minerva Studio Theatre in 1989.