Commemorative plaque for Chichester Festival Theatre founder

DM15116419a.jpg Exhibition on the history of Chichester Festival Theatre at Littlehampton Museum. The founder, Leslie Evershed-Martin. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150922-193026008
DM15116419a.jpg Exhibition on the history of Chichester Festival Theatre at Littlehampton Museum. The founder, Leslie Evershed-Martin. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150922-193026008

The man who founded Chichester Festival Theatre is to be honoured with a commemorative plaque.

A blue plaque from Chichester City Council is to be installed at 23 West Street, where Leslie Evershed-Martin lived in Chichester.

Made a CBE for his work, Mr Evershed-Martin founded the now renowned festival theatre in 1962 and also served twice as city mayor.

The Chichester Society’s executive committee supported the honour for Mr Evershed-Martin, who had ‘made such a cultural contribution to the city’.

The plaque was presented to family members at a ceremony in February.