Title ID 1572Collection ID254
Title[Yvonne Arnaud Theatre]
Date[ca. early 1960s]
CollectionAlan Wardle
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsBuilding Construction Buildings Ceremonies
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr Alan Wardle
ParticipantsSir Michael Redgrave; Vanessa Redgrave
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration5min. 54sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film captures the ceremony marking the beginning of the construction of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. Local dignitaries and actors make speeches to mark the commencement of piling on site. Vanessa Redgrave casts her foot in wet concrete and talks with the builders.


"Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford"

The film opens with shots of workmen preparing the ground for the first pile to be driven into the ground; the Town Crier leads a small procession, including the Mayor. Sir Michael Redgrave, wearing a long white coat, gives a speech and operates a lever on the piling machine; a pile is driven into the ground. A further speech is made; the audience applauds; the man wearing the white coat shakes hands with the public and signs autographs.

"Vanessa Redgrave puts her foot in it"

Shots of a large audience; the Town Crier leads a small procession which includes Vanessa Redgrave. She makes a speech whilst standing on a covered podium. Shot of her footprint in wet cement; whilst drinking beer she talks with some builders; they swap hats. A number of people make speeches from a different podium; the film ends with shots of the building work and scaffolding.