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Theatre Collection Collections

Not all of our Collections are catalogued but they may still be consulted. Please contact us about these where stated.

ACE Live Art and Performance Archive (ACELAP) Videos and documentation which represent the development of innovative contemporary arts practice during the 80's and 90's in the UK.
ACH Smith Archive Archive relating to the work of ACH Smith relating to Orghast at Persopolis and his work as a theatre critic.
Adrian Cairns Collection Items collected by Adrian Cairns relating to Edward Gordon Craig.
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Adrian Varcoe Collection Collection compiled by Adrain Varcoe containing material relating the Chutes (a Bristol theatre family) and the Prince's Theatre. Also includes material relating to Miss Cecil Cromwell and Murray Carrington.

Alan Tagg Archive
Design archive of Alan Tagg, a leading 20th century designer. Includes set models, set and costume designs, research and notes. Includes his designs for John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956) and The Entertainer (1957).
Alastair Snow Archive Archive of the artist and photographer which contains a wealth of material from his performances, including many photographs and props such as The Guerilla Squad masks and pieces of 'edible art' from the Edible Art Association event in 1981.
Alex Reeve Archive Archive of the director and actor Alex Reeve.
Alix Stone Archive The archive of set and costume designer, Alix Stone, 1947-1980s
Arnold Ridley Archive Personal archive of the British playwright and actor.
Audrey Noble Archive Archives relating to the work of actor Audrey Noble, including photographs and press cuttings.
Bath Theatre Royal Collection Collection of programmes, playbills, posters and photographs relating to performances at the Bath Theatre Royal. This is not the official archive of the Bath Theatre Royal. The collection dates from 1922 and is particularly strong from 1970s onwards.
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Beerbohm Tree Archive Archives relating to Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Maud Tree and their families.
Berta Friestadt Archive The archives relating to the theatrical work of the lesbian feminist playwright Berta Freistadt (1942-2009.
Bodies in Flight Archive Please contact us for more information
Brian Austin Collection Please contact us for more information
Bristol Old Vic Archive Archive of the Bristol Old Vic Company, based at the Theatre Royal, Bristol, from 1946 onwards.
Cecil Madden Archive Professional archive of Cecil Madden, playwright and television producer. Includes volumes of press cuttings and a large number of playscripts.
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Cicely Courtneidge & Jack Hulbert Archive Professional records relating to the variety entertainers, including theatre, radio, film and television.
CWTDA Archives Material relating to the Conference of Women Theatre Directors and Administrators Association.
Cynthia Burrett Collection Please contact us for more information
David Hughes Live Art Archive Incorporating Live Art Listings, Hybrid Magazine and liveartmagazine. The material includes video tapes, mini DV tapes, DVDs, catalogues, printed material, brochures, playbills, posters, ephemera such as day bills & fliers, plus a few iconic objects which date from 1978 to the present.
David Phethean Collection Archive of the actor, director, writer and teacher David Phethan, including papers relating to his professional career, correspondence, playscripts, programmes, books and periodicals.
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David Walker Archive Archive of the talented designer.
Deidre Clancy Archive Archive of the designer, including set and costume designs, swatches, illustrations and business records.
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Derek Balmer Archive Photographic archive of Derek Balmer during his time as photographer at the Bristol Old Vic.
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Digital Performance Archive (DPA) A video and CD-ROM archive, which also contains some printed material such as press cuttings and supporting information.
Ella Burra Archive Archive of the early 20th century female playwright, comprising a small quantity of correspondence with theatrical personalities of her day.
Eric Jones Evans Archive Archive of Eric Jones-Evans, actor and playwright, relating to his theatrical work. Includes collections compiled by Jones-Evans relating to Henry Irving, Bransby Williams and John Martin Harvey.
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Ernest Thesiger Archive Archive of the stage and film actor, including personal journals, scrapbooks and photographs illustrating the career of the man who played Dr Pretorius in The Bride of Frankenstein.
Eugene Wellesley Archive Archive relating to the professional life of Eugene Wellesley (c.1883-1970), including material relating to Wellesley's time with the Donald Wolfit Company - production papers, correspondence, fan mail and press cuttings.
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Flora Robson Archive Please contact us for more information
Franko B Archive Archive of the internationally renowned performance artist, covering the last 20 years of his work, and including material in a wide variety of formats related to his performances, screenings, exhibitions, collaborations, mentoring, books and visual art.
Frederick Crooke Archive Archive of the theatre designer who worked closely with Tyrone Guthrie and the London Old Vic Company in 1940's & 1950's.
George Rowell Archive Please contact us for more information
Glynne Wickham Archive Archive relating to the professional life of actor, director and Professor of Drama Glynne Wickham. Includes papers and correspondence relating to lectures, productions, educational activities and the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
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Gog Theatre Company Archive The archive of the company, 1981-1994 specialising in new and devised work, especially with young people.
Graham Barlow Archive Barlow's design archive from his time at the Bristol Old Vic, and academic archive from his time spent teaching.
greenroom Archive Archive of the prestigious Manchester Venue.
Harry Carter Archive Please contact us for more information
Henry Marshall Collection Please contact us for more information
Henry Woolf Collection Please contact us for more information
Herbert Farjeon Archive Archive of the dramatist, critic and theatre manager Herbert Farjeon (1887-1945), including revue scripts, reviews, correspondence, photographs and press cuttings.
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Herbert Norris Archive Archive of the costume designer, architect, actor and archaeologist. Includes costume designs, postcards and photographs, and a scrapbook relating to his daughter, ballet dancer Lillian Norris.
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Hermann Vezin Collection Details of the actor and elocutionist, who was one of the most significant drama teachers at the turn of the 20th century.
Hope Centre Archive Please contact us for more information
Hull Time Based Arts Archive Please contact us for more information
Irving Family Archive Archives relating to the Irving family, including Sir Henry, H.B., Laurence and John.
Ivor Novello Collection Please contact us for more information
Jack Allen Collection Please contact us for more information
Joe Aveline Archive Please contact us for more information
John Clements Archive Professional records relating to the theatrical career of the distinguished British actor / manager, director and author.
John Elvery Archive Theatre design collection of the Bristol Old Vic Designer (1972-1986.
John Fox & Sue Gill Archive Please contact us for more information
John Moody Archive Personal and working papers of the actor, director and designer.
John Perry Collection Material relating to the career of the actor, producer and writer, Includes photograph albums.
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John Phillips Archive Archive of actor John Phillips (1914-1995), including scrapbooks, photograph albums and press cuttings as well as Phillips' collection of historical theatre programmes.
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John Vickers Archive Details of the famous photographer and his photographic archive.
John Warner Collection Please contact us for more information
Joseph Jefferson Farjeon Collection Please contact us for more information
Journals Alphabetical listing of research periodicals and magazines held at the Theatre Collection.
Joyce Grenfell Archive Professional archive of the performer and broadcaster including scripts, manuscripts, photographs and sketches.
Julia Trevelyan Oman Archive Personal archive of the celebrated theatre, television, ballet and opera designer.
Kathleen Barker Archive Resource for the study of all aspects of regional entertainment, with an emphasis on Bristol theatre.
Leon Quartermaine Archive Archive of the actor including personal papers, correspondence, production photographs and annotated part books.
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Live Art Archives Including the National Review of Live Art Archive, Digital Performance Archive, Record of Live Art Practice, Arts Council England Live Art and Performance Archive, Franko B Archive, David Hughes Live Art Archive, Alastair Snow Archive and Performance magazine Archive.
London Old Vic Archive Records of the London Old Vic Company, Sadlers Wells, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and the personal collection of Lilian Baylis.
Macready/McFadyean Collection Please contact us for more information
Magic Lantern Slide Collection Images of late nineteenth century magic lantern slides.
Mander & Mitchenson Collection Artwork, recordings, props, photography, costumes and ceramics and a vast array of archival material. The collection is particularly strong in material relating to the London stage and 18th- and 19th- century theatre.
Margaret Macnamara Archive Archive of the playwright Margaret Macnamara (Margaret Mack) (1874-1950), including personal papers and writings.
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Marie Scharning Archive Archive of actress Marie Scharning.
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Medieval Players Archive Archive of the Medieval Players professional touring theatre company.
Michael Knight Archive Archive of the theatre designer, including set models, costume and set designs.
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Moving Target Theatre Company Archives Archive of the theatre company, including administrative papers and correspondence.
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National Review of Live Art Archive Primarily a video archive that holds footage of performances from the prestigious NRLA festival. The footage covers the period from 1986 to when the festival finished in 2010.
National Student Drama Festival (NDSF) Archive Please contact us for more information
Norman Hunter Archive Please contact us for more information
Osiris Repertory Theatre Company Archive Please contact us for more information
Owen Paul Smyth Archive Archive of the theatre designer, landscape painter, actor and theatre manager. Includes costume and set designs, production photographs, correspondence, account books and personal papers.
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Peggy Ann Wood Archive Personal archive of the early career of the character actress who went on to run the Little Theatre and the Rapier Players, with her husband Ronnie Russell.
Percy Burton Collection Please contact us for more information
Performance Magazine Archive Performance magazine was a UK-based European cross-artform journal and the key UK Live Art/Performance magazine from the late 1970s through to the early 1990s. Now historic, it holds within its 70 or so issues an unmatched history,development and account of UK Live Art over that period, and is crucial to the subject area.
Phil Smith Archive Please contact us for more information
Phylida Garth Archive Please contact us for more information
Prospect Theatre Company Archive Please contact us for more information
Queerupnorth Video Archive The archive contains videos submitted by artists, along with other materials promoting their work, videos recorded by, or on behalf of queerupnorth, mostly within venues in Manchester during the festival and videos relating to LGBT issues and produced by interested groups.
Ralph Adron Archive Professional archive of the theatre designer, including set models, costume and set designs, sketchbooks and preliminary drawings.
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Ray Ingram Archive Please contact us for more information
Record of Live Art Practice (RLAP) A Collection of material relating to over 200,000 records of Live Art/Performance Art primarily in England and the UK, from 1994 to the present. Mostly paper-based, although it does contain some videos and dvds, audio-tapes and slides, RLAP is the most extensive record of Live Art worldwide.
Reginald Tate Collection Please contact us for more information
Richard Digby-Day Archive Please contact us for more information
Richard Southern Collection Theatrical image collection, accumulated by the theatre historian Dr Richard Southern, with special interest in theatre architecture and stage machinery.
Robert Donat Archive Personal records and correspondence relating to the theatrical career of the British film star, known for his role in Goodbye Mr Chips.
Robert Tanitch Collection Please contact us for more information
Rosalinde Fuller Collection Please contact us for more information
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) Archive Archive of the theatre company including production papers, photographs, props and masks, promotional material, programmes and reviews.
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Shirley Brown Archive Archive of the writer including papers relating to her career as a freelance writer, and relating to theatre in general.
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Show of Strength Theatre Company Archive Archive of the touring theatre company and the theatre pub established by them at the Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol. Includes playscripts, production papers, correspondence, business papers, plans and promotional material.
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Stephanie Cole Archive Archive of the actor famous for her roles in Tenko, Waiting for God and many others.
Suspect Culture Theatre Company Archive Please contact us for more information
Sylvia Rayman Archive Archive relating to the playwright Sylvia Rayman (1923-1986) including personal papers and writings.
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TC collection Information relating to the artificial collections within the Theatre Collection, including Designs, Posters/Playbills and Programmes.
Tom Vaughan Archive Archive of the critic, producer and actor. Includes critical review and articles, scrapbooks, correspondence, papers and programmes.
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University of Bristol Department of Drama Archive Administrative papers of the department, the first of its kind in the UK. Includes records relating to accommodation, productions, conferences, lectures, examinations, visiting companies, fellowships, research and the papers of Heads of Department and Theatre Managers.
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Val Lorraine Collection Archive of the actor, writer and landlady to a number of theatrical tenants in Bristol. Includes playscripts, programmes, correspondence, papers and press cuttings relating to Lorraine's career, and those of her friends.
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Welfare State International Theatre Company Archive Archive of the celebratory theatre company, based in Ulverston in Cumbria.
William Grossmith Collection Please contact us for more information
Women's Theatre Collection Archives, books and scripts, recording women's contribution to theatre.
Yolanda Sonnabend Archive Archive of the set and costume designer, most well known for her work with the Royal Ballet, including the designs for Swan Lake and La Bayadere which are still used today.
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