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Anton Dolin Cuttings Books (2)

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12
Dates of CreationSep 1926 - Nov 1952
Name of CreatorAnton Dolin
Language of Material English Spanish French Russian
Physical Description 39 boxes (39 volumes)

Scope and Content

This large group of cuttings books are a comprehensive record of the greater part of Anton Dolin's career from the 1920s until 1952 and were complied by Dolin's mother and himself. The material covers the birth of the first British ballet companies and the role played by Dolin and Markova in the spread of ballet to America. There is also considerable information about dance in revue and variety.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anton Dolin (born Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healy-Kaye 1904 - 1983) was the first great British-born danseur of the 20th century. Having performed as a child actor he trained with Grace and Lily Cone in Brighton and from 1917 as a dancer with Serafina Astafieva. He gained recognition dancing with serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921 -1922; 1923 - 1925 and 1929.

Dolin was always concerned to take ballet to new audiences and consequently ready to dance in variety, revues, pantomime and on film with ballet companies. In the 1920s he established his own group working with Ninette de valois, Phyllis Bedells and Vera Nemchinova presenting ballets at the London Coliseum and subsequently played a significant role in the foundation of 20th century British ballet dancing with the Camargo Society (1930-1933) and the Vic-Wells Ballet where his partnership with Alicia Markova was consolidated. In 1935 the established the Markova-Dolin Ballet which toured extensively throughout Britain for two seasons (1935 - 1937). Dolin subsequently joined the de Basil Ballet Russe before working in the USA with the new Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre) and again running further Markova Dolin companies and concert groups.

In 1948 Markova and Dolin returned to Britain, initially to guest with Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden but also to present ballet in arenas and again tour in Britain. This led to the formation in 1950 of Festival Ballet later London's Festival Ballet, (now English National Ballet) where Dolin remained as Artistic Direcotr and premier danseur until 1961. He never stopped performing, taking on acting and mime roles. Dolin was a notable danseur noble, a popular partner who encouraged young ballerinas and formed notable stage partnerships with Markova, Nemchinova, and Irina Baronova. He encouraged boys to study ballet and produced important stagings of Giselle, as well as his own version of Pas de quatre and the companion showpiece for men Variations for Four. At the end of his life he received a knighthood for services to dance.

Arrangement

The cuttings books are arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Acquisition Information

Acquired through auction at Sotheby's on 22 May 1997. Lot 375.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Anton Dolin biographical files, photographic files and files on the Markova-Dolin Ballet, the Ballet Russes, American Ballet Theatre and Festival Ballet are held in the Core Collection. The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance hold several costumes worn by Dolin. See also the London Archives of the Dance (THM/238) for a Dolin photo album; the Cyril W. Beaumont Collection (THM/239) for designs for the Markova-Dolin Ballet and the Rachel Cameron Collection (THM/414) for extensive holdings including a large photographic collection on Dolin which complements material in these cuttings books.

Also see THM/11 - Anton Dolin Scrapbooks (1) for material covering 1916-1944.

Personal Names

Dolin,  Anton. ( 1904-1983) 
Diaghilev,  Serge. ( 1872-1929) 
Markova,  Alicia. ( 1910-2004) 
De Valois,  Ninette. ( 1898-2001) 
Baronova,  Irina. ( 1919-2008) 
Nemchinova,  Vera. ( 1899-1984) 

Corporate Names

Ballet Theater  --  New York, NY 
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Markova Dolin Ballet
London Festival Ballet

Cataloguing Info

TitleAnton Dolin Cuttings Books (2)
CreationCreated by intern using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2012-05-22

Cuttings Book 1926 - 1927

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/1
Dates of CreationSep 1926 - June 1927
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Anton Dolin's performances in Charlot's Show of 1926 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London and on tour, Piccadilly Revels at the Piccadilly Hotel on 6 December 1926, Vaudeville Vanities at the Vaudeville Theatre in December 1926, performances with Phyllis Bedells at Bristol Hippodrome, Manchester Hippodrome, London Coliseum on 14 March, and Leicester Palace, performances of Movement in Manchester, and a season at the London Coliseum with Tamara Karsavina with performances including Nutcracker pas de deux, The Snuff Box, Le Spectre de la rose.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1926 - 1928

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/2
Dates of CreationDec 1926 - Mar 1928
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Anton Dolin's temporary blindness caused by brights lights during the filming of Piccadilly Revels in December 1926; his performances in a variety of shows including: charity matinees at His Majesty's Theatre on 22 December 1926 and the London Coliseum 24 October 1926; London Pride at the New Theatre 8 May 1927; Lady Celia Coates Matinee at Daly's Theatre 30 May 1927; as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Adelphi Theatre on 3 November 1927, the Sunshine Matinee; Bloomsbury Revels for the Foundling Hospital with Tamara Karsavina in June 1927; with Ninette de Valois at the Floral Hall, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne September 1926; with Vera Nemchinova at the Theatre Royal, Harrogate and Brighton Palace Pier November 1927; and The British Empire Union Ball. Other press cuttings on the decoration of his flat and ''general gossip''.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1928

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/3
Dates of CreationJan 1928 - Oct 1928
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's tour of France with Vera Nemchinova and Nicolas Zvereff. Specific performances include a gala at the Sporting Club in Cannes on 7 January 1928, the Monte Carlo Casino Municipal, Nice on 9 January 1928, the Grand Casino at Hyères, Paris 23 January 1928 and Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris. Also present are press cuttings related to Dolin's performances in the Royal Command Performance on 1 March 1928 at the London Coliseum; the March-April and June seasons at London Coliseum 1928; Rhapsody in Blue at the Alhambra, London July 1928 and the Manchester Hippodrome; Sunshine Matinee, Apollo Theatre 10 July 1928; Palace Pier Brighton 1 July 1928 with Nemchinova, 2 September with Ninette de Valois; Theatre Royal, Harrogate 15 August 1928 with de Valois; the Amsterdam Olympic Games Week with Nemchinova; Casino High-life, Dinard 20 August with Nemchinova; Vaudeville Pavilion, Devonshire Park Eastbourne with Ninette de Valois; London Coliseum season 3 September 1928 Les Sylphides; Bristol Hippodrome October 1928;

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1928 - 1929

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/4
Dates of CreationOct 1928 - Feb 1929
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's performances of Revolution at the London Coliseum with Anna Ludmila in 1928, performances at the Winter Garden Berlin in November 1928 with Nemchinova and Zverev, a tour of Brescia, Venice, Antwerp, and Brussels, and performances at the London Palladium in February 1929.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1929

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/5
Dates of CreationAug 1929 - Dec 1929
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's performances with Anna Ludmila in September and October at the London Coliseum; a cabaret at the Cafe de Paris in October; The Motor Ball and Carnival charity performance at the ROH Covent Garden on 23 October 1929; in the Locarno Armistice Ball at the Locarno Dance Hall, Streatham; a recital at the Arts Theatre with Penelope Spencer and Hedley Briggs on 5 December 1929; various charity performances including: Lloyd Memorial in Caxton, Seaside Homes at the London Coliseum, the All-Star Matinee for the Central Council for the ''care of cripples'' at the Lyric Theatre on 29 November 1929, a charity performance for Middlesex Hospital at the Queen's Hall on 30 October 1929, a matinee in aid of homeless babies at the London Palladium on 3 November 1929, and a matinee for the Catholic Stage Guild 21 October 1929; Dolin's engagement to Anna Ludmila in September 1929.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1929 - 1930

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/6
Dates of CreationAug 1929 - Aug 1930
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's appearances in the films Dark Red Roses with George Balanchine and Lydia Lopokova and Alf's Button with Anna Ludmila, his performances in Lew Leslie's International Revue at the New York Magestic Theatre in January - May 1930, in Away from the Blues at the London Coliseum with Paul Haakon in June 1930, and in The Sparrow's Nest in Lowestoft on 4 August 1930.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1930 - 1931

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/7
Dates of CreationJuly 1930 - Oct 1931
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's career performances in Charlot's Masquerade at Birmingham Theatre Royal and Cambridge Theatre, London; Pomona with the Camargo Society; a dance recital with the Faculty of Dancing at the Prince's Hall Dance; at the London Coliseum with Anna Ludmila on 24 November 1930; Vic-Wells performances; the Lyceum Opera & Ballet season with Vera Nemchinova, Job with the Camargo Scoiety in London and the Oxford Music Festival; performances of Job at a Lowestoft recital on 16 August 1931 with Derra de Merode, Wendy Toye, Doris Sonne, Natasha Gregorova. Various thank you notes from from Mimi [Crawford], Lilian Baylis, Ninette [de Valois], and Freddie.

Conditions Governing Access

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Cuttings Book 1930 - 1932

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/8
Dates of CreationDec 1930 - May 1932
Language of Material German English
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's performaces in Stand Up and Sing at Southampton Empire, Manchester Palace, Glasgow Alhambra, Edinburgh Empire, Birmingham, Theatre Royal, and London Hippodrome; Job at the Old Vic in October-December 1931; Tales of Hoffman in November 1931 at the Reinhardt; performances at the Old Vic-Sadler's Wells in Jan - April 1932 and at London Plaza in May1932.

Conditions Governing Access

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Cuttings Book 1934

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/9
Dates of CreationMay 1934 - Dec 1934
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin and Vera Zorina's performance in Precipice, a play by Frances Gregory, at the Manchester & Savoy Theatre, London; Dolin's performances in Hamlet and Baiser de la fee during the Nijinska season at the Châtelet, Paris in June 1934; the cancelled season at London Coliseum in July 1934; a national tour with Alicia Markova, Wendy Toye, Frederic Franklin to music halls and other venues including Golders Green on 16 July, the Alhambra Leicester Square on 23 and 30 July, Streatham Hill Theatre on 6 August, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkstone, Chiswick Empire on 20 August, Manchester Hippodrome on 24 August, Sparrows' Nest, Lowestoft , Kincardine, Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool on 10 September, Alhambra on 17 September, Bournemouth Pavilion on 23 September, Prince of Wales, Birmingham on 30 September, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne on 8 October, and Newcastle; Dolin's performance in West End Scandals at the Garrick Theatre on 22 October; Dolin's choreography in the film Chu Chin Chow; his performance in the film Forbidden Territory; performances at Southport Garrick Theatre on 26 November and at Chelsea Palace on 3 December, Dolin's appearance at the Foyles Literary Luncheon with Arnold Haskell, Tilly Losch, Agnes de Mille, and Ashley Dukes.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1934 - 1935

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/10
Dates of CreationDec 1934 - July 1935
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's performances in a variety tour with Billy Bennett entitled King Folly at Leeds Empire, Watford Palace, Birmingham Hippodrome, Holborn Empire, Finsbury Park Empire, Stratford Empire, Oxford New Theatre, Newcastle Empire, Glasgow Empire, and Sunderland Empire; performances of the Dolin ''Company'' i.e. Wendy Toye, Guy Massey, Vera Lavrova, Phyllis Strickland, and Frederic Franklin at Brighton Theatre Royal, Dolin's performance at the Masked Ball at Austrian Legation December 1934 with Tilly Losch, his appearance with Lilian Harvey in the film Invitation to the Waltz; peformances in the Cochran Midnight Cabaret at Juan les Pins Casino on 27 July 1935; various dance cuttings.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1935

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/11
Dates of CreationMar 1935 - Nov 1935
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to the Vic-Wells regional tour to Blackpool Opera House, Glasgow Alhambra, Bournemouth Pavilion, King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Manchester Opera House, Birmingham Theatre Royal, and Leeds Grand; the Markova and Dolin tour to Leas Cliff Hall, Folkstone, Sparrow's Nest, Lowestoft, South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, Devonshire Park, and Eastbourne; a Royal Variety Performance including Dolin with Jessie Matthews at London Palladium on 29 October 1935; the Phyllis Bedells Farewell Matinee at the London Hippodrome on 8 November 1935.

Conditions Governing Access

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Cuttings Book 1935 - 1936

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/12
Dates of CreationSep 1935 - Mar 1936
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to the opening of the Markova-Dolin Ballet and their tour Newcastle,Theatre Royal, Liverpool Empire, Nottingham, Oxford New, Bristol Princess; Markova and Dolin's performance in the Festival Dinner and Dance to benefit the Home for Aged Jews at the Dorchester Hotel on 15 December 1935; the season at Duke of York's Theatre; letters from Caryl Brahms and Sophia Harris (Motley).

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1935 - 1945

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/13
Dates of CreationAug 1935 - 1945
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to performances by the Markova-Dolin Company including David at the Duke of York Theatre in London in January 1936; the Markova-Dolin Company tour to Manchester Opera House, Southsea, Leeds, Brighton Hippodrome, Birmingham Hippodrome; the Vic-Wells tour in August 1935 - September 1935; Dolin's performance in the film Invitation to the Waltz, Ballet-go-round publication; articles about the De Basil Ballets Russes 1939 tour of Australia and New Zealand 1939, Ballet Theatre from 1941-1944, and the Markova-Dolin Company in the USA in 1945.

Conditions Governing Access

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Cuttings Book 1936

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/14
Dates of CreationMar 1936 - Nov 1936
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to Dolin's performance in the Anna Pavlova Memorial Matinee at the Palace; the Markova-Dolin Company tour to Birmingham Theatre Royal, Leeds Grand, Glasgow Alhambra, Manchester Opera House, Blackpool Opera House, Streatham Hill Theatre, Golders Green Hippodrome, Bournemouth Pavilion, and the Brighton Hippodrome; performances in Juan les Pins and Cannes in August 1936; the Markova-Dolin Company autumn tour to Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, King's Theatre Southsea, City Hall, Sheffield, New Theatre, Oxford, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, Wimbledon Theatre, King's Theatre Hammersmith, Bradford Alhambra, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, and the Princess Theatre, Bristol.

Conditions Governing Access

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Cuttings Book 1936 - 1937

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/12/15
Dates of CreationSept 1936 - Sept 1937
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material related to the Markova-Dolin Company's final tour with Bronislava Nijinska to King's Theatre Southsea, Opera House, Manchester, People's Palace, Mile End, Liverpool Empire, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Glasgow Alhambra, King's Theatre, Edinburgh, and King's Theatre Hammersmith with Vera Nemchinova; the Nijinsky matinee on 28 May 1936, as well as correspondence related to this performance; Dolin's appearance at the Theatrical Garden Party in June 1937; various radio and television appearances; miscellaneous cuttings including Modern Ballet in the Making which focuses on the teaching of Zambelli, Staats, and Mante at the Paris Opera.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.