Emile Littler Archive
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|This material is held at||V&A Department of Theatre and Performance|
|Reference Number(s)||GB 71 THM/144|
|Dates of Creation||1890s-1960s|
|Name of Creator||Emile Littler|
|Language of Material||English|
|Physical Description||21 boxes|
Scope and Content
Photographs, correspondence and designs collected by Emile Littler throughout his career. The correspondence includes letters to and from a number of costumiers. The designs are mostly for productions at Daly's Theatre in 1913, many of these are not connected with Littler productions. The collection also contains some scrapbooks, posters and miscellaneous business documents.
Administrative / Biographical History
Emile Littler (1903-1958) was one of the greatest British theatrical impresarios of the 20th century, particularly for pantomime and musicals. The son of theatrical managers Agnes and Jules Richoux, Emile and his siblings were adopted by Frank Littler after he married their mother. Three of the Littler children - Blanche, Prince and Emile - went on to become the most influential producers of their day who understood better than most the pitfalls of a career in show business. Emile Littler started his theatrical career as assistant stage manager at the Ambassador Theatre, Southend in 1922, moving to the Royal Court Theatre in London a year later as business manager, and in 1925 becoming assistant stage manager at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Conditions Governing Access
Individual records for designs and posters may be found on the V&A's Search the Collections. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and details about this collection.
This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre & 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's between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm, access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email email@example.com or telephone 020 7942 2698.
Conditions Governing Use
Archive material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the search room using non-flash photography.
See also the production file for The Marriage Market at Daly's Theatre in May 1913 in addition to core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material related to Emile Little, this above play and subjects involved in the production may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.
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|Littler, Emile. ( 1903-1985)|
|Royal Court Theatre, London, England|
|Ambassador Theatre, Southend, England|
|Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, England|
|Daly's Theatre, London, England|