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THM/145 - George Bernard Shaw Financial Papers

George Bernard Shaw Financial Papers

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145
Dates of Creation1894-1920
Name of CreatorGeorge Bernard Shaw
Language of Material English
Physical Description 10 boxes, 54 folders.

Scope and Content

Financial papers relating to productions of plays by George Bernard Shaw: receipts, notes and some correspondence concerning box office takings for Shaw productions and tours collected and collated by Shaw to assess royalties due.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Dublin, at the age of twenty George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) moved to London and began to write music and drama criticism, as well as novels. He was an active socialist and public orator, joining the Fabian Society in 1884 (where he met his wife Charlotte Payne-Townsend), and serving on its executive committe from 1885-1911. He wrote his first play, Widower's House, in 1891, going on to write many plays including Candida, Mrs Warren's Profession, Pygmalion, Saint Joan, and Back to Methuselah. Declining to go into politics, he helped found the London School of Economics and was closely associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar in his lifetime.

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.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Bernard Shaw, as well as his plays in general may be found in several collections, including a biographical file, programmes for London and regional performances of his plays, and photograph files. Please enquire for details.

Subjects

Theater--United States
Theater--Great Britain.
Theaters Attendance
Theater Finance

Personal Names

Shaw,  George Bernard

Cataloguing Info

TitleGeorge Bernard Shaw Financial Papers
CreationCreated by Paul Shackleton using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2013-02-15

Pygmalion

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/1
Dates of Creation1914-1920
Name of CreatorGeorge Bernard Shaw
Physical Description 2 boxes, 6 folders

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to various productions or tours of Pygmalion.


Pygmalion - His Majesty's Theatre

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/1/1
Dates of Creation1914
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Series contains week by week records of box office takings for Herbert Beerbohms Tree's production of Pygmalion staged at His Majesty's Theatre along with summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw. Some of the summaries appear to be annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


Pygmalion - Mrs Patrick Campbell's Tours

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/1/2
Dates of Creation1914
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

File contains week by week records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Mrs Patrick Campbell's two tours of Pygmalion in the USA and Canada, including New York, Washington, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, Ontario and Ottowa. Some of the documents have been collated with annotation by Bernard Shaw himself and in the second folder under 1915 there is a handwritten note pertaining to incorrect calculations of royalties.


Pygmalion - Charles Macdona Tours

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/1/3
Dates of Creation1914-1920
Physical Description 3 folders

Scope and Content

Series contains week by week records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Charles Madona's tours of Pygmalion in the UK. Some of the documents have been collated with annotation by Bernard Shaw himself.


Various UK theatres

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/1/3/1
Dates of Creation1914-1919
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

File contains week by week records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Charles Madona's tours of Pygmalion in the UK. Some of the documents have been collated with annotation by Bernard Shaw himself.


Duke of York's Theatre

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/1/3/2
Dates of Creation1920
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains record of box office takings and summary of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Charles Madona's production of Pygmalion at the Duke of York's Theatre. Some of the documents have been collated with annotation by Bernard Shaw himself.


Viola Tree- Aldwych Theatre

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/1/3/3
Dates of Creation1920
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains record of box office takings and summary of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Charles Madona's production of Pygmalion at the Viola Tree managed Aldwych Theatre. Some of the documents have been collated with annotation by Bernard Shaw himself.


Arms and the Man

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/2
Dates of Creation1894-1919
Name of CreatorGeorge Bernard Shaw
Physical Description 1 box, 3 folders

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to various productions and tours of Arms and the Man. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


Arms and the Man - Avenue Theatre

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/2/1
Dates of Creation1894
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains record of box office takings and summary of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Florence Farr's production of Arms and the Man at the Avenue Theatre. Some of the documents have been collated with annotation by Bernard Shaw himself.


Arms and the Man - Albert E Drinkwater

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/2/2
Dates of Creation1894-1895
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Albert E Drinkwater's tour of Arms and the Man at various UK theatres. Some of the documents have been collated with annotation by Bernard Shaw himself.


Arms and the Man - Albert Daly

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/2/3
Dates of Creation1906
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Arnold Daly's tour of Arms and the Man in the USA.


Arms and the Man - Miscellaneous USA

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/2/4
Dates of Creation1896-1916
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for various performances of Arms and the Man in the USA.


Arms and the Man - Miscellaneous UK and Ireland

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/2/5
Dates of Creation1908-1915
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for various performances of Arms and the Man in the UK and Ireland.


Arms and the Man - Duke of York's Theatre

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/2/6
Dates of Creation1919-1920
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains records of box office takings and summaries of royalties due to Bernard Shaw for Robert Lorraine's production of Arms and the Man at the Duke of York's Theatre. Some of the documents have handwritten notes by Bernard Shaw himself.


Captain Brassbound's Conversion

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/3
Dates of Creation1907-1916
Name of CreatorGeorge Bernard Shaw
Physical Description 1 box, 3 folders

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to various productions and tours of Captain Brassbound's Conversion. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


Captain Brassbound's Conversion - Various Productions

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/3/1
Dates of Creation1902-1915
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to various productions of Captain Brassbound's Conversion including those produced by Janet Achurch and Gertrude Kingston. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


Captain Brassbound's Conversion - Ellen Terry

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/3/2
Dates of Creation1907-1908
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to Ellen Terry's production of Captain Brassbound's Conversion ar various theatres in both the UK and the USA.


Captain Brassbound's Conversion - USA

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/3/3
Dates of Creation1915/1916
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to productions of Captain Brassbound's Conversion on tour in the USA, also including a few notes on takings for three other productions; Great Catherine, Overuled and Dark Lady of the Sonnets. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


Caesar and Cleopatra

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/4
Dates of Creation1907-1914
Name of CreatorGeorge Bernard Shaw
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to J Forbes-Robertson productions or tours of Caesar and Cleopatra in both the UK and the USA. Some of the documents have been annotated or signed by Bernard Shaw himself.


Caesar and Cleopatra - J Forbes-Robertson - UK

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/4/1
Dates of Creation1907
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to J Forbes-Robertson productions or tours of Caesar and Cleopatra in the UK. One of the documents has been signed by Bernard Shaw himself.


Caesar and Cleopatra - J Forbes-Robertson - US

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/4/2
Dates of Creation1906-1914
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to J Forbes-Robertson productions or tours of Caesar and Cleopatra in the US. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


Androcles and the Lion

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/5
Dates of Creation1913-1916
Name of CreatorGeorge Bernard Shaw
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to McCarthy/Barker productions and tours of Androcles and the Lion in both the UK and the USA. Some of the documents have been annotated or signed by Bernard Shaw himself.


Androcles and the Lion - London

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/5/1
Dates of Creation1913
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to McCarthy/Barker production of Androcles and the Lion at St Jame's Theatre in London. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


Androcles and the Lion - USA tour

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/5/2
Dates of Creation1915-1916
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to McCarthy/Barker tour of Androcles and the Lion in the USA including the Belasco Theatre, Washington DC and Wallack's Theatre, New York. Some of the documents have been annotated or signed by Bernard Shaw himself.


You Never Can Tell

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/6
Dates of Creation1900-1919
Name of CreatorGeorge Bernard Shaw
Physical Description 1 box, 9 folders

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to various worldwide productions of You Never Can Tell. Some of the documents have been annotated or signed by Bernard Shaw himself.


You Never Can Tell - Worldwide Miscellaneous Productions

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/6/1
Dates of Creation1900-1919
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to various miscellaneous worldwide productions of You Never Can Tell. Including performances in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


You Never Can Tell - Arnold Daly - USA

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/6/2
Dates of Creation1905-1906
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to the Arnold Daly productions of You Never Can Tell in the USA. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.


You Never Can Tell - Marbury/Daly - USA

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/6/3
Dates of Creation1905
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to the Elisabeth Marbury and Arnold Daly productions of You Never Can Tell in New York.


You Never Can Tell - Hunter-Bradford Players

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/6/4
Dates of Creation1907
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to the Hunter-Bradford Players production of You Never Can Tell in the USA.


You Never Can Tell - Platt/Towers

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/145/6/5
Dates of Creation1905-1908
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Financial documents relating to the Taylor Platt and Trevor Towers production of You Never Can Tell in the UK. Some of the documents have been annotated by Bernard Shaw himself.