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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171
Dates of Creation 1887-ca.1950
Name of Creator London Pavilion Limited
Language of Material English
Physical Description 29 folders

Scope and Content

Records of shares and transfers London Pavilion Ltd; Journals and minute books; Engagement books - Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham; Salary records / takings records; Other business records

Administrative / Biographical History

The history of London Pavilion Ltd and Variety Theatres Consolidated is complex and the relationships between the two companies and the theatres that they controlled is not entirely known. Following the demolition of the first London Pavilion theatre in Tichborne Street in 1885 to make way for the construction of Shaftesbury Avenue, the proprietor, Robert Edwin Villiers built a new London Pavilion on a triangular plot at the heart of Picadilly Circus.

Shortly thereafter, Villiers sold the theatre to a limited company, London Pavilion Limited, in which a key player was the accountant and entrepreneur Henry Newson-Smith. Although ill-health limited his active involvement to less than a decade, Newson-Smith, in partnership with George Adney Payne and others, brought financial prudence and business acumen to the music-halls. He established a syndicate of London theatres, including the Tivoli and Oxford halls, and left Payne in charge of a virtual monopoly of West End music-halls during their most successful period.

After 1900 Payne, along with Henry Gros, took control of the suburban music-halls 'Palaces' of Euston (later the Regent Theatre), South London, Chelsea, Walthamstow, Tottenham, and East Ham. After his death he was succeeded by his son, Walter Payne.

In 1923 the Tivoli was was converted to a cinema, and in 1934 the Pavilion followed suit. In 1946 the latter came under the control of United Artists. In 1925 many of the suburban halls became part of the circuit operated by Variety Theatres Consolidated. Eventually most were demolished or converted to other uses.

Arrangement

These records have been arranged chronologically in the following series:

  • THM/171/SHA - Records of shares and transfers London Pavilion Ltd
  • THM/171/MIN - Journals and minute books
  • THM/171/ENG - Engagement books - Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham
  • THM/171/SAL - Salary records / takings records
  • THM/171/BUS - Other business records

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

Archive 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

Gift of the Friends of the Theatre Museum, 1981

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also V&A Department of Theatre & Performance Core Collections: material relating to the theatres managed by these companies may be found in several collections, including Theatre and Performance production files and theatre buildings files. Please ask for details.

See also THM/261 Walter Payne Archive.

Bibliography

Penny Olsen. London Pavilion: the history of the London PavilionLondon: Grosvenor Square Properties Group, 1988.

Andrew Crowhurst, 'Smith, Henry Newson- (1854-1898)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/56210, accessed 18 Nov 2008]

Andrew Crowhurst, 'Payne, (George) Adney (1846-1907)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/56207, accessed 18 Nov 2008]

Subjects

Theater - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Theater - Great Britain - History - 20th century
Theater management

Personal Names

Villiers, Robert Edwin. ( 1830-1904)
Payne, Walter
Payne, George Adney. ( 1846-1907)

Corporate Names

London Pavilion Ltd
Variety Theatres Consolidated

Cataloguing Info

Title London Pavilion Ltd / Theatres Consolidated, theatre management companies: records
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the V&A Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Guy Baxter
Revisions

Records of shares and transfers London Pavilion Ltd

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/TSHA
Dates of Creation 1889-1947
Physical Description 13 folders

Share Ledger No 2

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/1
Dates of Creation 1889-1899
Physical Description 1 volume

Share Ledger No 3

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/2
Dates of Creation 1899-1921
Physical Description 1 volume

Share Ledger No 4

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/3
Dates of Creation 1921-1928
Physical Description 1 volume

Register of Shareholders and Transfers No 1

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/4
Dates of Creation 1903-1924
Physical Description 1 volume

Register of Shareholders and Transfers Ordinary Shares

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/5
Dates of Creation 1892-1905
Physical Description 1 volume

Transfers and Preference Shares Ledger No 6

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/6
Dates of Creation 1928-1945
Physical Description 1 volume

Transfers No 44

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/7
Dates of Creation 1937-1943
Physical Description 1 volume

Transfers No 45

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/8
Dates of Creation 1943-1945
Physical Description 1 volume

Transfers No 46

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/9
Dates of Creation 1945-1947
Physical Description 1 volume

Preference Share Ledger No 2

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/10
Dates of Creation 1907-1928
Physical Description 1 volume

Ledger No 5

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/11
Dates of Creation ca.1915-1923
Physical Description 1 volume

Ledger No 6

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/12
Dates of Creation 1924-1931
Physical Description 1 volume

Index to Ordinary Share Ledger No 3

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/13
Dates of Creation 1889-1921
Physical Description 1 volume

Journals and minute books

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/MIN
Dates of Creation 1887-1913
Physical Description 3 folders

Journal

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/14
Dates of Creation January 1887
Physical Description 1 volume

Minute Book No 2

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/15
Dates of Creation 1891-1898
Physical Description 1 volume

Minute Book No 4

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/16
Dates of Creation 1905-1913
Physical Description 1 volume

Engagement books - Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham and Oxford

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/ENG
Dates of Creation 1908-1931
Physical Description 7 folders

Engagement book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/17
Dates of Creation 1908-1910
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes information relating to the following theatres: Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham


Engagement book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/29
Dates of Creation 1908-1919
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes information relating to Oxford Music Hall.


Engagement book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/18
Dates of Creation 1911-1913
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes information relating to the following theatres: Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham


Engagement book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/19
Dates of Creation 1914-1916
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes information relating to the following theatres: Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham


Engagement book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/20
Dates of Creation 1917-1919
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes information relating to the following theatres: Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham


Engagement book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/21
Dates of Creation 1920-1923
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes information relating to the following theatres: Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham


Engagement book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/22
Dates of Creation 1928-1931
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes information relating to the following theatres: Chelsea, Euston, S. London, Walthamstow, East Ham, Tottenham


Salary records / takings records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/SAL
Dates of Creation 1914-1946
Physical Description 3 folders

Tottenham Palace Salaries Book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/23
Dates of Creation 1917-1920
Physical Description 1 volume

Walthamstow Palace Abstract Book (takings)

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/24
Dates of Creation 1936-1946
Physical Description 1 volume

New Tivoli Salaries Book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/171/25
Dates of Creation 1914
Physical Description 1 volume