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THM/178 - H.M. Tennent Administrative Archive
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H.M. Tennent Administrative Archive

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178
Dates of Creation 1934-1969
Name of Creator H.M. Tennent Ltd.
Language of Material English
Physical Description 12 boxes

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to H. M. Tennent Ltd. productions and includes correspondence, contracts, accounts, and material relating to engagement of cast and terms of employment.

Administrative / Biographical History

H.M. Tennent Ltd. was the leading West End production management company during the 1940s and 1950s. They worked with many leading actors under contract and producing a series of lavish revivals as well as new plays by such authors as Rattigan and designed by the leading theatre designers of the day. There was also a secondary group for a time, The Company of Four, producing at the Lyric, Hammersmith, London.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged as follows:

  • THM/178/1 - Production material
  • THM/178/2 - Correspondence
  • THM/178/3 - Miscellaneous

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

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 Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to H.M.Tennent Ltd, in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files. Material relating to H.M. Tennent can also be found in further collections including:

  • THM/53 - Association of Theatrical Designers and Craftsmen
  • THM/338 - H.M. Tennent (Ian Down Addition)
  • THM/413 - Collection of H.M. Tennent Correspondence relating to the 1954 Parliamentary Debate
  • THM/93 - Hugh (Binkie) Beaumont Archive
  • THM/488 - Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies Archive

Subjects

Theatrical producers and directors -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Theater -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.

Personal Names

Thorndinke, Sybil. ( 1882-1976)
Beaumont, Binkie. ( 1908-1973)
Tennent, Henry Montcrieff. ( 1879-1941)
Ffrangcon-Davies, Gwen. ( 1891-1992)

Cataloguing Info

Title H.M. Tennent Administrative Archive
Creation Created by intern using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2013-04-24
Revisions

Production management material

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1
Dates of Creation 1934-1969
Physical Description 145 files

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to H. M. Tennent productions including correspondence, contracts, casting and accounts.

Arrangement

Production material has been arranged alphabetically by production title.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some of the files may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.


Production management file for Adventure Story, 1949

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/1
Dates of Creation 1949
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence relating to Miss Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies' contract. This production was performed at the St James theatreand on tour.


Production management file for After the Ball, 1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/2
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to the engagement of cast, musicians, producer and designer for the run of the play at the Globe Theatre. Also contains correspondence from H.M. Tennent Ltd related to the contract for the provincial tour.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2035.


Production management file for After the Ball-second tour, 1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/3
Dates of Creation 1954-1955
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to the engagement of cast, producer, designer, musical director and stage management, and also contains various correspondence from H.M. Tennent Ltd. related to the provincial tour.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2035.


Production management file for All Clear, 1939

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/4
Dates of Creation 1939-1940
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to the engagement of cast, producer, designer, musical director and stage management for the run of the play at the Queen's Theatre and the certificates of registration from the London Theatre Council.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2021.

File reviewed in July 2016, now available to access.


Production management file for L'Amour Fou, 1961

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/5
Dates of Creation 1961
Physical Description 2 files

Scope and Content

This file contains a production agreement and various correspondence between Midland Band Ltd. and H.M. Tennent Ltd. It is not clear whether this play was produced.


Production management file for Another Love Story, 1944

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/6
Dates of Creation 1944
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains certificates of registration from the London Theatre Council, and material relating to the engagement of cast, producer, designer and theatre management. Also includes the contract terms for the run of the play at the Phoenix Theatre and on tour. It contains various correspondence between H.M. Tennent Ltd. and actors Paget Hunter and Spencer Trevor.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2025.

File reviewed in July 2016, now available to access.


Production management file for Antony and Cleopatra, 1946

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/7
Dates of Creation 1946-1947
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains certificates of registration from the London Theatre Council, understudy lists, contracts and various correspondence.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2028.


Production management file for At the Top of his Form, 1958

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/8
Dates of Creation 1958
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence between Binkie Beaumont and Ralph Richardson. It is not clear whether this play was produced.


Production management file for Bar Sinister, 1934

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/9
Dates of Creation 1934
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to the contracts, the engagement of the cast, producer and theatre management for the tour.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this file is restricted until 2015.

File reviewed in Jun 2016, now available for access.


Production management file for Biography, 1934

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/10
Dates of Creation 1934
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains four copies of a telegram sent to Noel Coward from Ina Claire and the contracts including Laurence Olivier's engagement for the run of the play. Also includes correspondence between Binkie Beaumont and Laurence Olivier. This production was performed at St. James theatre and on tour.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 2015.

File reviewed in Jun 2016, now available for access.


Production management file for Bonnet Over the Windmill, 1937

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/11
Dates of Creation 1937
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains a certificate of registration from the London Theatre Council for James Mason plus his terms of contract for the play. It also contains a production agreement and correspondence between Paul Scofield and Binkie Beaumont about the BBC broadcasting of "Windmill Near a Frontier".


Production management file for Both Ends Meet, 1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/12
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This file contains terms of contract for the production of the play at the Apollo Theatre and on tour.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2035


Production management file for The Burning Glass, 1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/13
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains a programme for the play at the Apollo Theatre plus various correspondence discussing the terms of contract.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 1 Jan 2035.


Production management file for Charley's Aunt, 1953-1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/14
Dates of Creation 1953-1955
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains various correspondence relating to the terms of contract for the play, plus the engagement of cast, producer, designer and stage management.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2036.


Production management file for The Complaisant Lover, 1959

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/15
Dates of Creation 1959-1960
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains various correspondence about Graham Greene's new play for the Globe Theatre and various correspondence related to the rehearsals of the play in London.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2041.


Production management file for The Cradle Song, 1944

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/16
Dates of Creation 1944
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains a profit and loss account and a balance sheet.


Production management file for Crime and Punishment, 1946

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/17
Dates of Creation 1946
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains a treasury statement.


Production management file for The Dark Is Light Enough, 1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/18
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains various correspondence relating to terms of contract for the play and the engagement of cast, producer, designer, choreographer and theatre management.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 01 Jan 2035.


Production management file for Dazzling Prospect, 1961

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/19
Dates of Creation 1961
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains various correspondence from Margaret Rutherford as well as black and white photographs of her.


Production management file for Dear Brutus, 1941

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/178/1/20
Dates of Creation 1941
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains certificates of registration from the London Theatre Council and terms of contract for cast, set designer and theatre management and various correspondence related to the production at the Globe Theatre and on tour.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to part of this file is restricted until 1 Jan 2022.

File reviewed in July 2016, now available to access.