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THM/21 - Arts Theatre and Unicorn Theatre Archive

Arts Theatre and Unicorn Theatre Archive

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21
Dates of Creation1902-1982
Name of Creator Arts Theatre
Language of Material English
Physical Description 90 files (12 boxes)

Scope and Content

This archive consists of membership records; production files containing information relating to plays performed at the Arts Theatre and by the Unicorn Theatre. The archive consisting of a varying combination of material such as correspondence, documents, financial records, contracts, cast lists, programmes, scripts; an autograph book; scripts; flyers and programmes; documents and correspondence concerning the redevelopment of the Unicorn Theatre; documents and correspondence relating to the Royal Shakepeare Theatre Company's residency at the Arts Theatre. The archive's date range is 1902 to 1982, with the majority of the material from the 1950s and 1960s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Arts Theatre opened in 1927 and operated as an eating and drinking club, thus deliberately falling outside the censorship restrictions. It put on notable productions and ground-breaking works, as well as playing host to foreign companies.

In the early 1960s the Royal Shakespeare Company resided at the theatre with a daring experimental season of plays. In 1967 the Arts Theatre became home to Caryl Jenner's Unicorn Theatre for Children, providing 8 shows a year of its own devising and letting to other foreign children's companies as well.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Files have been arranged in the following series

  • THM/21/1 - Production Records
  • THM/21/2 - Scripts and Miscellaneous
  • THM/21/3 - Administrative and managerial records: Unicorn Theatre, Arts Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • THM/21/4 - Flyers and programmes

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.

Access may be restricted to files THM/21/3/1-8.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Arts Theatre

Custodial History

Previously in the possession of the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square, London.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's core collections: material relating to the Arts Theatre may be found in several collections, including production files, company files, theatre buildings files, biographical files for related persons, and photographs. Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theater - Great Britain - History - 20th century

Personal Names

Caryl, Jenner

Corporate Names

Arts Theatre
Unicorn Theatre for Children
Royal Shakespeare Company

Cataloguing Info

TitleArts Theatre and Unicorn Theatre Archive
Sub-titleCatalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
AuthorCatalogued by Angela Doane

Production Records

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1
Dates of Creation1956 -1976
Physical Description 62 files

Scope and Content

This series contains information relating to plays performed at the Arts Theatre, including those put on by the Unicorn Theatre, consisting of a varying combination of material such as correspondence, documents, financial records, contracts, cast lists, programmes, and scripts. Occasionally more than one production title will be in a file, when two plays were performed together.


Afternoon Men by Ricardo Aragno

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/1
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

Amelia's African Adventure, and 3 at Nine

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/2
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

Arts is Long and Time is Fleeting, poetry and music by George Rylands

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/3
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

The Blood Knot by Atholl Fugard

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/4
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

Breakfast for One by James Doran

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/5-6
Dates of Creation1961
Physical Description 2 files

The Brontes by Margaret Webster

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/7
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

Cambridge Circus aka Cambridge Footlights Revue

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/8
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

A Cheap Bunch of Nice Flowers by Edna O'Brien

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/9
Dates of Creation1962
Physical Description 1 file

The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/10
Dates of Creation1956
Physical Description 1 file

Cindy-Ella, or, I Gotta Shoe by Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/11
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

The Circus Adventure by James Ambrose Brown

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/12
Dates of Creation1961
Physical Description 1 file

Cockade by Charles Wood

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/13
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

Miss Julie by August Strindberg and Crawling Arnold by Jules Feiffer

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/14
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 file

The Cupboard by Ray Rigby

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/15
Dates of Creation1961
Physical Description 1 file

Divorce a la Carte by Victorien Sardou and Emile de Najac

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/16
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

Doctors of Philosophy by Muriel Spark

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/17
Dates of Creation1962
Physical Description 1 file

Ducks and Lovers by Murray Schisgal

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/18-19
Dates of Creation1961
Physical Description 2 files

Edward II by Christopher Marlowe

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/20
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/21
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description

Everything in the Garden by Giles Cooper

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/22
Dates of Creation1962
Physical Description 1 file

4 to the Bar

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/23
Dates of Creation1961
Physical Description 1 file

Finders Keepers

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/24
Dates of Creation1961
Physical Description 1 file

The Foot on the Stair devised by Tom Rothfield

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/25
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

The Formation Dancers by Frank Marcus

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/26
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

Four and a Tanner devised by Tony Tanner

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/27
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

The Game as Played by Leon Griffiths

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/28
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 file

Games by Fred Sadoff

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/29
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

The Glass Concert

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/30
Dates of Creation1967
Physical Description 1 file

The Hands of Eurydice by Pedro Bloch

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/31
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/32
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

Hildegarde

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/33
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 file

In White America by Martin B. Duberman

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/34
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

Kindly Monkeys by Milton Hood Wardd

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/35
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 file

The Knacker's Yard by Johnny Speight

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/36
Dates of Creation1962
Physical Description 1 file

The Kreutzer Sonata by Roderick Lovell and Hannah Watt

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/37
Dates of Creation 1961
Physical Description 1 file

Lady Audley's Secret and Let This Be a Warning!

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/38
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 file

Lady Chatterley by John Hart

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/39-40
Dates of Creation1961
Physical Description 2 files

Larry Adler and Shirley Abicair

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/41
Dates of Creation1967
Physical Description 1 file

A Love of Treason or The Game As Played by Leon Griffiths

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/142
Dates of Creation1965
Physical Description 1 file

The Love Game by Marcel Achard

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/43
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 file

The Lover and The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/44
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file

Luv by Murray Schisgal

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/21/1/45
Dates of Creation1963
Physical Description 1 file