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This material is held at V&A: Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24
Dates of Creation 1981-1999
Name of Creator Cheek by Jowl
Language of Material English
Physical Description 163 files

Scope and Content

This archive consists of papers relating to the administrative and creative work of Cheek by Jowl.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cheek by Jowl was formed by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod in 1981 with a manifesto to "re-examine classical texts, avoiding directorial and design concepts, and to focus on the actor's art". The company name alludes to a line from A Midsummer Night's Dream and was chosen to convey the aspiration for an intimacy between the actors, the audience and the text. Beginning as a small touring company, Cheek by Jowl built an international reputation for innovative productions of Shakespeare, Restoration comedies and lesser known European classics as well as new writing (including the premiere of Donnellan's own play Lady Betty). In 1998 Ormerod, Donnellan and the company took a sabbatical to work on other projects, returning in 2001 with the British premiere of Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul.

Arrangement

These records have been arranged chronologically (in the case of venue contracts, alphabetically) in the following series:

  • Company History and Correspondence
  • Production and Tour Management records
  • Literary records
  • Marketing records
  • Costume Designs
  • Photographs
  • Funding and Sponsorship records
  • Staff and Venue Contracts
  • Audio material

Conditions Governing Access

This archive is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre & Perfomance'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 tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Additionally 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 search room using non-flash photography.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company, 1999.

Custodial History

This material came to the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance from the company in 1999.

Accruals

Further accruals of further Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company records are expected.

Related Material

See also V&A Department of Theatre & Performance Core Collections: material relating to Cheek by Jowl may be found in several collections, including Theatre Collections production files, company files, biographical files for related persons, photographs and the National Video Archive of Performance Recordings. Please ask for details.

Separated Material

Prompt scripts have been removed to the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance Library.

Bibliography

Delgado, Maria and Heritage, Paul (eds), In Contact with the Gods? Directors Talk Theatre, Manchester University Press, 1996.

Donnellan, Declan, The Actor and the Target, Nick Hern Books, 2002.

Irvin, Polly, Directing the Stage, Roto Vision, 2003.

Luckhurst, Mary and Giannachi, Gabriella (eds), On Directing, Faber, 1999.

Reade, Simon, Cheek by Jowl. Ten Years of Celebration, Absolute Classics, 1991.

Subjects

Theater - Great Britain - History - 20th century
Theatrical companies -- Great Britain
Theater management
Theatre

Personal Names

Donellan, Declan
Ormerod, Nick

Cataloguing Info

Title Cheek by Jowl, theatre company: records
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Kate Dorney

Company History and Correspondence

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/1
Dates of Creation 1990-1997
Physical Description 4 files

Scope and Content

Material on company history, including information on roles within the company and also general company correspondence.


Company History file

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/1/1
Dates of Creation 1990-1997
Physical Description 1 folder

Company Roles and Job Descriptions file

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/1/2
Dates of Creation [ca.1990]-1996
Physical Description 1 folder

General Company Correspondence file

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/1/3
Dates of Creation 1981-1985
Physical Description 1 folder

Company Correspondence with the Public file

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/1/4
Dates of Creation 1990-1995
Physical Description 1 folder

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this file may be restricted until 2026.


Production and Tour Management records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2
Dates of Creation 1982-1999
Physical Description 21 files

Scope and Content

Material relating to national and international tours of productions. Most files contain all or some of the following information: audience feedback, show reports, correspondence and administration relating to various tours, and technical information.


Production and Tour management file for Othello by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/1
Dates of Creation 1982-1983
Physical Description 1 folder

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this file may be restricted until 2014.


Production and Tour management file for Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray / Pericles by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/2
Dates of Creation 1983-1986
Physical Description 4 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2017.


Production and Tour management file for Andromache by Jean Racine

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/3
Dates of Creation 1984-1985
Physical Description 2 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2016.


Production and Tour management file for A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare / The Man of Mode by George Etherege

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/4
Dates of Creation 1985-1987
Physical Description 5 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2018.


Production and Tour management file for Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare / The Cid by Pierre Corneille

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/5
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 3 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2018.


Production and Tour management file for Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/6
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 3 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2018.


Production and Tour management file for A Family Affair by Alexander Ostrovsky

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/7
Dates of Creation 1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this file may be restricted until 2019.


Production and Tour management file for The Tempest by William Shakespeare / Philoctetes by Sophocles

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/8
Dates of Creation 1988-1989
Physical Description 6 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2020.


Production and Tour management file for The Doctor of Honour by Pedro Calderon

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/9
Dates of Creation 1988-1989
Physical Description 2 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2020.


Production and Tour management file for Lady Betty by Declan Donnellan

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/10
Dates of Creation 1989-1990
Physical Description 3 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2021.


Production and Tour management file for Sara by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/11
Dates of Creation 1990-1991
Physical Description 4 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2022.


Production and Tour management file for Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/12
Dates of Creation 1989-1991
Physical Description 6 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2022.


Production and Tour management file for As You like It by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/13
Dates of Creation 1991-1992
Physical Description 10 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2023.


Production and Tour management file for Don't Fool With Love by Alfred de Musset / The Blind Men by Michel de Ghelderode

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/14
Dates of Creation 1992-1993
Physical Description 7 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2024.


Production and Tour management file for Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/15
Dates of Creation 1993-1994
Physical Description 10 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2025.


Production and Tour management file for As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/16
Dates of Creation 1994-1995
Physical Description 18 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2026.


Production and Tour management file for The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/17
Dates of Creation 1994-1995
Physical Description 20 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2025.


Production and Tour management file for Out Cry by Tennessee Williams

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/18
Dates of Creation 1997
Physical Description 5 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2028.


Production and Tour management file for Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/19
Dates of Creation 1998-1999
Physical Description 10 folders

Conditions Governing Access

Access to one of these files may be restricted until 2030.


Touring Venue Technical Specification file

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/24/2/20
Dates of Creation 1982-1996
Physical Description 12 folders

Scope and Content

Arranged alphabetically by geographical name of the venue.