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Michael Codron Ltd.: Financial Papers

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27
Dates of Creation 1958-1983
Name of Creator Codron, Michael
Language of Material English
Physical Description 110 folders

Scope and Content

This archival collection contains weekly box office returns for productions produced by Michael Codron across Britain.

Arrangement

The collection has been combined into the following series:

  • Box Office Returns

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Victor Codron was born on 8 June 1930. He began his theatrical career as an assistant to Jack Hylton who then recommended him to produce Salad Days. His first show as an independent producer was Ring for Catty (1956) and he soon acquired a reputation for championing new writers, most famously producing the first production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party at the Hammersmith Lyric in 1958. He went on to produce Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane and Pinter's The Caretaker and thus became embroiled in the 'Dirty Plays' controversy in which the immensely powerful producer and theatre owner Emile Littler condemned Codron and the newly formed RSC (among others) of violating the sanctity of the British stage.

Codron has consistently championed playwrights and plays over musicals and was without rival as a producer of straight commercial plays from the 1970s until the 1990s: among the playwrights he is most often associated with are Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Frayn, Simon Gray and Charles Wood.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some of this material may be restricted. This material will be 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

Michael Codron deposited his collection of box office returns as a gift to the Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre and Performance Collections.

Related Material

See also Theatre and Performance Core Collections: material relating to Michael Codron may be found in several collections, including his biographical file, relevant production files, and photographs. Please ask for more details.

Subjects

Theatre Management

Personal Names

Codron, Michael
Littler, Emile. ( 1903-1985)

Cataloguing Info

Title Michael Codron Ltd.: Financial Papers
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Ramona Riedzewski
Revisions

Box Office Returns

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1
Dates of Creation 1957-83

Scope and Content

Files contain details of weekly box office returns for shows produced by Michael Codron Ltd.


The Bandwagon

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/1
Dates of Creation 1969-1970
Physical Description 1 folder

Bells of Hell

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/2
Dates of Creation 1977
Physical Description 1 folder

Big Bad Mouse

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/3
Dates of Creation 1965-1968
Physical Description 1 folder

Big Soft Nellie

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/4
Dates of Creation 1961
Physical Description 1 folder

The Boy Friend

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/5
Dates of Creation 1967-1968
Physical Description 1 folder

Breath of Spring

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/6
Dates of Creation 1958-1959
Physical Description 1 folder

Busybody

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/7
Dates of Creation 1964-1965
Physical Description 1 folder

Butley

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/8
Dates of Creation 1971-1972
Physical Description 1 folder

The Caretaker

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/9
Dates of Creation 1960-1962
Physical Description 1 folder

The Changing Room

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/10
Dates of Creation 1971-1972
Physical Description 1 folder

Cider with Rosie

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/11
Dates of Creation 1963
Physical Description 1 folder

Cindy Ella

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/12
Dates of Creation 1962-1963
Physical Description 1 folder

Collaborators

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/13
Dates of Creation 1973
Physical Description 1 folder

Come Laughing Home

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/14
Dates of Creation 1965
Physical Description 1 folder

Confusions

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/15
Dates of Creation 1976-1977
Physical Description 1 folder

The Contractor

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/16
Dates of Creation 1970-1971
Physical Description 1 folder

rown Matrimonial

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/17
Dates of Creation 1972-1974
Physical Description 1 folder

Donkey's Years

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/18
Dates of Creation 1976-1978
Physical Description 1 folder

Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/19
Dates of Creation 1977
Physical Description 1 folder

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/20
Dates of Creation 1964
Physical Description 1 folder

An Evening of British Rubbish

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/21
Dates of Creation 1963
Physical Description 1 folder

Everything in the Garden

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/22
Dates of Creation 1962
Physical Description 1 folder

A Family and a FortunaCollaborators

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/23
Dates of Creation 1975
Physical Description 1 folder

A Far better Husband

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/24
Dates of Creation 1975
Physical Description 1 folder

The Flip Side

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/25
Dates of Creation 1967
Physical Description 1 folder

Flowers

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/26
Dates of Creation 1974
Physical Description 1 folder

The Flip Side

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/27
Dates of Creation 1959
Physical Description 1 folder

The Flip Side

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/28
Dates of Creation 1967
Physical Description 1 folder

The Foursome

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/29
Dates of Creation 1971
Physical Description 1 folder

Four Degress Over

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/30
Dates of Creation 1966
Physical Description 1 folder

The Flip Side

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/31
Dates of Creation 1976-1977
Physical Description 1 folder

Girlfirend

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/32
Dates of Creation 1970
Physical Description 1 folder

The Golden Pathway Annual

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/33
Dates of Creation 1974
Physical Description 1 folder

How Say You?

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/27/1/35
Dates of Creation 1959
Physical Description 1 folder