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This material is held at V&A Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276
Dates of Creation 1902-1985
Name of Creator C.D. Power
Language of Material English
Physical Description 109 folders

Scope and Content

Drawings of London theatre buildings, includes come cinema, music halls and opera houses. Most drawings are ground level plans, often accompanied by plans of other levels and occasional sections and elevations. Nearly all drawings by C.D. Power, mostly signed and dated by him. Some drawings have dates between 1902 and the early 1940s but many appear to be from the 1950s and 1960s, after his retirement. These drawings appear to be copies of originals submitted to the London County Council (where Power worked as an architect) as the safety and licensing authority.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Daniel Power was born on 16 November 1882. When he left school he was apprenticed to Mr Blackburn of Queen Anne's Gate for three years. Once he qualified he worked in the Architects Department of the London County Council. At this time he was also a student at the Slade School of Art. In 1906 he went on a six month architectural tour of Italy, without pay, with Heaton Comyn, architect for the Drapers' Company. Following this trip he went on stage from 1907 to 1911, acting in drama, comedy and musical comedy. He then returned to work at London County Council until he volunteered for the Royal Engineers in January 1915. After the battle of the Somme he was sent back to England suffering from trench fever. When he retired at the age of 65 he began his hobby of drawing plans of London theatres and music halls. He died on 29 October 1965.

Arrangement

This material has been arranged alphabetically by name of the theatre.

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

Purchase, 2002.

Custodial History

Plans offered for sale in 2002 and purchased by V&A.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Other plans from London County Council can be found at London Metropolitan Archives.

Subjects

Theater - Great Britain - History - 20th century
Architectural drawing
Architecture - Designs and plans
Architectural design

Personal Names

Power, Charles Daniel. ( 1882-1965)

Cataloguing Info

Title C.D. Power, architect: drawings
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Vaila Holbourn
Revisions

Architectural drawings of theatres

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1
Dates of Creation 1902-1985
Physical Description 109 folders

Scope and Content

Architectural drawings of London theatres. Includes list of plans.


Lists of architectural drawings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/1
Dates of Creation ca.1960s-1985
Physical Description 1 folder, 2 items

Scope and Content

Lists of architectural drawings in this collection, with revisions. Includes list possibly compiled by C.D. Power. Also list compiled by John Earl of Power drawings in the Museum of London, dated July 1985.


Architectural drawings of the Adelphi Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/2
Dates of Creation 1944
Physical Description 1 folder, 2 items

Scope and Content

Plans of the Adelphi Theatre, Strand, WC2, at stage door and stage levels.


Architectural drawings of Aldwich Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/3
Dates of Creation 1946
Physical Description 1 folder, 6 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room end of Aldwich Theatre, Strand, WC2, at basement, stage, stage door, balcony, gallery and grid levels.


Architectural drawings of Alexandra Palace Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/4
Dates of Creation 1950
Physical Description 1 folder, 2 items

Scope and Content

Plans of the Alexandra Palace Theatre, Muswell Hill, N22.


Architectural plan of Alexandra Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/5
Dates of Creation 1930
Physical Description 1 folder, 1 item

Scope and Content

Plan of the Alexandra Theatre, Stoke Newington Road, N16.


Architectural plan of Alhambra Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/6
Dates of Creation 1921
Physical Description 1 folder, 1 item

Scope and Content

Ground floor plan of the Alhambra Theatre, Leciester Square and Charing Cross Road, WC2 as existing in 1914.


Architectural drawings of Ambassadors Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/7
Dates of Creation 1944
Physical Description 1 folder, 6 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room end of the Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2, at roof, fly, first floor dressing rooms, stage door, stage and basement levels.


Architectural drawings of Apollo Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/8
Dates of Creation 1943
Physical Description 1 folder, 6 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room end of the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, at basement, stage, stage door, upper circle, lower porting of gallery and top floor dressing rooms levels.


Architectural drawings of Astoria Cinema

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/9
Dates of Creation 1945
Physical Description 1 folder, 7 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room end of the Astoria Cinema, Streatham High Road, SW16, at basement, stage, stage door, first floor dressing rooms, fly gallery, grid, and roof levels.


Architectural plan of Bedford Music Hall

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/10
Dates of Creation ca.1950s-1960s
Physical Description 1 folder, 1 item

Scope and Content

Plan of the Bedford Music Hall, Camden High Street, NW1.


Architectural drawings of Britannia Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/11
Dates of Creation 1935
Physical Description 1 folder, 3 items

Scope and Content

Plans of Britannia Theatre, Hoxton Street, N1, at ground floor level.


Architectural plan of Brixton Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/12
Dates of Creation ca.1950s-1960s
Physical Description 1 folder, 1 item

Scope and Content

Plan of Brixton Theatre, Brixton, SW2 at ground floor level.


Architectural drawings of Cambridge Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/13
Dates of Creation 1943
Physical Description 1 folder, 2 items

Scope and Content

Plans of the Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2 at ground floor and stage level.


Architectural plan of Camden Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/14
Dates of Creation 1965
Physical Description 1 folder, 1 item

Scope and Content

Plan of the Camden Theatre, Camden High Street, NW1 at street level.


Architectural drawings of Canterbury Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/15
Dates of Creation 1945
Physical Description 1 folder, 8 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing rooms end of the Canterbury, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 as it exisited in 1908, at basement, stage, balcony and gallery levels. Also new arrangement of fly gallery, basement, stage entrance and balcony exit and new exit from balcony in 1920.


Architectural drawings of Carlton Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/16
Dates of Creation 1945
Physical Description 1 folder, 12 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room end of the Carlton Theatre, Haymarket, SW1 at sub basement, basement, stage, mezzanine between stage and street, stage, mezzanine between dress circle and balcony, first foor, second floor, third floor, fourth (top) floor, grid and roof levels.


Architectural drawings of Century Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/17
Dates of Creation 1946
Physical Description 1 folder, 3 items

Scope and Content

Plans the Century Theatre, Westbourne Grove, W11 at ground floor, first floor and second floor levels.


Architectural drawings of the Coliseum

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/18
Dates of Creation 1946
Physical Description 1 folder, 6 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room of the Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2 at basement, stage, mezzanine, first floor, fly gallery and grid level.


Architectural drawings of Comedy Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/19
Dates of Creation 1930-1943
Physical Description 1 folder, 5 items

Scope and Content

Plans of the Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, SW1 as it existed prior to re-construction in 1955, at main entrance, dress circle and stage door and at pit, stalls and stage levels, dated 1930. Also plans at street, stage, first floor, second floor and third (top) floor levels, dated 1943.


Architectural drawings of Coronet Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/20
Dates of Creation 1946
Physical Description 1 folder, 6 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing rooms of the Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, W11 at roof, top floor and grid, flies and gallery, circle, stage door and unlabelled cellar levels.


Architectural drawings of Court Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/21
Dates of Creation 1944
Physical Description 1 folder, 7 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room end of the Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1 at top floor and roof, top dressing rooms, fly, upper circle, stage door, stage and basement levels.


Architectural drawings of Cripplegate Institute

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/22
Dates of Creation 1948
Physical Description 1 folder, 6 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing rooms section of the Cripplegate Institute, Golden Lane, EC1 at basement, stage, switch board, flies, grid and top floor and roof levels.


Architectural drawings of Criterion Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/23/1-3
Dates of Creation 1943
Physical Description 1 folder, 3 items

Scope and Content

Plans of stage and dressing room portion of the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, W1 at stage, dress circle and street and gallery levels.


Architectural drawings of Crouch End Opera House

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/276/1/24
Dates of Creation 1950s-1960s?
Physical Description 1 folder, 6 items

Scope and Content

Plans of Crouch End Opera House, Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, N8 at street and stalls, stage and upper circle levels.