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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320
Dates of Creation 1912-1915
Name of Creator Harley Granville-Barker
Language of Material English
Physical Description 5 scrapbooks and 1 file

Scope and Content

This collection contains scrapbooks and playbills relating to productions by Harley Granville-Barker at the Savoy, St James's and Little Theatres.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harley Granville-Barker began his stage career as an actor in a provincial company, before first appearing in London in 1892. He went on to have a career on the stage, acting with many well known names such as Ben Greet. He was associated with the Stage Society and later moved into theatre management, working at the Duke of York's Theatre, the Savoy, and St James's among others. He also worked on the adaptation of plays.

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.

Acquisition Information

Acquired via British Theatre Association


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Please see THM/147 Harley Granville-Barker Archive for further material relating to Harley Granvillle-Barker.

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Harley Granville-Barker in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.


Theater--20th century
Theater--Production and direction

Personal Names

Granville-Barker, Harley. ( 1877-1946)
McCarthy, Lillah. ( 1875-1960)

Cataloguing Info

Title Harley Granville-Barker Archive (addition)
Creation Created by Paul Shackleton using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2013-08-22

Harley Granville-Barker Scrapbooks

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320/1
Dates of Creation 1906-1915
Physical Description 5 scrapbooks.

Scope and Content

This series contains scrapbooks relating to Harley Granville-Barker's career between the years 1906 and 1915.

Press Cuttings Volume 13, Kingsway Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320/1/1
Dates of Creation Dec 1912- Nov 1914
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

The content of the cuttings is varied but on the whole relates to plays that Harley Granville-Barker appeared in, and are sourced from a range of newspapers. The 281-page volume contains a typed index, and each article is pasted under a handwritten heading. The cuttings housed within Volume 13 are from the Kingsway Theatre, regarding the following plays:

  • The Eldest Son
  • John Bull's Other Island
  • Great Adventure (& Two Tours)
  • Fanny's First Play (Tour)

Press Cuttings, American Tour

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320/1/2
Dates of Creation 1906-1915
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

The cuttings are from a volume titled 'Press Cuttings, American Tour, Nov 1914-1915'. They relate to productions by Granville-Barker, including:

  • The Dynasts
  • Fanny's First Play
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Iphigenia in Tauris
  • The Trojan Women
  • The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife
  • The Doctor's Dilemma

Each article is pasted under a handwritten heading.

Press Cuttings, Granville-Barker Season at the Savoy

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320/1/3
Dates of Creation 1912
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

The volume is blue with a gold patterned border inside, and gold-edged pages. The articles are from a range of newspapers, and are pasted under a handwritten heading. They are in chronological order, dating from 21 September to 2 October. There is no index or contents page.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is at the archivist's discretion due to conservation reasons.

The Little Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320/1/4
Dates of Creation 1911
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

The volume is dark blue, with a black spine and gold edging. It is comprised of press cuttings, programmes, photographs, sheet music and correspondence relating to The Little Theatre.

Newspaper Cuttings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320/1/5
Dates of Creation 1913-1914
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

The material is housed in a blue scrap book titled 'Newspaper Cuttings'. The volume contains press cuttings, programmes and cartoons relating to the actress Lillah McCarthy. The articles are largely in chronological order.

Harley Granville-Barker Printed Material

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/320/2
Dates of Creation ca. 1900-1920
Physical Description 5 items.

Scope and Content

Printed material related to productions by, or featuring, Harley Granville-Barker. Various posters from St James's Theatre and the Savoy Theatre advertising plays produced by or featuring Harley Granville-Barker and Lillah McCarthy. Green and black on paper.