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Bertie Crewe, architect: architectural drawings of theatres

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335
Dates of Creation 1903-1914
Name of Creator Bertie Crewe
Language of Material English
Physical Description 11 folders, 110 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of theatre buildings in the UK, Dublin and Paris. Includes plans, elevations, sections and the details of decorations. Mostly signed by Bertie Crewe but often not dated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bertie Crewe (d.1937) trained in Paris and London, where as a young man he was a frequent visitor to Frank Matcham's home and may have trained with him. Crewe became known as one of the most prolific architects of his day, specialising entirely in theatres and later cinemas. Between them, he and his contemporaries W.G.R. Sprague and Thomas Verity were responsible for the majority of the theatres and variety palaces of the building boom of 1885 to 1915.

In 1888 he assisted Walter Emden with the Royal Court Theatre on Sloane Square, and collaborated with Sprague to rebuild the Lincoln Theatre Royal (1893) and the Olympic (1890). His most notable projects included the Sadlers Wells remodelling of 1901, the Lyceum alterations of 1904, and the construction of the Prince's (later renamed the Shaftesbury).

Other London theatres included: the Stoll, the Golders Green Hippodrome, the Piccadilly, the Phoenix and the Saville. Outside London he was responsible for the Birmingham Hippodrome, the Dublin Coliseum, the Glasgow Pavillion, the Manchester Palace, among others. Many of Crewe's theatres were subsequently destroyed.

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 seriess may be restricted. These are identified at series 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.

Acquisition Information

Possibly acquired via the Royal Institute of British Architects ca.1957.

Subjects

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

Personal Names

Crewe, Bertie. ( d. 1937)

Cataloguing Info

Title Bertie Crewe, architect: architectural drawings of theatres
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Vaila Holbourn
Creation Encoded in EAD 2002 by Vaila Holbourn 2009
Revisions

Architectural drawings of Bedford Music Hall

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/1
Dates of Creation ca. 1910
Physical Description 1 folder, 8 items

Scope and Content

Drawings for the re-building of Bedford Music Hall. These consist of plans at ground, balcony, gallery, first floor, second floor, third floor and roof levels. Also includes plans showing sections A-A, B-B, C-C, D-D and section E-E, an elevation to High Street and section F-F and an elevation to Mary's Terrace.


Architectural drawings of Gatti's Music Hall

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/2
Dates of Creation ca. 1910
Physical Description 1 folder, 4 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of Gattis Music Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SW. These consist of plans at ground floor and gallery levels. Also includes plans for a section of the winding room and the re-seating of ground floor.


Architectural drawings of Lyceum Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/3
Dates of Creation 1903/1904
Physical Description 1 folder, 42 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, WC. These consist of plans at drainage, basement, pit, entrance, circle, gallery, roof levels. Also includes plans showing section A-A, an elevation to Burleigh Street and section B-B, an elevation to Wellington Street and section C-C, section D-D and an elevation to Exeter Street and section E-E. Plans are included showing an elevation to Wellington Street and section B-B, an elevation to Burleigh Street and to Exeter Street. Also contains drawings showing the details of the base of main stancheons, a sketch of a new latern over the stage, amendments to stalls and circle seating, plan for a new pass staircase from the circle to the offices.


Architectural drawing of Margate Palace

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/4
Dates of Creation 1912
Physical Description 1 folder, 1 item

Scope and Content

Drawing of Margate Palace, showing an elevation of ballroom, bay number eleven.


Architectural drawing of New Theatre Anerley

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/5
Dates of Creation 1912
Physical Description 1 folder, 1 item

Scope and Content

Drawing of New Theatre Anerley, showing detail of the front entrance.


Architectural drawings of New Theatre of Varieties

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/6
Dates of Creation ca. 1910
Physical Description 1 folder, 2 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of New Theatre of Varieties, Rue de Mogador, Paris. These consist of plans showing an elevation of the proscenium wall and details of the panelling under the boxes.


Architectural drawings of Opera House Kingsway

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/7
Dates of Creation 1911
Physical Description 1 folder, 26 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of Opera House Kingsway showing decoration detail, stonework detail of front elevation, arrangement of rooms in existing vaults and proposed re-arrangement of rooms in vault. Includes plans for Oscar Hammerstein, at basement, stalls, entrance, circle, lower gallery, upper gallery and roof levels. Also consists of plans showing section A-A, section B-B, C-C and D-D, section E-E and F-F, an elevation to Sheffield Street and to the side passage, an elevation to Kingsway, an elevation to Sardinia Street and to Portugal Street.


Architectural drawings of Prince of Wales Theatre Southampton

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/8
Dates of Creation ca. 1910
Physical Description 1 folder, 3 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of Prince of Wales Theatre Southampton. These consist of plans showing alterations at the pit, circle, below the gallery, gallery, the roof, section A-A and section B-B.


Architectural drawings of Standard Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/9
Dates of Creation ca. 1910
Physical Description 1 folder, 7 items

Scope and Content

Architectural drawings for proposed alterations to the Standard Theatre, made for the theatre's proprietor, Mrs. Melville, ca. 1897. These consist of plans at cellar, pit, circle, balcony, and gallery level, a longitudinal section, and an elevation to George Street.


Architectural drawings of Theatre Royal Wimbledon

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/10
Dates of Creation ca. 1910
Physical Description 1 folder, 13 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of Theatre Royal Wimbledon showing plans of the pit, entrance, circle, first floor of offices, gallery levels and section A-A.


Architectural drawings of Theatre of Varieties, Dublin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/335/1/11
Dates of Creation 1914
Physical Description 1 folder, 3 items

Scope and Content

Drawings of Theatre of Varieities, Henry Street, Dublin. These consist of plans showing the detail of decorations, a front elevation, a section and a section of the verandah.