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THM/336 - André Charlot Archive

André Charlot Archive

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336
Dates of Creation1822-2004
Name of CreatorAndré Charlot
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 23 volumes, 7 boxes

Scope and Content

The archive consists of a series of folders arranged chronologically containing autobiographical notes, photographs, drawings, manuscript letters, programmes and other material relating to Charlot's life and career. There are also several boxes of oversize material including photographs, audio recordings, autobiographical notes, original sketches, posters etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charlot, (Eugene) André Maurice (1882-1956). From 1899 to 1905 he worked in a variety of theatrical jobs in Paris including writing news and spotting talent. In 1905 he became assistant manager of the Palais Royal and in 1908 business manager of the Folies-Bergère. In 1910 he opened a theatrical agency to supply revue and music-hall artists, principally to the Alhambra in London, of which he soon became manager. His spectacular shows from 1912 to 1914 combined elements of French and American revue for London audiences, and were highly influential. His subsequent smaller scale revues, notably at the Vaudeville, introduced performers such as Jack Buchanan, Gertrude Lawrence and Jessie Matthews, and composers such as Ivor Novello and Noel Coward. By the mid-1920s Charlot's long successful run had ended, although he did manage to take his leading stars to New York in 1924 and to start a successful radio revue for the BBC in 1928. After some film work for Alexander Korda he went bankrupt in 1931. His comeback in the mid-1930s was characterised by non-stop semi-nude revue and in 1937 he moved to southern California, where he enlisted Hollywood stars to fundraising revues for the war effort and worked both as a teacher and a compere. From 1941 he acted in over 30 Hollywood films, often uncredited. Charlot married the English dancer Florence Gladman in 1909 and they had two children. He died in Hollywood in 1956.

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

Archival 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

Gift of the estate of Joan Midwinter, 2006.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to André Charlot, as well as the twentieth century theatre in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theater--Great Britain--History--20th century
Revues
Theater management
Theater--Production and direction--England--20th century

Personal Names

Charlot,  André
Gladman,  Florence
Leroux,  Xavier
Buchanan,  Jack
Lawrence,  Gertrude
Matthews,  Jessie
Lillie,  Beatrice
Novello,  Ivor
Coward,  Noel
Moore,  James

Corporate Names

Revue Properties, Incorporated

Geographical Names

Palais-Royal  --  Paris, France 
Folies-Bergère  --  Paris, France 
Alhambra Theatre  --  London, England 
Vaudeville Theatre  --  London, England 

Cataloguing Info

TitleAndré Charlot Archive
CreationCreated by intern using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2013-04-29
Revisions

Biographical Material

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1
Dates of Creation1822-2004
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 23 volumes, 1 box

Scope and Content

This includes bound and loose material regarding André Charlot's life and work. It also includes the biographical material written by James Ross Moore, Charlot's biographer, and Moore's PhD thesis.


André Charlot's Life and Work

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1
Dates of Creation1822-1965
Language of Material English French Hungarian German
Physical Description 23 volumes, 2 files

Scope and Content

This material includes drafts of Charlot's Life Story, his birth certificate, 22 volumes of his Life Story, arranged chronologically, and a volume containing Revue Properties, Inc., a subsidiary of Charlot's company, meeting minutes.


André Charlot's Birth Certificate

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/1
Dates of Creation1882
Language of Material French
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains André Charlot's birth certificate.


Will you be my Valentine? Drawing

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/2
Dates of Creationundated
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains a drawing entitled "Will you be my Valentine?". It includes the name "Joan Charlot", Charlot's daughter.


People 'n Things Draft

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/3
Dates of Creation1956
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 files

Scope and Content

These folders contain a draft of "People 'n Things", volumes 1 and 2. The dedication is "For Flip in our 47th year."


André Charlot Life Story

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4
Dates of Creation1822-1955
Language of Material English French Hungarian German
Physical Description 22 binders

Scope and Content

These 22 binders contain Charlot's personal narrative regarding his life and work. They include photographs, programmes, press cuttings, letters etc., besides his typed and handwritten notes. Throughout the first 14 volumes, there are relevant press cuttings of his published "Life Story" that date from July to Septemeber 1928 and December 1931 to January 1932.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 1 Before 1882

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/1
Dates of Creation1822-ca.1905
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains photographs and memorabilia from Charlot's family. This includes a preamble to his "Life Story", "Milestones and Pebbles" family history and a brief chronology of his life and work. There is then a section entitled "Before 1882 My parents", which include press cuttings; handwritten notes on family members, friends/staff, and places/events (including his first cigarette and trips to London); letters; photographs of Charlot, his family members and his home; Charlot's parents' wedding invitation and his baptism invitation. It concludes with a "Prelude to Life" chapter. While the majority of content and events are before 1882, a few photographs of family and friends date later.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 2 1896-1905

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/2
Dates of Creation1896-1905
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains notes, photographs and other memorabilia from Charlot's childhood. The binder includes the following sections, "1896-1905 Father's Theatres" and "1897 to 1902", which contain typewritten notes on his father's theatres' productions and on theatre performances he attended, original set designs, photographs of plays' posters and actors, receipts, letters, tickets, a blank contract, handwritten notes on places and events, photographs on holiday and of friends, notes on his first jobs, programme of a performace he attended, photograph of and notes on Leroux (his music teacher), and photographs of Charlot.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 3 Jan. 1902 to Autumn 1905

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/3
Dates of Creation1902-1905
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains notes, photographs and other memorabilia of Charlot's early working life. It includes the section "January 1902 to Autumn 1905 Chatelet", which contains notes on several jobs, particularly on Charlot's time at the Chatelet; notes on the people who influenced him; photographs, most autographed from actors; photographs of a rehearsal, the Chatelet staff, a dressed chimpanzee, and of himself; letters; a caricature, and copy, of Lucian Gutry?; a drawing with watercolour; an issue of "Le Monde Illustre" on "Le Tour du Monde"; Charlot's presscard; and illustrations.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 4 Autumn 1905 to Spring 1907

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/4
Dates of Creation1905-1908
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains notes, photograhs, programmes and other memorabilia from Charlot's working life. It includes the sections "Autumn 1905 to Spring 1907 Palais Royal" and "Spring 1907 to Autumn 1908 Theatre Femina", which include caricatures by Rip; illustrations from "L'Illustration"; photographs of actors, most autographed; programmes; photographs of Charlot; letters; banquet menu from the theatre's restaurant; a chapter entitled "The Theatre Femina and Sarah Bernhardt"; and notes on work at the Theatre Femina.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 5 Autumn 1908 to March 1909, 1912

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/5
Dates of Creation1908-1912
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains notes and memorabilia on Charlot's working life. It includes the sections "Autumn 1908 to March 1909 Folies Bergere", "March 1909 to June 1910 Sherek & Braff", and "June 1910 - 1912", which include notes on his next stage in woking life at the Folies Bergere, the Sherek & Braff and other theatre work; an illustration advertising a revue; photographs of himself; letters; a table of salaries; photographs and notes on his first trip to New York; photographs and drawings of actors, most autographed; a chapter entitled "A Quarrel in 1911 Which Had Its Epilogue in 1919"; an original caricature and copy; a press cutting of an interview with Charlot and Leveaux from "The Referee"; a programme; and a poem written possibly by C.H. Bovill.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 6 1912-1915

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/6
Dates of Creation1912-1915
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains notes, photographs and other memorabilia from Charlot's working life. It includes the sections "1913", "Fancy Dress Balls 1913 and 1914", "1914", "Not Likely", "Scarlet Fever 'The War'", and "1915", which include photographs of actors, a few autographed; photographs of Charlot and his wife; copies of a watercolour and a sketch; a chapter entitled "Debussy" and another entitled "Gaby Deslys and Phyllis Monkman"; photographs with added colour; notes on his theatre work and on his bout with Scarlet Fever; letters; a poster for "Some Revue!"; an admission card for a show; a voucher to watch "5064 Gerrard!"; a photograph during a rehearsal; a poster, programme and photographs for "Samples!"; a poem by C.H. Bovill; and sketches by W.H.R.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 7 1916

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/7
Dates of Creation1916
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder includes notes and other memorabilia from Charlot's working life. It includes the sections "1916", "The Bing Boys", and "Three Cheers", which include notes on theatre work; programmes; letters; photographs of actors, some autographed; a chapter entitled "I Fired A Backer" and another entitled "'Ven is 'oly veek?' or Harry Lauder and J.L. Sacks"; a photograph of "Some" curtain call; a promotional pamphlet for "Some"; a drawing of Miss Lee White; photographs of scenes; illustrations and caricatures for "Some", "This and That", and "See Saw"; and a photograph of a poster for "See Saw".


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 8 1917 - 1918

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/8
Dates of Creation1917-1918
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains the continued notes and memorabilia on Charlot's life working in the theatre. It includes the sections "1917", "Bubbly", "1918", "Fair and Warmer", "Very Good Eddie", and "The Live Wire", which include notes on his theatre work; letters, one with a copy of a sketch; promotional matchbook for "Some"; programmes; illustrations; obituary of Maurice Charlot; photographs of actors and scenes; photographs of Charlot with family and friends; press clipping from "The Pelican" on Andre Charlot; and an invitation for "Tails Up!".


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 9 1919 - 1920

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/9
Dates of Creation1919-1920
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains notes and other memorabilia from Charlot's theatre life. It includes the sections "1919", "1920", "Just Fancy", "Naughty Princess", and "Jumble Sale", which include notes on theatre work; invitations to "The Punch and Judy Players" and "Three Wise Fools"; programmes; illustrations and photographs for numerous productions; a caricature of Charlot by Marc Henri; a photograph of Charlot; a photograph of Runnymede House; an advertisement for "André Charlot's Attractions"; and advertisements and a cartoon regarding "Jumble Sale".


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 10 1921

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/10
Dates of Creation1921
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains notes and memorabilia from Charlot's working life. It includes the sections "1921", "Now and Then", and "A to Z", which include notes on theatre work; programmes; photographs; drawings by Laverdet and Benda for "Puss! Puss!"; a set design drawing by Marc Henri for "Puss! Puss!"; a drawing of Charlot by Betty Nicholas; a sketch for a "Now & Then" poster by Aubrey Hammond; and sketches of a poster and a set design.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 11 1922-1923

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/11
Dates of Creation1922-1923
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains the notes and memorabilia from Charlot's working life in the theatre. It includes the sections "1922", "1923", "Court Theatre and Carte Blanche", "Trip to New York", and "1st Charlot Revue America", which include notes on theatre work; advertisements for "The Midnight Follies"; photograph, caricatures and a sketch of Charlot; programmes; photographs of various productions; sketch of set design for "Rats"; photographs on board the S.S. Aquitania; and photographs of actors.


André Charlot Life Story Vol. 12 1924-1925

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/336/1/1/4/12
Dates of Creation1924-1925
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 binder

Scope and Content

This binder contains the notes and memorabilia of Charlot. It includes the sections "1924", "Puppets", "Punch Bowl", "Charlot's Revue 1924", "1925", "Charlot's Revue Summer Versions, 1925", "Bubbly Revival", "Charlot's Revue Autumn Versions 1925", and "Charlot's Repertoire Revue", which include notes on theatre work; programmes; photograph of the "Charlot's Revue of 1924" theatre; photographs of Charlot; advertisement for "Charlot's Revue of 1924"; letters, one with a press cutting regarding Charlot's view on politics; envelopes; the article "Andre Charlot or London, Paris and New York" by Beverley Nichols; the chapter "Triptych Gertrude Lawrence Jack Buchanan Beatrice Lillie"; autographed photographs; photographs of productions; and photographs on board the S.S. Caronia.