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This material is held at V&A Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367
Dates of Creation 1970 -2005
Name of Creator Young Vic Theatre Company
Language of Material English
Physical Description 117 boxes

Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative documents, production files, prompt scripts, photographs, posters and programmes relating to the running of the Young Vic and its productions since opening at The Cut in 1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Young Vic Theatre Company began as an off-shoot of the Royal National Theatre in 1969, becoming a separate company in 1974. Its aims and principles developed those of the Old Vic Theatre School set up by directors George Devine, Michel St Denis and Glen Byam Shaw in 1946, to provide continuous training and development for actors and directors and to stage classic plays for audiences aged nine to fifteen in a 'Young Vic'. This first Young Vic company ceased in 1951 when its funding was withdrawn but the idea of a theatre for young people with low ticket prices was revived by Laurence Olivier and Frank Dunlop, an Associate Director and Administrative Director at the Royal National Theatre. In 1969 Dunlop became the founding director of the theatre. He was followed by Michael Bogdanov, David Thacker, co-directors Tim Supple and Julia Bardsley, and David Lan.

The theatre was built on The Cut, a bomb-site adjacent to the Old Vic, and opened in 1970 with Molière's The Cheats of Scapino starring popular TV actor Jim Dale. Unlike more traditional spaces, the Young Vic auditorium offered the directness and intimacy of in-the-round performance.The breeze block on steel frame building was designed as a temporary structure with a life expectancy of 5 years but lasted much longer and was renovated between 2004 - 2006 by architects Haworth Tompkins. The new Young Vic boasted a further two performance spaces: The Maria (named after theatre designer Maria Bjornson), and The Clare (named after theatre director Clare Venables) as well as a set of small offices for resident companies to use. Under David Lan, the theatre has become an important centre for the training of theatre directors and community work.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged as follows:

THM/367/1:Young Vic Company Management Records

THM/367/2:Young Vic Company Artistic Management Records (arranged chronologically)

THM/367/3:Young Vic Company Photographs (arranged chronologically)

THM/367/4:Young Vic Company Literary Records (arranged alphabetically)

THM/367/5:Young Vic Multimedia Records

THM/367/6:Young Vic Company Press and Marketing

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

Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography. For licensing and requesting high resolution images or prints of materials please enquiry at V&A Image Picture Agency at http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/finding-and- buying-images/.

Acquisition Information

Given by Young Vic Theatre Company, 2010.

Accruals

Further accruals expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department for material relating to the Young Vic Theatre Company Archive including the production, building and photograph files. Other collections relating to the Young Vic Theatre Company . Material relating to Young Vic include the Arts Council of Great Britain (ACGB) and the Douglas H. Jeffery Archive.

Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk for details.

Related Material

See also the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) recordings for productions recorded at the Young Vic:

-Pentecost (1995) (VIDEO 95/16/A2/1000)

-Our Country's Good (1998) (VIDEO 98/11/A2/9000)

-A Raisin in the Sun (VIDEO 01/09/A/9000)

-Doctor Faustus (2002) (VIDEO 02/08/A3/9000)

-Homebody/Kabul (2002) (VIDEO 02/12/A/9000)

Subjects

Theatre--Production and direction

Personal Names

Bogdanov, Michael. ( 1938 - )
Lan, David. ( 1952 - )
Thacker, David. ( 1950 - )
Dunlop, Frank. ( 1927 - )
Supple, Tim. ( 1962 - )

Corporate Names

Young Vic Theatre Company ( 1969 - )

Cataloguing Info

Title Young Vic Theatre Company Archive
Revisions

Young Vic Company Management Records

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1
Dates of Creation 1980-1999
Physical Description 13 files

Scope and Content

This series contains documents relating to the history and running of the Young Vic. It includes catering agreements, contracts and architectual drawings relating to the refurbishment of the theatre.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this series is closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998. Please see file level descriptions for more detail.


Young Vic Projects and Schemes

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1
Dates of Creation 1978-2001
Physical Description

Scope and Content

This sub-series contains material about projects and schemes relating to productions at the theatre between 1970-2005; including the funded ticket scheme, educational resource packs and Youth Theatre projects.

Conditions Governing Access

Parts of this sub-series may be closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998. Please see file level descriptions for more detail.


Educational material

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/1
Dates of Creation 1978-1998
Physical Description 3 files

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to education packs for productions and documents relating to an educational project.


Education packs

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/1/1
Dates of Creation 1978- ca.1990
Physical Description 6 folders

Scope and Content

This file contains 6 folders of education packs relating to particular productions, including Bartholomew Fair, Action Man Trilogy and Taboo.


Teacher of Theatre Skills

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/1/2
Dates of Creation 08/1997
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains a funding application for a Teacher of Theatre Skills.


Theatre Making

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/1/3
Dates of Creation 1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to a project offering experience in using video and audio equipment and other work experience for a variety of age groups.


Young Vic Writers Group

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/2
Dates of Creation 1988/1989
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains samples of work written by the Young Vic Writers group in the Autumn/ Winter of 1988-1989.

Conditions Governing Access

This file is closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998, until 01 Jan 2070.


Newsletters

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/3
Dates of Creation 1990-1993
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains newsletters written by the press office to headteachers, friends of the Young Vic and other audience target groups.


Correspondence relating to Youth Theatre Projects

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/4
Dates of Creation ca.1990- ca.1995
Physical Description 1 folder

The Funded Ticket Scheme (FTS)

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/5
Dates of Creation 1995-2001
Physical Description 5 folders

Research project for the BFVT, 1997

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/6
Dates of Creation 1997
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains a research project relating to the British Festival of Visual Theatre in 1997.


Play Project

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/7
Dates of Creation 1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to Play Project which was commissioned through the Young Vic's Arts for Everyone (A4E) award. This award was given to Louder Than Words Productions.


Barclays Theatre Awards

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/8
Dates of Creation 1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains correspondence relating to the Barclays Theatre Award in 1999, at which Paul Rhys won Best Actor for Hamlet (a co-production between the Young Vic Theatre Company and Theatre Royal, Plymouth) and Arabian Nights won the Equity Best Show for Children and Young People Award.


BT National Connections

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/9
Dates of Creation 21/06/1999-26/06/1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains material which relates to performances of plays which took place at the Young Vic as part of the Royal National Theatre's BT National Connections youth theatre festival.


Sense of Place project

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/10
Dates of Creation 03/2000-08/2000
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to the Young Vic's involvement in The Space Project which looked at what makes Waterloo special for all those who work and live there at the turn of the millennium.


Push

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/1/11
Dates of Creation 2001
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to Push , a project which focused on contemporary black arts, culture and media.


Birthday Celebrations

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/2
Dates of Creation 1980-1992
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to the Young Vic's 10th and 21st birthday celebrations.


10th Birthday

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/2/1
Dates of Creation 1980
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains a list of actors who performed at the Young Vic between 1970-1980. It also contains a list of places that the Company performed in outside its London venue.


21st Birthday

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/2/2
Dates of Creation 1991
Physical Description

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to the Young Vics 21st birthday; including birthday party responses.


Young Vic Studio Correspondence

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/3
Dates of Creation 1989-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains correspondence relating to the running of the Young Vic Studio.


Budgets and Order Forms

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/4
Dates of Creation 1993/1994
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains budget sheets and order forms relating to the marketing of productions.


Catering Agreements

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/5
Dates of Creation 1993-2004
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains correspondence relating to Axiom and Konditor and Cook; the two catering companies used by the Young Vic during this period.

Conditions Governing Access

Parts of this file are closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998, until 01 Jan 2085.


Ticket Sales

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/6
Dates of Creation 1994-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to ticket sales arranged by date as well as postal area.


Contracts and Job Descriptions

Reference Number(s) gb 71 THM/367/1/7
Dates of Creation 11990/1996
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This file contains material relating to recruitment, including job descriptions for the appointment of David Thacker in 1990. It also contains the Young Vic policy statement, material relating to the change of Assistant Director in 1996 (including the job description and a press release announcing the joint appointment of Julia Bardsley and Tim Supple.)

Conditions Governing Access

Parts of this file are closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998, until 01 Jan 2074.