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THM/373 - Brian Rix Archive

Brian Rix Archive

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This material is held at V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373
Dates of CreationAug 1942-Dec 2009
Name of Creator Brian Rix
Language of Material English
Physical Description 61 files

Scope and Content

This archive consists of a collection of cuttings, papers and recordings relating to the life and work of Brian Rix in theatre, television and publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

Brian Rix (full title: Baron Rix of Whitehall in the City of Westminster & Hornsea in Yorkshire) was born on 27th January 1924 in Cottingham, Yorkshire. He became a professional actor at the age of 18. He toured with Donald Wolfit and his Famous Company and The White Rose Players before his wartime service in the RAf and down the mines as a Bevin Boy. In 1947 he formed his own theatre company, and from 1950 he was actor-manager of the Whitehall and Garrick Theatres for thirty years. He acted in many productions for television and presented the first BBC series for people with learning disabilities Let's Go. He also produced and appeared in 12 film farces.

Brian Rix became Secretary General of MENCAP in 1980. He later became Chairman of MENCAP in 1988 and then President in 1998, as well as being involved with several other groups for people with learning disabilities. In recognition for this he has received eight honorary degrees and five fellowships. He has received the C.B.E., a knighthood and was made a life peer on 27th January 1992. He is an active member of the House of Lords regarding disabled people, and the Arts. He was Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater London from 1988-1998. In 1997 Lord Rix became Chancellor of the University of East London where the Rix Centre does work for the learning disabled community. He is now the Univerisity's Chancellor Emeritus.

Brian Rix married actress Elspet Gray in 1949, with whom he had four children. He has written several volumes of autobiography and memoir.

Arrangement

This archive has been arranged into the following series:

  • THM/373/1 Scrapbooks and Press Cuttings
  • THM/373/2 Photographs
  • THM/373/3 Scripts and Transcripts
  • THM/373/4 Audio Recordings
  • THM/373/5 Video Recordings
  • THM/373/6 Papers relating to productions
  • THM/373/7 Papers relating to the Arts Council
  • THM/373/8 Papers relating to Normansfield Theatre
  • THM/373/9 Personal Objects
  • THM/373/10 Publications and Periodicals
  • THM/373/11 Papers relating to Publishing

Conditions Governing Access

This archive is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre & Perfomance's reading room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The reading room is open Tuesday to Friday's 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.

Additionally 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 search room using non-flash photography.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Brian Rix, January 2010.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to Brian Rix may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files. Relevant files include the Brian Rix Biographical file as well as production files of the Garrick and Whitehall Theatres.

Please ask the Department of Theatre & Performance enquiry team for further details.

Bibliography

Stenning, Jeanne The 30 Week Life of Rix Theatrical Productions Ilkley, 1948

Subjects

Theater--Great Britain--History--20th century
Acting--Great Britain

Personal Names

Rix, Brian

Cataloguing Info

TitleBrian Rix Archive
Sub-titleCatalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
AuthorCatalogued by Ewan Evans.
Revisions

Scrapbooks and Press Cuttings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1
Dates of CreationJan 1948-Feb 1975
Physical Description 20 Files

Scope and Content

This series consists of scrapbooks and press cuttings relating to the performing career of Brian Rix.


Scrapbook relating to the Donald Wolfit Theatre Company and The White Rose Players

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/1
Dates of CreationAug 1942-Apr 1944
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains cuttings, telegrams, programmes, and production photographs.


Rix Theatrical Productions presents The Viking Theatre Company, King's Hall Theatre, Ilkley, March 29th-October 16th, 1948

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/2
Dates of CreationJan 1948-Apr 1949
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains cuttings, telegrams, programmes, greetings cards and production photographs.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/3
Dates of CreationJan 1949-June 1949
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains cuttings, posters, programmes and production photographs. Covering performances at the Grand Pavilion, Bridlington; The Spa Theatre, Bridlington and The Hippodrome, Margate.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/4
Dates of CreationApr 1949-Feb 1951
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains cuttings and production photographs. Covering performances at the Spa Theatre, Bridlington, Whitehall Theatre and the 'Reluctant Heroes' tour.


Scrapbook relating to Reluctant Heroes

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/5
Dates of CreationMar 1950-Feb 1952
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/6
Dates of CreationMar 1952-Oct 1956
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/7
Dates of CreationOct 1956-Oct 1958
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings, loose programmes, posters, greetings cards, caricature and a press cutting from the Daily Telegraph reporting on the assasination of President Kennedy, 23rd November 1963.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/8
Dates of CreationDec 1958-Mar 1960
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/9
Dates of CreationFeb 1960-Jan 1962
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/10
Dates of CreationApr 1962-Aug 1964
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/11
Dates of CreationJuly 1962-Jan 1965
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings, copy of Parliamentary Debates vol.613, No.20 and cuttings from 1959 concerning Garratt v. Eastmond case.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/12
Dates of CreationOct 1964-May 1970
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/13
Dates of CreationJuly 1969-June 1970
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/14
Dates of CreationMay 1970-Mar 1972
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/15
Dates of CreationMar 1972-Dec 1974
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook relating to She was Only an Admiral's Daughter

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/16
Dates of CreationJuly 1972-Oct 1972
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/17
Dates of CreationDec 1974-Feb 1975
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Contains press cuttings.


Framed Press Cuttings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/18
Dates of Creation13 Apr 1969-19 Oct 1969
Physical Description 3 cuttings in 1 frame.

Scope and Content

2 positive reviews and 1 interview from The Sunday Times.


Press cuttings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/19
Dates of Creationundated
Physical Description 11 items

Scope and Content

Includes reviews of Tour de Farce from various newspapers.


Press cuttings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/1/20
Dates of Creationundated
Physical Description 1 page

Scope and Content

Includes newspaper cuttings about Brian Rix's BBC contract .


Photographs

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/2
Dates of Creation1948
Physical Description 1 folder containing six items

Scope and Content

This series consists of theatrical and portrait photographs.


Photographs

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/2/1
Dates of Creation1948
Physical Description 3 photographs

Scope and Content

Mounted photographs of sets designed by Jenny Webster for Brian Rix's first repertory company at The King's Hall, Ilkley.


Portrait photographs

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/2/2
Dates of Creationundated
Physical Description 2 photographs

Scope and Content

Portrait photographs of Brian Rix. One is by George Wilkes.


Reproduction portrait photograph

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/2/3
Dates of Creationundated
Physical Description 1 double sided sheet

Scope and Content

Printed portrait of John Slater with biography on verso.


Scripts and Transcripts

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/3
Dates of Creation1993- 1 June 2009
Physical Description 6 Files

Scope and Content

This series consists of scripts written and used by Brian Rix, and transcripts of interviews involving Brian Rix.


Tour de Farce

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/3/1
Dates of Creation1993-1994
Physical Description 1 prompt script

Gala Evening: Life in the Farce Lane

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/3/2
Dates of Creation1 May 1996
Physical Description 1 script

Scope and Content

Presented by Brian Rix. Queen Margaret College, Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh.


Transcript

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/3/3
Dates of Creation16 Apr 2007
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Interview with Kate Harris [PhD Student at the University of Sheffield] for the Theatre Archive Project (inc. correspondence). Includes further letter to Brian Rix from Kate Harris, which includes a chapter on the Whitehall Theatre from Theatre Archive Project monograph.


A Peer Round Whitehall

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/3/4
Dates of CreationJune 2009
Physical Description 1 script and 1 DVD

Scope and Content

Includes the accompanying DVD from 1st June 2009.


You'll Do for Me! by Brian Rix.

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/3/5
Dates of Creationc.1989
Physical Description 1 volume, including loose papers.

Scope and Content

Includes letters from Michael Pertwee to Brian Rix regarding amendments to the script, notes on auditions; Letter from James Barber, General Manager of Yvonne Arnaud Theatre including cast lists and production schedules, 14/03/1989; two newspaper reviews of You'll Do for Me! From 27/04/1989 and 30/05/1989.


Tour de Farce: A Tale of Actors on the Road and Theatres in the Sticks, in Five Acts (with a curtain-raiser, Four Interludes and an After-Piece) by Brian Rix.

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/3/6
Dates of Creationundated
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Original draft script. With additional scenes by Joanthan Rix and decor by David Drummond.


Audio Recordings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/4
Dates of Creation15 Oct 1969-2009
Physical Description 12 items

Scope and Content

This series contains nine farces recorded In Situ (BBC), three BBC Radio 4 appearences and an audiobook.


Reluctant Heroes, BBC The Star Show / Dry Rot excerpts

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/373/4/1
Dates of Creation03 Jan 1953-04 Dec 1955
Physical Description 1 cassette

Scope and Content

Side A - Reluctant Heroes, BBC The Star Show 03/01/1953. John Slater as Sgt. Bell, Peter Hammond as Tone, BBC Variety Playhouse 19/09/1953. Wally Patch as Sgt. Bell, Darcy Conyers as Tone and Brian Rix, Larry Noble - Colin Morris. Side B - Dry Rot excerpts, BBC Harry Hall's Guest Night, 31/08/1955 and on 04/12/1955, BBC Variety Playhouse, with John Slater, Brian Rix, Basil Lord, Charles Cameron, Cecily Dadget-Bowman.