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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 Creation Aug 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

Title Brian Rix Archive
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Ewan Evans.
Revisions

Scrapbooks and Press Cuttings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/373/1
Dates of Creation Jan 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 Creation Aug 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 Creation Jan 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 Creation Jan 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 Creation Apr 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 Creation Mar 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 Creation Mar 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 Creation Oct 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 Creation Dec 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 Creation Feb 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 Creation Apr 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 Creation July 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 Creation Oct 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 Creation July 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 Creation May 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 Creation Mar 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 Creation July 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 Creation Dec 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 Creation 13 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 Creation undated
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 Creation undated
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 Creation 1948
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 Creation 1948
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 Creation undated
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 Creation undated
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 Creation 1993- 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.