Search within this description

Contents

THM/382 - Peter Streuli
About this page

Peter Streuli

Archives described on the Archives Hub are held in repositories across the UK

  • this Description
  • View XML | View Text
This material is held at V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382
Dates of Creation 1939-1978
Name of Creator Peter Streuli
Language of Material English
Physical Description 4 boxes (35 files)

Scope and Content

Arrangement

The original working order of this archive has largely been lost. It has therefore been divided into seven series:

  • THM/382/1: Diaries
  • THM/382/2: Correspondence
  • THM/382/3: Production notes
  • THM/382/4: Theatrical papers
  • THM/382/5: Translations
  • THM/382/6: Memorabilia
  • THM/382/7: Designs

This collection consists of the correspondence, papers, work notes, translations, desk diaries, memorabilia and designs of Peter Streuli and provides an insight into the progression of his long career.

Administrative / Biographical History

In a forty year career in the theatre, Peter Streuli worked as an actor, director and producer, as well as being assistant director at The Old Vic Theatre School and later Director of Technical Training at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He was born in Ealing, West London in 1915 and educated at Taunton School and Birkbeck College, where he was a member of the dramatic society. He studied acting at the Webber Douglas School, graduating in 1938 and spent the next several years as a juvenile lead in over 80 plays in London, provincial repertory theatres and on tours of England and Scotland.

In 1944 he joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre under Sir Barry Jackson as a stage director and actor and was also joint organiser of the Birmingham Theatre School. Two years later he moved back to London as production manager at the Arts Theatre, where he was also able to produce. After touring Europe in 1946/7 with the English Arts Theatre Company, he married Marion Menzies in 1947 and moved into regional repertory theatre, firstly as a producer at Worthing for nine months and then to Southport, Lancashire as director, producer and sometimes designer of a fortnightly repertory company.

His career took a new direction in 1950 when he was appointed assistant director at the Old Vic Theatre School, working alongside Glen Byam Shaw, George Devine and Michel St Denis and in 1952 he was invited to become stage director and lighting designer at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford where he stayed for five seasons. Among the memorable productions he worked on as a director were Antony and Cleopatra (1953) with Michael Redgrave and Peggy Ashcroft, Othello (1954) with Anhony Quayle, Twelfth Night (1955) with John Gielgud, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus (1955) both with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh and Peter Brook's production of The Tempest (1957) with John Gielgud.

Whilst still continuing to act - for example as The Inquisitor in St Joan (1958) at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and produce - Rashid, Doctor in the House, Look Back in Anger (1958) - Streuli was appointed Director of Productions for the Pitlochry Theatre in 1959 where his experience and meticulous planning saw five productions staged that season. He would continue his association with Pitlochry until 1962. In the meantime, he had joined the teaching staff at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1960 where three years later he was appointed Director of Technical (Stage Management) Training. He retired in 1981. Of his time there, National Theatre director Julian Barnes paid tribute by saying "Peter ensured that students learnt how to appreciate both the actors' and writer's craft, through play study and joint classes. They learnt to speak and move, sharing the actors' skills. Such disciplines for technicians are rare." Peter Streuli died on January 2nd, 2007, aged 91. He was survived by his two sons Michael and Charles.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre & 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'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

Received as a gift from Michael Streuli in 2009.

Custodial History

This archive formed part of the estate of Peter Streuli.

Accruals

Further accruals are not expected.

Subjects

Theater -- Great Britain -- 20th century
Theater -- Production and direction -- History -- 20th century

Personal Names

Streuli, Peter. ( 1915-2007)

Cataloguing Info

Title Peter Streuli
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Chris Marlowe
Revisions

Diaries

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1
Dates of Creation 1950-1957
Physical Description 9 files

Arrangement

The desk diaries from 1950-1957 give an insight into Peter Streuli's day to day working and private life and cover his period with the Old Vic Theatre School (1950-1952) and his tenure at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (1953-1957). "Noises Off-Stage" Streuli describes as "a personal diary of a member of the English Arts Theatre touring Europe in 1946 and 1947. The plays presented were Hamlet, Othello, Bernard Shaw's Candida and Don Quan in Hell. The Company left England on September 27th 1946. The first performance was given in Prague on October 5th and the last in Zurich on February 16th 1947" The diary contains chapters on Austria, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and Switzerland and offers, amongst other things, Streuli's impressions of theatre and cinema in each location at that time.


Desk Diaries

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1
Dates of Creation 1950-1957

Scope and Content


Desk Diary 1950

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/1
Dates of Creation 1950
Physical Description 1 volume

Desk Diary 1951

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/2
Dates of Creation 1951
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content


Desk Diary 1952

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/3
Dates of Creation 1952
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content


Desk Diary 1953

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/4
Dates of Creation 1953
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content


Desk Diary 1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/5
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content


Desk Diary 1955

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/6
Dates of Creation 1955
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content


Desk Diary 1956

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/7
Dates of Creation 1956
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content


Desk Diary 1957

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/1/8
Dates of Creation 1957
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content


Personal Tour Diary

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/2
Dates of Creation 1946-1947

Personal Tour Diary

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/1/2/1
Dates of Creation 1946-1947
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Noises Off-Stage: Personal diary as a member of the "English Arts Theatre" company which toured Europe in 1946 and 1947.


Correspondence

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/2
Dates of Creation 1939-1968
Physical Description 6 files

Arrangement

Correspondence both personal and professional charting not only the progression of Streuli's career, but also his personal qualities of warmth, loyalty and meticulous organisation.


Correspondence 1939-1945

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/2/1
Dates of Creation 1939-1945
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Correspondence with agents, theatrical managements and technicians.


Correspondence 1939-1946

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/2/2
Dates of Creation 1939-1946
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Correspondence with artists and directors


Correspondence 1945-1958

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/2/3
Dates of Creation 1945-1958
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Correspondence with artists, directors and writers.


Correspondence 1946-1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/2/4
Dates of Creation 1946-1954
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Correspondence with artists and theatrical managements.


Correspondence 1947-1950

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/2/5
Dates of Creation 1947-1950
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Correspondence with play agents/theatrical managements.


Correspondence 1954-1968

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/2/6
Dates of Creation 1954-1968
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Correspondence with artists and production companies.


Production Notes

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3
Dates of Creation 1944-1964
Physical Description 7 files

Arrangement

Notes on all aspects of theatre production from different phases of Streuli's career.


Teaching Notes 1940's

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3/1
Dates of Creation 1940's
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Teaching Notes used at Birmingham Repertory Theatre School.


Notes on Heloise and Abelard.

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3/2
Dates of Creation 1940's
Physical Description 1 volume

Notes relating to music written for Hamlet.

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3/3
Dates of Creation 1945
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Notes and correspondence relating to music written by E. J. Moeran for "Hamlet".


Stage Names: Notes on Theatre.

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3/4
Dates of Creation 1945
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Notes on Theatre 16th-20th century (Copy No 2 with new notes).


Notes on Production and Acting.

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3/5
Dates of Creation 1945-1948
Physical Description 1 folder

Notes relating to a Weekend Course in Doncaster.

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3/6
Dates of Creation 1952
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Notes relating to a residential weekend course in Doncaster, April 1952


Production Notes and notes on New Theatre Forms.

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/382/3/7
Dates of Creation 1950-1953
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

General production notes, plus notes on The Questors - "Revolution or Evolution: Towards a New Theatre".