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Beryl Hoare photograph album collection

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/386
Dates of Creation 1914 - 1923
Name of Creator Beryl Hoare
Language of Material English
Physical Description 3 volumes

Scope and Content

This collection consists of three hardbound photograph albums collected by Beryl Hoare. They contain production photographs for several London productions dating from 1914 to 1923. Also included are photographic portraits of various performers, some of which are autographed.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sheila O'Bryen, who adopted the stage name Beryl Hoare is known to have appeared as Alice in an RSC production of Henry V at the Stratford Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1914 as well as having appeared as a fairy in Harley Granville-Barker's 1914 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at London's Savoy Theatre.

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.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to the productions mentioned in this catalogue may be found in several collections, including the productions, photographs and biographical files.

Please ask for details.

Personal Names

Hoare, Beryl
Granville-Barker, Harley. ( 1877 - 1946)

Geographical Names

Savoy Theatre, London

Cataloguing Info

Title Beryl Hoare photograph album collection
Creation Created by Veronica Castro using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2012-03-13

A Midsummer Night's Dream and other productions

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/386/1
Dates of Creation 1914 - 1920
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This volume contains black and white production photographs of Harley Granville-Barker's 1914 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Savoy Theatre, London. A note pasted onto the cover explains that Hoare, aged 11, performed in this production as a fairy. A loose note inside explains the process of applying their gold-leaf make-up. Also included are production photographs for two other London productions. Notes are pasted or written in beside each photograph giving production information details.

Personal Names

Granville-Barker, Harkey. ( 1877 - 1946)

Geographical Names

Savoy Theatre, London

Performers album (mixed)

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/386/2
Dates of Creation 1915 - 1922
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This volume contains black and white production photographs from a 1922 production of The Way of an Eagle featuring Marjorie Gordon and Godfrey Tearl, and autographed photographs of other performers including Elsie Janis and Renée Mayer. Dated items range from 1915 to 1922.

Personal Names

Janis, Elsie. ( 1889 - 1956)
Tearl, Godfrey. ( 1884 - 1953)
Mayer, Renee
Gordon, Marjorie

Production photographs (mixed)

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/386/3
Dates of Creation 1920 - 1923
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This volume contains black and white production photographs from a number of London productions including:

  • The Charm School, Comedy Theatre, 1920.
  • It's All Wrong, Queen's Theatre, 1920.
  • Stop Flirting, starring Fred and Adele Astaire, Shaftesbury Theatre, 1923.

Notes are pasted in beside each photograph outlining detailed production information. Some photgraphs have been signed. A loose note is also included.

Personal Names

Astaire, Fred. ( 1899 - 1987)
Astaire, Adele. ( 1896 - 1981)

Geographical Names

Comedy Theatre, London
Shaftesbury Theatre, London
Queen's Theatre, London