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Collection of New Scala Theatre Photographs

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/389
Dates of Creation c.1910s-1950s
Name of Creator Cecil Langman
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

This collection consists of autographed and production photographs as well as a number of programmes relating to the New Scala Theatre. Dated materials range from 1913 to 1953.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection of production and promotional photographs was compiled by Cecil Langman, a stage manager at the New Scala Theatre during World War II and until his retirement, c.1960.

The New Scala Theatre began life as "New Rooms" in Tottenham Street in 1772. Renamed "The Scala Theatre" in 1904, it was to be named and renamed numerous times. In 1923 it was renamed as "The New Scala" and became known for amateur productions and pantomime, and for a while was home to Gang Shows. During World War II it was renamed yet again, this time reverting to "The Scala Theatre". In 1969 the theatre was demolished after a fire destroyed the building. The Scala House office block now stands in its place.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into the following series:

  • THM/389/1 - Autographed photographs
  • THM/389/2 - Othello
  • THM/389/3 - Derby Day
  • THM/389/4 - Gang Show / Scout Review photographs
  • THM/389/5 - Unidentified production photographs
  • THM/398/6 - Production programmes

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.

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.

Acquisition Information

Gift by Revd Barry Langman, 2010.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections, including production and building files of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department for further information on the New Scala Theatre.

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Subjects

Theater architecture -- England -- London -- History
Theater -- England -- London -- History
Stage photography

Personal Names

Langman, Cecil

Geographical Names

New Scala Theatre, London

Cataloguing Info

Title Collection of New Scala Theatre Photographs
Creation Created by Veronica Castro using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2011-11-08

Autographed photographs

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/389/1
Dates of Creation c.1926-1945
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains ten black and white promotional and production photographs, all autographed and three inscribed specifically to Langman. One photographed is signed by the cast of Princess Charming, which played at the Scala in May, 1953. Dated materials range from 1926 to 1953. Most are undated.

Personal Names

Langman, Cecil

Geographical Names

New Scala Theatre, London

Othello

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/389/2
Dates of Creation c.1918-1921
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains three black and white photographs of Othello, which played at what was then the Scala Theatre at some point during the period of 1918-1921. All of the photographs are annotated on the reverse with names of the featured actors and their roles. Mr Frederick Nettlefold, then the theatre manager, appears as Othello.

Personal Names

Langman, Cecil
Nettlefold, Frederick

Geographical Names

New Scala Theatre, London

Derby Day

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/389/3
Dates of Creation c.1910s-1930s
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains three black and white photographs of Derby Day, exact dates unknown. All of the photographs are annotated on reverse, and none are dated.

Geographical Names

New Scala Theatre, London

Gang Show / Scout Review photographs

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/389/4
Dates of Creation c.1930s
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains three black and white photographs of scout troupes on stage. Two of the photographs show the cast of The Gang Show of 1934. All of the photos are undated.

Personal Names

Langman, Cecil

Geographical Names

New Scala Theatre, London

Unidentified production photographs

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/389/5
Dates of Creation c.1910s-1950s
Physical Description 3 folders

Scope and Content

These folders contain a collection of 97 black and white photographs of various stage productions at the New Scala Theatre throughout the first half of the 20th century. None of the photographs are annotated or dated.

Personal Names

Langman, Cecil

Geographical Names

New Scala Theatre, London

Production programmes

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/389/6
Dates of Creation 1913-1940
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains the following production programmes:

  • Kinoplastikon, Dec1913.
  • The Gang Show, Oct 1934.
  • The Sun Breaks Through, Jan 1938.
  • The Desert Song, Apr 1940.