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THM/397 - Paul Scofield Collection

Paul Scofield Collection

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397
Dates of Creation1807 - 2010
Name of CreatorPaul Scofield
Language of Material English Russian German Hungarian Italian Polish Bosnian Slovenian Romanian
Physical Description 75 boxes plus framed and oversized items

Scope and Content

The collection consists of scripts used by Paul Scofield during his career on stage, in film and on the radio, correspondence files spanning the period of his career, which also include other related documents. Other material includes photographs, press cuttings, programmes, audio recordings and video recordings, awards, certificates, posters, playbills, costume designs and other artworks.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Scofield (1922-2008) was educated at Varndean School for boys, Croydon Repertory School and the London Mask Theatre School. He started his stage career in the 1940s, unable to sign up due to medical reasons. He's career which soon became synonymous with Classical theatre began first with the Eileen Thorndike and Herbert Scott Group and secondly the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Further on in his career Scofield worked closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company for a number of years as well as The National Theatre, his roles were numerous and diverse. Some of his most notable performances included King Lear, I am not Rapport, Volpone and The Madra's house. Beyond the theatre Scofield won acclaim through a number of films including 'A Man For All Seasons'(1966) and 'Expresso Bongo'(1958), as well as copious amounts of audiobooks and plays for BBC radio. Throughout his career Scofield was nominated for a number of awards but it was for his roles in the films 'Man For All Seasons'(1966) through which he won an Oscar and 'The Crucible' (1996) where he won a BAFTA for best supporting role. Alongside his awards in theatre Paul Scofield was also awarded a number of honorary degrees from universities including the University of St Andrews and Sussex University; in 1956 he received a CBE and in 2000 he was made a Companion of Honour. In 1943 Scofield married the actress Joy Parker, they had two children, Martin and Sarah Scofield.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • THM/397/1 - Scripts, readings and speeches
  • THM/397/2 - Correspondence and other papers
  • THM/397/3 - Photographs
  • THM/397/4 - Press and marketing
  • THM/397/5 - Audio material
  • THM/397/6 - Audio visual material
  • THM/397/7 - Awards, certificates and trophies
  • THM/397/8 - Posters and playbills
  • THM/397/9 - Artworks and designs

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 Paul Scofield and Joy Parker in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.

Also see the BBC Sound Archives for recordings of his radio and television appearances.

Subjects

Shakespeare
Theater -- Great Britain -- 20th Century

Personal Names

Zinnemann,  Fred
Parker,  Joy
Brook,  Peter
Gielgud,  John
Donne,  John
Shakespeare,  William
Fry,  Christopher
Olivier,  Laurence
Worth,  Irene

Corporate Names

Royal Shakespeare Company
Glasgow University
University of Kent
University of St Andrews
The National Theatre
University of Sussex
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Cataloguing Info

TitlePaul Scofield Collection
CreationCreated by Joanna Norledge using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2011-11-01
Revisions

Scripts, Readings and Speeches

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1
Dates of Creation1922-2010
Physical Description 17 boxes

Scope and Content

This series contains scripts used by Paul Scofield in his theatre work, radio and audio recordings, film work and readings. Including music, scripts and poetry.


Scripts

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1
Dates of Creation1922-2010
Physical Description 16 folders/items

Scope and Content

This sub-series consists of scripts for complete works and productions that Paul Scofield worked on. The majority of these scripts are initialled 'PS'. Paul Scofield's parts are underlined, usually in red pen.


Adventure Story by Terence Rattigan, handwritten script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/1
Dates of Creation17 Mar 1949
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Bound and dedicated manuscript volume with three letters inserted. Given to Paul Scofield by Terence Rattigan 1949. The play explores the story of Alexander the great and his conquests, played by Paul Scofield in its first production.


The Aeneid by Virgil, translated by Cecil Day, abridged by James Bubridge, annotated script for audio book recording

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/2
Dates of Creationca. 2002
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Unbound. Intonation, cuts and edits are annotated.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed


The Amen Soldier screenplay by John David, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/3
Dates of Creation1999
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

A script of The Amen Soldier by John David Morley, from an original idea by Richard Standeven. Directed by Richard Standeven. Some underlining and annotation. Also includes a handwritten note by Paul Scofield on the scene breakdown.


Anton in Eastbourne, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/4
Dates of Creation1922-2010
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Annotated script including stage directions, intonation and pacing notes and edits.


'The Art of Acting' for BBC Radio show The Irving Inheritance

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/5
Dates of Creation1981
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Script for Radio 4 series The Irving Inheritance annotated with underlining and notes. Includes a covering letter from the BBC.


Bartleby, screenplay adapted from the story by Herman Melville by Anthony Friedman and Rodney Carr-Smith, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/6
Dates of Creation1922-2010
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Script for Bartleby based on the story by Herman Melville, adapted for the screen by Anthony Friedman and Rodney Carr-Smith. Pantheon Film Productions Limited. Lightly annotated script.


Beginning to End, drawn from the works of Samuel Beckett by Jack MacGowran, script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/7
Dates of Creation1922-2010
Physical Description 1 item

Billy Budd by Herman Melville, adapted for radio by Jon Harrison, script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/8
Dates of Creationca. 2000
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

First script has no annotation. Second script annotated with underlinings, notes, direction and edits.


The Captain of Köpenick by Carl Zuckmeyer, adpated by John Mortimer, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/9
Dates of Creationca.1971
Physical Description 8 items

Scope and Content

Adaptation for the National Theatre. Also contains the following loose items: cast list, two cards to Paul Scofield, a prayer and three watercolour sketches of men in military uniform entitled 'Shells', signed 'to Paul Scofield from Hazel H[unknown].


Clothes for a Summer Hotel, by Tennessee Williams, script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/10
Dates of Creation1980
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Labelled 'Post Broadway version, Fall 1980'. Includes a loose sheet with a Celtic Benediction typed on it.


The Crucible, film screenplay script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/11
Dates of Creation1995
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Also contains a crew contact list and leather script holder

Administrative / Biographical History

Annotated with stage directions, underlining, edits and actions. Includes loose sheets and additions.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act until 2077


A Dead Secret, by Rodney Ackland, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/12
Dates of Creationca.1957
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Annotated with underlining and edit notes.

Physical Description

NB: Bound with masking tape.


Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, for the BBC, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/13
Dates of Creationca. 1975
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Script for a reading for the BBC. Annotated with edits and underlinings.


A Delicate Balance screenplay by Edward Albee, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/14
Dates of Creationca. 1973
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Includes a photograph and a covering slip. Annotations include directions and edits.


The Diary of Vaslav Njinsky edited by Romola Nijinsky, voice-over for film, scripts

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/15
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 2 items

Scope and Content

One annotated script including intonations, cuts and edits. One un-annotated script.


Dimetos by Atol Fugard, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/16
Dates of Creationca. 1976
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Some underlining and action directions.


Dombey and Son, annotated script for audio recording

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/17
Dates of Creationca. 2002
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Annotations for intonation and stress and edits.


Don Quixote play by Kevin Dewhurst after Miguel Cervantes, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/18
Dates of Creationca. 1982
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Script for play at the National Theatre. Annotations include action directions. NB Paul Scofield also recorded a radio adaptation in 1991.


Dr Ibsen's Ghosts for BBC radio, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/19
Dates of Creationca. 2000
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Annotated script with directions and notes. One script with his part of 'Ibsen' underlined.


Embers by Sándor Márai translated by Carol Brown Janeway, script for audio recording, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/20
Dates of Creation2002
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Recorded March 2002. Intonations and stresses marked.


Expresso Bongo musical by Wolf Mankowitz and Julian More, script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/21
Dates of Creationca. 1958
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Front page signed by Paul Scofield, includes some edits.


Façade, annotated script for audio recording

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/22
Dates of Creationca. 1972
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Includes annotations regarding speed, rhythm and stresses.


Genesis, annotated lip synch script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/23
Dates of Creationca. 1994
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Includes pacing and intonation notes.


Gerard Manley Hopkins and Fame radio play for BBC radio 3 by Pamela Gravett, annotated script

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/397/1/1/24
Dates of Creation1996
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Includes some markings and notes regarding the narration.