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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400
Dates of Creation 1921-1927
Name of Creator Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
Language of Material English
Physical Description 7 files

Scope and Content

This collection consists of The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Treasury Sheets from the 1920s, showing general expenditure for the theatre as well as for the current show and specific records relating to the production Rose Marie.

Administrative / Biographical History

Under managing director Sir Alfred Butt, the 1920s saw The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane enjoy great box office success with musicals such as Rose Marie, Desert Song and Show Boat.

Rose Marie is an operetta-style musical with music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart, and book and lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was produced at Drury Lane in London in March 1925, enjoying an extraordinary run of 581 performances and closed in March 1927. The original production had a chorus of eighty and was London's most successful Broadway show after World War I until it was surpassed by Oklahoma! in 1947.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Acquisition Information

This collection was aquired at the Bloomsbury Book Auction, London in May 2011.


No accruals expected.

Related Material

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

Other archival and special collections held by the V&A relating to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane are:

  • THM/72 Drury Lane Theatrical Fund Collection [ 177-]-[187-]
  • THM/86 Drury Lane Design Collection
  • THM/101 Drury Lane Legal and Financial Documents (1) [179-]-[182-]
  • THM/102 Drury Lane Legal and Financial Documents (2) 1812-1898

Please enquire for more details.


Theater management -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.
Theaters -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.

Personal Names

Friml, Rudolf. ( 1879-1972)
Stothart, Herbert. ( 1885-1949)
Harbach, Otto. ( 1873-1963)

Corporate Names

Drury Lane Theatre

Geographical Names

Drury Lane Theatre, Catherine Street, London

Cataloguing Info

Title Drury Lane Theatre Treasury Sheets
Creation Created by intern using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2011-05-19

General Theatre Account Books

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/1
Dates of Creation 1921-1927

Scope and Content

This series contains five volumes with printed sheets detailing the general accounts of the theatre (including during times of closures), as well as expenditure specific to the current show.

Typically are found salary details for the technical staff, the orchestra, front of house and the refreshment department as well as general expenditure and running costs.

Rose Marie went into production in March 1925 and records specifically to do with this show were kept in separate books.

Each large sized bound volume, approximately 18 inches by 20 inches and in relatively good condition, is labelled "Theatre Royal Drury Lane Limited Treasury Sheets." plus the relevant date covered.

Treasury Sheets June 1921-June 1922

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/1/1
Dates of Creation Jun 1921-Jun 1922
Physical Description 1 item

Treasury Sheets July 1922-June 1923

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/1/2
Dates of Creation Jul 1922-Jun 1923
Physical Description 1 item

Treasury Sheets June 1924-July 1925

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/1/3
Dates of Creation Jun 1924-Jul 1925
Physical Description 1 item

Treasury Sheets July 1925-June 1926

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/1/4
Dates of Creation Jul 1925-Jun 1926
Physical Description 1 item

Treasury Sheets July 1926-June 1927

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/1/5
Dates of Creation Jul 1926-Jun 1927
Physical Description 1 item

Accounts relating to Rose Marie

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/2
Dates of Creation Jul 1926-Apr 1927

Scope and Content

This series consists of one volume showing expenditure and one folder of loose sheets detailing staff attendance referring to the production of Rose Marie in 1926-1927.

It is likely that a volume Rose Marie No 1 existed covering the period 1925-1926, but this wasn't available for aquisition.

Rose Marie No 2

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/2/1
Dates of Creation July 1926-April 1927
Physical Description 1 item

Rose Marie Loose Sheets

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/400/2/2
Dates of Creation Jul 1926-Mar 1927
Physical Description 1 folder