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Collection of H.M. Tennent Correspondence relating to the 1954 Parliamentary Debate

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/413
Dates of Creation 1954
Name of Creator H.M. Tennent
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

These folders contain correspondence, memos, official papers and a copy of the Official Report of the Parliamentary Debates.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection features materials relating to the 1954 House of Commons debate over the Theatrical Companies Bill and the accusations made by Labour MP Woodrow Wyatt: namely that Binkie Beaumont and the Tennent companies were legally using the bill to their advantage and creating a theatrical monopoly which their competitors couldn't compete with.

Arrangement

This collection was arranged into the following series:

  • THM/413/1 - Correspondence
  • THM/413/2 - Official reports and papers
  • THM/413/3 - Press clippings

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

Archive material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by gift, September 2011.

Accruals

No accruals are expected.

Related Material

Material relating to H.M.Tennent may be found in the following V&A collections:

  • THM/53 - Association of Theatrical Designers and Craftsmen
  • THM/178 - H.M. Tennent Administrative Archive
  • THM/338 - H.M. Tennent (Ian Dow Addition)

Material relating to Hugh (Binkie) Beaumont may be found in the Binkie Beaumont collection (THM/93).

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department, including the biographical files and library collection.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theatrical producers and directors -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Theater -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.

Personal Names

Beaumont, Binkie. ( 1908-1973)
Wyatt, Woodrow. ( 1918-1997)
Tennent, Henry Montcrieff. ( 1879-1941)

Cataloguing Info

Title Collection of H.M. Tennent Correspondence relating to the 1954 Parliamentary Debate
Creation Created by Veronica Castro using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2011-10-12
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Correspondence

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/413/1
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains a collection of typed and handwritten letters and one telegram between Binkie Beaumont, Members of Parliament and business associates regarding the Theatrical Companies Bill, dated Mar-Jul 1954.

Arrangement

The correspondence has been arranged in chronological order.

Personal Names

Beaumont, Binkie. ( 1908-1973)

Official reports and papers

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/413/2
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains the folowing:

  • Copy of the published Parliamentary Debates report, House of Commons, Volume 524, No.71, which inclueds the debate on the Theatrical Companies Bill [Col. 2249], dated Wednesday 10 Mar 1954.
  • Typed copy of notes entitled Notes on Article by Woodrow Wyatt, MP: "The Skeleton at Mr Beaumont's Feast" , Evening Standard, March 10th, 1954.
  • Typed memo entitled Entertainments Duty, Mr Woodrow Wyatt's Theatrical Companies Bill, written by E.S.Bertenshaw, dated 28 Jun 1954.
  • Typed copy of a memo entitled Entertainments Duty, H.M. Tennent Ltd , Tennent Productions Ltd., 1954.
  • Two typed copies of the Theatrical Companies Bill, one of which is annotated by hand, 1954.
  • Typed list of Lyric Hammersmith productions which transferred to the West End between 1950-1953, 1954.

Personal Names

Bertenshaw, E.S
Beaumont, Binkie. ( 1908-1973)
Wyatt, Woodrow. ( 1918-1997)

Press clippings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/413/3
Dates of Creation 1954
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This folder contains press clippings from National newspapers, concerning the Theatrical Companies Bill and the allegations made against Binkie Beaumont and the Tennent Companies, all dated Mar 1954.

Personal Names

Beaumont, Binkie. ( 1908-1973)