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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/416
Dates of Creation 1944-1982
Name of Creator John Stone
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 box, 3 files

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, paperwork and photographs relating to the stage and screen career of British actor John Stone. Of particular interest is the surviving documentation relating to his theatrical, film and radio engagements and the level of detail.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1924, John Hailstone started his acting career at the Q Theatre in London. After performing with a variety of repertory companies he eventually graduated to the West End, where his first role was in One Wild Oat at the Garrick in 1948. Many West End appearances followed, most notably in A View From the Bridge at the Comedy Theatre in 1956 and Signpost to Murder at the Cambridge Theatre in 1962.

Throughout the 1950s and through to the 1980s Stone branched out into film and television, becoming a familiar face through appearances in such popular series as Quartermass II, Z Cars and The Avengers. He also played the lead in Peter Shaffer's first play for television, The Balance of Terror and starred in Terence Rattigan's cricketing play The Final Test.

In the 1970s Stone starred opposite his partner Margaret Lockwood in three series of the legal television series Justice.

Under his birth name Stone wrote A Present For the Past, which premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of 1966 and Before Autumn which played at the Watford Palace Theatre in 1978.


The archive has been divided into the following files:

  • THM/416/1 - Contracts and paperwork
  • THM/416/2 - Photographs
  • THM/416/3 - Scrapbook

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/.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

The following theatre programmes have been removed and added to core collections:

  • A Present From The Past by John Hailstone, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Festival, 1966.
  • Relative Values by Noel Coward, Theatre Royal, Brighton, 1972.
  • Relative Values by Noel Coward, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 1972.
  • Relative Values by Noel Coward, New Theatre, Oxford, 1972.
  • Relative Values by Noel Coward, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 1972.
  • Quadrille by Noel Coward, The Grand, Leeds, 1977.
  • Quadrille by Noel Coward, King's Theatre, Glasgow, 1977.
  • Double Edge by Leslie Darbon and Peter Whelan, Theatre Royal, Brighton, 1978.
  • Most Gracious Lady at the Alexander Theatre, Birmingham, 1978.
  • Most Gracious Lady at the Richmond Theatre, 1978.
  • The Man Most Likely To by Joyce Rayburn, Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1982.
  • Murder Among Friends by Bob Barry, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 1982.
  • Murder Among Friends by Bob Barry, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 1982.
  • Murder Among Friends by Bob Barry, Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1982.
  • Murder Among Friends by Bob Barry, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 1982.
  • Educating Rita by Willy Russell, Dundee Repertory Theatre, 1988.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Sept 2011.


No further accruals are expected.


Actors -- Great Britain -- 20th century
Theater -- England -- History -- 20th century

Personal Names

Stone, John
Shaffer, Peter
Rattigan, Terence

Geographical Names

Palace Theatre, Watford
Garrick Theatre, London
Q Theatre, London
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Cambridge Theatre, London
Comedy Theatre, London

Cataloguing Info

Title John Stone Collection
Creation Created by Veronica Castro using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2011-10-12

Contracts and paperwork

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/416/1
Dates of Creation 1965-1982
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

These folders contain the following:

  • Contracts, letters of employment and agents letters relating to theatrical and television productions and television commercials in which Stone performed. Productions include Before Autumn, Romeo and Juliet and The Avengers. These materials cover the years 1965-1982. Also included is paperwork relating to the production of Stone's play Before Autumn at the Palace Theatre Watford, 1978.
  • Three brief John Stone biographies, all undated.
  • Typed list of Stone's television, film and radio appearances, undated.

Personal Names

Stone , John


Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/416/2
Dates of Creation 1950s-1960s
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

These folders contain the following:

  • Collection of 20 black and white photographs of Stone; stage and television production images, portraits and photographs of a television broadcast. Some are annotated. Dates given range from 1957-1961.
  • One large colour production image of Stone and Margaret Lockwood in an unknown production. Undated.

Personal Names

Stone, John
Lockwood, Margaret


Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/416/3
Dates of Creation 1944-1957
Physical Description 1 book

Scope and Content

This folder contains a scrapbook inscribed on inside cover: "To John Stone From Your Fan Joan Rhodes, 1947". Joan Rhodes, it should be noted, was a celebrated variety performer and "strong-woman". The book includes materials that cover Stone's stage and television careers during the years 1944-1957 such as theatre programmes, production and press photographs, a copy of the British Film magazine, reviews, correspondence and a playbill. Dated 1947.

Personal Names

Stone, John
Rhodes, Joan