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Collection relating to Harold Fielding's production of 'Cinderella'

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This material is held at V&A Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429
Dates of Creation 1958
Name of Creator Harold Fielding
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 boxes

Scope and Content

The collection consists of five copies of complete scripts for the 1958 production of the pantomime Cinderella produced by Harold Fielding at the London Coliseum. It also includes salary information, running order lists of props, minutes of progress meetings by Fielding and his company and company costume requirements and schedules for the dancers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Fielding's Cinderella was notable for taking a new approach to the more traditional British pantomime, whilst also harking back to the lavish Drury Lane pantomimes of the late 19th century. It was based on the American musical version of the story composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, that had been originally written for a live CBS broadcast on American television on 31 March 1957 starring Julie Andrews as Cinderella. Although Rodgers and Hammerstein were already very well known for their stage musicals such as their 1943 Oklahoma!, this was their first musical to be televised.

Harold Fielding produced his expanded, re-orchestrated version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in a style carefully designed to appeal to British audiences of all ages and interests. The stepsisters Portia and Joy were played in drag by the radio star Kenneth Williams and Variety's comic strongman Ted Durante, while the comedian Jimmy Edwards, well-known from the radio's popular programme Take It From Here played The King. By casting the twenty-two year old Rock 'n Roll sensation Tommy Steele as Buttons, and the singer Yana in the title role, Fielding was also appealing to younger pop fans and was going against the tradition of a female principal boy by casting the baritone singer Bruce Trent as the Prince.

Fielding's Cinderella, directed by Freddie Carpenter, was the first pantomime at the London Coliseum for fourteen years, and with spectacular sets designed by Loudon Sainthill and a large cast including a flock of live geese, it was the most expensive pantomime ever costing £100,000 to mount, with the ballroom scene alone costing £12,500.

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 collections managment policy.

Acquisition Information

Purchase from Mullock's Ltd.

Accruals

No accruals expected.

Archivist's Note

Description by Joanna Norledge, August 2012.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Harold Fielding, productions of Cinderella and pantomime in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Pantomime.

Personal Names

Cinderella
Fielding, Harold. ( 1916-2003)

Cataloguing Info

Title Collection relating to Harold Fielding's production of 'Cinderella'
Revisions

Scripts of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella', produced by Harold Fielding

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/1
Dates of Creation ca. 1958
Physical Description 5 items

Scope and Content

Five scripts of Harold Fielding's 1958 production of Cinderella including alterations and edits.


Script for Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella'

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/1/1
Dates of Creation ca. 1958
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Produced by Richard Lewine. Directed by Raplph Nelson. Costumes and settings by William and Jean Eckhart. Muscial director Alfredo Antonini. Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett.


Script for Harold Fielding's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella', script no. 2, annotated

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/1/2
Dates of Creation ca. 1958
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Includes notes, additions and edits hand written in, pasted in and inserted sections of text.


Script for Harold Fielding's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella', script no. 10,

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/1/3
Dates of Creation ca. 1958
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This script has the Lord Chamberlain's Certificate pasted to the front and has been stamped for approval throughout.


Script for Harold Fielding's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' labelled 'Master Copy' and 'corrected script', script no. 18,

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/1/4
Dates of Creation ca. 1958
Physical Description 1 volume and 2 items

Scope and Content

This script is heavily annotated with edits and stage directions. Enclosed within it is the Certificate from the Lord Chamberlain licensing the performance of the new play with a memorandum attached and a letter reminding all staff involved that alterations must submitted to the Lord Chamberlain for approval.


Script for Harold Fielding's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' as played at the Adelphi in 1960, script no. 23,

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/1/5
Dates of Creation ca. 1960
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This script is annotated and includes additions, edits, insertions and pinned in parts of text. On the front is written ' CORRECTED - AS PLAYED AT :- ADELPHI, LONDON, XMAS 1960.'


Production Files for Harold Fielding's production of 'Cinderella'

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/2
Dates of Creation ca.1958-1962
Physical Description 3 folders

Scope and Content

These files contain documents relating to costume costs, props lists, salaries, minutes from progress meetings, schedules and costume requirements for the original 1958 production of Harold Fielding's Cinderella and the subsequent 1960 production at the Adelphi.


Costume file for Harold Fielding's 1960 production of 'Cinderella'

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/2/1
Dates of Creation ca. 1960-1962
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence and lists regarding shoes, wigs, props and costume required for Harold Fielding's production of Cinderella. There are descriptions of costume requirements for each role, fabric swatches and a a 'costume plot' document.


Costume, props, scenery and administrative file for Harold Fielding's 1958 production of 'Cinderella'

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/2/2
Dates of Creation ca. 1958
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains a set of costume plots, lists of suppliers and costs for costume, props and scenery, schedule for orchestral rehearsals, invoices from suppliers for costume and props, lists of costumes required, four sets of minutes for meetings, a memos discussing the financial situation of the production, complaints about the quality of the costumes, lists and descriptions of costumes for each character in each act and correspondence and notes about the costumes.


Production file for Harold Fielding's production of 'Cinderella'

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/429/2/3
Dates of Creation ca.1958-1960
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Contains a list and memo concerning costume, a running order, memos listing cast salaries for the 1958 and 1960 productions, a handwritten note of sound effects, list of suppliers and costs for scenery and props, a working fly plot, five sets of minutes of meetings regarding the 1958 production, a rehearsal schedule for the 1960 production, a costume list for an Ugly Sister and a copy of the first 19 pages of the script.

NB. Originally in a brown envelope labelled ' Costumes / Cinderella / Coliseum 18.12.58-11.4.59'.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file has been closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998 until 2041.