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THM/431 - Muriel Cole Collection of Theatre Reviews

Muriel Cole Collection of Theatre Reviews

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This material is held atV&A Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/431
Dates of Creation1967-1978
Name of Creator Muriel Cole
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 boxes

Scope and Content

West End play reports (25 files, 1968-1978); Regional and Non West End play reports (13 files, 1968-1978); Television cast lists (11 files, 1967-1978); Film reports (1 file, 1969-1977); Actor addresses (1 file, 1975-1978, and closed until 2093)

Administrative / Biographical History

Muriel Cole (1914 - 2012) was the first Head of Casting for Yorkshire Television, a position she maintained from 1968 to her retirement in 1978.

Members of Yorkshire Television's Casting Department attended various theatre performances around the country, including performances by theatre clubs and drama schools, as well as performances at major city theatres. Reports were then submitted evaluating the performance of each actor, with a view to recommending actors to appear in Yorkshire Television productions.

During the period covered by the collection, the Casting Department assessed many actors who would go on to prominent careers. These include Helen Mirren, Simon Callow, Julie Walters, Bob Hoskins, Anthony Sher, Art Malik, Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce.

Arrangement

The original order of this archive has been largely maintained - play reviews divided into West End, and Regional and Non West End, and sub-divided by year. Similarly the original arrangement of television cast lists has been maintained - divided into Yorkshire Television productions and productions by other television companies. Separate files for film reviews and for actor's addresses have been artificially created for clarity.

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. This is indicated in the descriptions for those files affected.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material for personal use only in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Acquisition Information

The collection was given to the museum by the god-daughter of Muriel Cole

Accruals

No Further accruals expected.

Archivist's Note

02/05/2013

Subjects

Theatre--Casting

Personal Names

Cole,  Muriel. ( 28/06/1914 - January 2012) 

Corporate Names

ITV Broadcasting Limited

Cataloguing Info

TitleMuriel Cole Collection of Theatre Reviews
Descriptive RulesCatalogue created following the conventions outlined in the V&A archive cataloguing manual, version 1.0.
Revisions

West End Play Reports

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/431/1
Dates of Creation1968 - 1978
Physical Description 25 files

Scope and Content

This series contains play reports submitted by members of Yorkshire Television's Casting Department evaluating the perfomances of actors in West End productions.


Regional and Non West End Play Reports

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/431/2
Dates of Creation1968 - 1978
Physical Description 13 files

Scope and Content

This series contains play reports submitted by members of Yorkshire Television's Casting Department, evaluating the performances of actors in performances outside the West End. These include outer London venues as well as regional theatres across Britain.

Arrangement

Material is arranged by date.


Cast Lists: Yorkshire Television Productions

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/431/3
Dates of Creation1968 - 1978
Physical Description 5 files

Scope and Content

This series contains casts lists and production details from various Yorkshire Television productions. This includes the dates of rehearsals, recording and transmission of the programme, as well as the names of directors and producers.

Arrangement

Material is arranged by date.


Cast Lists: Various ITV Productions

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/431/4
Dates of Creation1967 - 1968
Physical Description 6 files

Scope and Content

This series contains casts lists and production details from various ITV productions. Many of these productions were made by Associated Rediffusion. Details include the dates of rehearsals, recording and transmission of the programme, as well as the names of directors and producers.

Arrangement

Where possible, cast lists for a given television series have been gathered together in separate folders. Often episodes within a series were numbered. Where this is not the case, material is arranged by date.


Film Reports

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/431/5
Dates of Creation1969 - 1977
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

This series consists of film reports, similar in nature to play reports. Members of Yorkshire TV's Casting Department reviewed recent cinematic releases, and reported on the performances of the cast. Reports also evaluate the film as a whole.

Arrangement

Material is arranged by date.


Actor Address List

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/431/6
Dates of Creation1975 - 1978
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

This series contains contact details for actors considered for employment by Yorkshire Television.

Conditions Governing Access

This file contains personal information and is therefore closed until 2093, in line with the Data Protection Act.