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Gladys Calthrop Design Collection

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52
Dates of Creation 1890s-1950s
Name of Creator Gladys Calthrop
Language of Material English
Physical Description 14 files

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to theatre productions Gladys Calthrop designed for, in the form of correspondence, sketchbooks, prints, illustrations, photographs and costume makers lists.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gladys Calthrop (1894-1980) was an English set and costume designer. Born Gladys Treeby in Devon, Calthrop married, and later separated from, Everard E. Calthrop. She met Noel Coward in Italy during 1921, they subsequently became friends and worked together on many plays. Their first collaboration was on The Vortex in 1924 for which Calthrop designed both sets and costumes. She worked in both London and New York.

Gladys Calthrop designed costumes, set and props for Alice in Wonderland first produced at Scala Theatre, premiered on 24 December 1943 and revived at the Palace Theatre in 1944. She designed costumes for Twelfth Night produced at Civic Theater, New York in 1926.

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 collection management policy.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Objects from the Gladys Calthrope Design Collection were catalogued as museum objects and can be found on search the collections via the V&A website http://www.vam.ac.uk/.

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

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Subjects

Performing arts
Costume design
Set designers

Personal Names

Calthrop Miss Gladys

Cataloguing Info

Title Gladys Calthrop Design Collection
Creation Created by Fabiana Barticioti using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2012-05-17
Revisions

Papers relating to the making of decor of productions of Alice in Wonderland at the Scala Theatre and the revival at the Palace Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1
Dates of Creation c. 1943
Physical Description 9 files

Scope and Content

It contains papers relating to the making of costumes and props, including correspondence, casting list, makers list, rough stage plan and scene breakdown.


Programme of Alice in Wonderland at Scala Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/1
Dates of Creation 1943
Physical Description 1 item

Audition list for production of Alice in Wonderland at Palace Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/2
Dates of Creation c. 1944
Physical Description 1 item

Cast list for Alice in Wonderland at Palace Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/3
Dates of Creation c. 1944
Physical Description 1 folder

Papers relating to the set construction to the production of Alice in Wonderland at the Palace Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/4
Dates of Creation c. 1944
Physical Description 1 folder

Papers relating to the revival of Alice in Wonderland at Palace Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/5
Dates of Creation c. 1944
Physical Description 1 folder

List of costume and props maker for revival of Alice in Wonderland at Palace Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/6
Dates of Creation c. 1944
Physical Description 1 folder

Makers list and stage directors for first production of Alice in Wonderland at Scala Theatre

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/7
Dates of Creation c. 1943
Physical Description 1 item

Rough stage plan for a unidentified production

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/8
Dates of Creation c. 1943
Physical Description 1 folder

Papers relating to the making of costumes and props

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/1/9
Dates of Creation c.1943
Physical Description 4 items

Scope and Content

It contains a scene breakdown for Act I & II, a costume and mask breakdowns for characters and costume/mask makers and 2 empty folders originally containing designs with hand-written notes.


Photographs of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, at the Civic Theater, New York

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/2
Dates of Creation c.1926
Physical Description 1 file (11 items)

Scope and Content

Images of costumes designed by Gladys Calthrop.

Photographs credited by White Studio, possibly in New York.


Sketches with 1920s style costume drawings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/3
Dates of Creation 1900-1950
Physical Description 1 file (2 sketchbooks)

Scope and Content

These drawings may be associated with the production of The Vortex by Noel Coward produced at National Theatre, Washington & Henry Miller Theatre, New York in 1925.


Imagery and research resource

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/4
Dates of Creation 1860-1950
Physical Description 3 files (7 folders)

Scope and Content

It includes cotume prints, notes and postcards.


Papers associated with sketchbook

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/4/1
Dates of Creation 1900-1950
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

File contains two notes and two postcards originaly found in a sketchbook (S.647:1 to 27 - 2021).


Costume prints

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/4/2
Dates of Creation 1860-1910
Physical Description 5 folders

Scope and Content

It includes prints and illustrations depicting contemporary fashion trends from a number of British and French magazines.


Sketchbook

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/52/4/3
Dates of Creation 1894-1890
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Sketchbook containing rought sketch and sketch studies