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Everyman Theatre Collection

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74
Dates of Creation 1895-1977
Name of Creator Norman MacDermott
Language of Material English
Physical Description 9 boxes

Scope and Content

This collection include materials relating to the Everyman Theatre, Hampstead, 1920-1926, by its founder Norman MacDermott.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Everyman, in Hampstead, London, England opened as a cinema on 26 December 1933. The building was first opened as the Hampstead Drill Hall and Assembly Rooms in the 1880s. Later it was transformed into a theatre, the Everyman Theatre, which opened in 1920 under the direction of Norman MacDermott (1890–1977) with the first British production of Jacinto Benavente's Bonds of InterestThe (Los intereses creados, 1907). You Never Can Tell, opened two weeks later and was a success, leading to the performance of more revivals from George Bernard Shaw. Noël Coward's The Vortex was first performed there.

Norman MacDermott was the person responsible for the foundation and management of the Everyman Theatre.. After his experiences he wrote the history of the Everyman theatre, and published in 1975.

In 1938 Norman MacDermott was appointed Director of Entertainments at the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow. During the war years, he joined the Department of National Service Entertainment and became the Controller for the Scottish Region. In 1945 he organised a season in Edinburgh as a try-out for a civic theatre and from 1947 worked for St. Dunstan's and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. In 1951 he was the General Manager of the South Bank Exhibition during the Festival of Britain.

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

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to the Everyman Theatre, as well as the 20th century theatre in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theater and society--Great Britain--History--20th century.

Personal Names

MacDermott, Norman

Cataloguing Info

Title Everyman Theatre Collection
Creation Created by intern using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2014-05-02
Revisions

Books and Typescripts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1
Dates of Creation 1895-1977

King Richard II by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/1
Dates of Creation 1895
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This is a small book written by William Shakespeare and edited by M.R. Ridley, M.A./J.M. Dent &Sons LTD.


Theatre craft edited by Norman Macdermott, Hermon Ould and Horace Shipp

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/2
Dates of Creation 1918
Name of Creator Norman Macdermott
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Theatre craft is a book of the new spirit in the theatre written by Norman Macdermott.The contents of the book include the current state and the future of the English theatre.


A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/3
Dates of Creation 1934
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This is a small book written by William Shakespeare and edited by M.R. Ridley, M.A./J.M. Dent &Sons LTD.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/4
Dates of Creation 1935
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This is a small book written by William Shakespeare and edited by M.R. Ridley, M.A./J.M. Dent &Sons LTD.


Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/5
Dates of Creation 1935
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This is a small book written by William Shakespeare and edited by M.R. Ridley, M.A./J.M. Dent &Sons LTD.


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/6
Dates of Creation 1935
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

This is a small book written by William Shakespeare and edited by M.R. Ridley, M.A./J.M. Dent &Sons LTD.


Everymania

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/7
Dates of Creation 1977
Physical Description 3 files

Everymania Typescript

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/7/1
Dates of Creation 1977
Physical Description 7 folders

Scope and Content

This includes overtures and beginners, the prologue, canticles of history 1920-1926, the epilogues and envoi and cast lists and critiques.


Everymania Manuscript

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/7/2
Dates of Creation 1977
Physical Description 1 folder

Everymania by Norman Macdermott

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/1/7/3
Dates of Creation 1977
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Everymania is a book dealing with the history of the Everyman Theatre Hampstead between 1920 and 1926 written by Norman MacDermott.


Photographs and artwork

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2
Dates of Creation 1920-1926

Latern slides

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/1
Dates of Creation 1920-1926

Everyman lantern slide 1

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/1/1
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 6 slides

Everyman lantern slide 2

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/1/2
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 8 slides

Drawings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/2
Dates of Creation 1920-1926

Drawing of The Man who was Thursday

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/2/1
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 1 drawing

Scope and Content

This drawing illustrates The Dock-side Pub by G.K.Chesterton. This also shows an example of new method used in a play of complicated scenes and quick change. This was drawn after set by Notman MacDermott.


Illustrations

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/3
Dates of Creation 1920-1926

Illustration of The Shewing up of Blanco Posnet

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/3/1
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 1 illustration

Scope and Content

This illustration is a press cutting from The Times and illustrates the first performance in public Bremeber Wills as Blanco.


Illustration of The Rake

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/3/2
Dates of Creation 1921
Physical Description 1 illustration

Scope and Content

This is a cartoon from The Passing Show relating to The Everyman's steeply raked auditorium.


Illustration of The Lost Silk Hat

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/3/3
Dates of Creation 3 December 1921; 3 December 1921
Physical Description 1 illustration

Scope and Content

This shows J.H.Roberts and Harold Scott and comes from The Sphere of 3rd December 1921.


Photographs

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4
Dates of Creation 1920-1926

Photographs of The Painted Swan

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4/1
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 2 photographs

Scope and Content

These photos by Bertram Park show the sets Act I&III and Act II of "The Painted Swan".


Photographs of Low tide

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4/2
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 2 photographs

Scope and Content

These photographs by Sasha show the scenes of Low Tide.


Photograph of Home affairs

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4/3
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

Claude Rains as prime minister offers a fight in cabinet room. This photo is taken by Sasha.


Photograph of At Mrs Beams

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4/4
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

This photo shows the set by Stage Photo Company. The set is the broading house for the first performance at the Everyman theatre and transferred to the Royalty theatre.


Photograph of The Man of Destiny

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4/5
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 1 photograph

Photograph of Romeo and Juliet

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4/6
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 1 photograph

Photograph of Arms and the Man

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/74/2/4/7
Dates of Creation 1920-1926
Physical Description 1 photograph

Scope and Content

This photograph by Bertram Park shows Raina's bedroom. This can be compared with with Romeo and Juliet in which the permanent arch-set is used.