Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS110
TitleVolume of playbills and programmes
Extent1 volume
Date1842-late 19th cent
DescriptionVolume containing playbills, theatre, concert and opera programmes and associated printed material, mostly performed at London venues but also at venues in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Many of the programmes are undated. However, in the publication by Clement Scott, 'The Drama of Yesterday & Today' (London: Macmillan & Co, 1899) there is an appendix which comprises an alphabetical list of important plays produced in London between 1830 (the end of Genest's History) to the close of the century. This listing gives the date of the opening performance and the name of the theatre where the play was performed and so where identification has been possible, details of such dates have been incorporated in square brackets into the description.
ArrangementThere is no discernible order to the way the material has been bound. Each item has been catalogued at item level.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionSome playbills are printed on crepe paper (see MS110/98 and MS110/99). Some items appear to have been cut out of this volume (between MS110/111 and MS110/112).
Administrative HistoryThe compiler of the volume is unknown.
Custodial HistoryThis volume was accessioned as University Library book no. 566862 and its contents were formerly numbered 6022-6336 and incorporated into a collection called the Theatre Collection. The volume has now been identified as an acquisition unconnected with the Theatre Collection and its contents have now been catalogued as a discrete collection.
AcquisitionPurchased from S. Crowe, May 1964.
Archival NotePapers initially described during 2002. Additional work completed by Mark Eccleston, December 2010.
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds other personal and artificial collections of theatre playbills, programmes, newscuttings and associated materials. These smaller collections, which were formerly incorporated into the Theatre Collection, include the following:

Theatre Collection, MS38;
Heron-Allen album of playbills, MS107;
Colyer-Fergusson albums, MS108;
The Williams Theatre collection, MS109;
Volume of playbills, MS110;
Album of programmes, MS111;
Louis Cohen Collection, MS112;
The Kemp album, MS113;
Volume of Shakespearian souvenirs and programmes, MS114;
Album of presscuttings, photographs and theatre programmes, MS808;
Theatre programmes, MS897;
Birmingham Repertory Theatre programmes, MS934,
Theatre programmes collected by Andrew Leigh, MS937;
Collection of miscellaneous theatre programmes, playbills, and related items, MS939;
Regional theatre programmes: artificial collection, MS991;
Theatre programmes and ephemera, MS1016;
Theatre programmes, MS1035;
Scrapbook for the 1912 production of 'Twelfth Night', MS1058;
Ephemera relating to Victoria Wood, MS1061;
Theatre programme of 1912 production of 'Twelfth Night', MS1062.


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