Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS501
TitlePlay scripts relating to Noël Coward
Extent3 items
Date[c 1911-c 1950]
DescriptionA collection of three typescripts of plays relating to Noël Coward comprising bound typescript copies of 'South Sea Bubble' and Lila Field's 'The Goldfish'. Also includes loose typescript sheets of Noël Coward's 'Hands Across the Sea', signed by the author.
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Administrative HistoryItems /1 and /2 carry the bookplate of Herbert Schimmel. Schimmel was a New York collector, mainly interested in Art Nouveau and the artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. His nephew, Paul Schimmel, is a renound curator of modern art.

Item /1 carries the label of John (Jack) C. Wilson (1899-1961). Wilson was a producer and director. He was in a relationship with Noël Coward during the 1920s and was also Coward's manager from the early 1930s to the mid 1950s. In 1934, Wilson, Coward, Lynn Fontaine and Alfred Lunt established Transatlantic Productions, with exclusive production rights to Coward's plays in the United States.

Sources: Philip Hoare, Noël Coward: a biography 1995; International Art and Culture; Guide to the John C. Wilson Theater Collection on Noël Coward GEN MSS 608
Custodial HistoryThis item was formerly part of the Herbert Schimmel Noël Coward and Ivor Novello collections. Its wrapper bears the bookplate of Herbert Schimmel
AcquisitionPurchased from Bertram Rota, Catalogue 291, 1999, lot 414
Archival NotePapers arranged and described by Beth Cutts, January 2017, in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; and in-house cataloguing guidelines.
Related MaterialArchive collections relating to Noël Coward, and held at the Cadbury Research Library, include:

Noël Coward Collection: papers, 1911-2000. Finding Number: COW;
Papers relating to Noël Coward: papers, [20th century]. Finding Number: MS69;
Material relating to Lila Field's 'The Goldfish': papers, 1911. Finding Number: MS158;
Correspondence sent to Claude Ray relating to Noël Coward: papers, [mid-20th century]. Finding Number: MS188;
Papers of Gladys Calthrop: correspondence, 1927-1979. Finding Number: MS201;
Noël Coward Theatre Programmes: programmes, 1913-1991. Finding Number: MS491;
Gladys Calthrop costume drawings: framed drawings, 1934. Finding Number: MS492;
Noël Coward Posters: posters, 1968-1986. Finding Number: MS497;
Noël Coward and Ivor Novello Cuttings: newspaper and magazine cuttings, 1943-1996. Finding Number: MS498;
Patricia Hollender Collection: correspondence, 1951-1978. Finding Number: MS500;
Play scripts relating to Noël Coward: scripts, [c 1911-c 1950]. Finding Number: MS501;
Images of Noël Coward: images, [1920s-1970s]. Finding Number: MS502;
Noël Coward's 'Present Laughter', typescript for radio adaptation: script, [1956]. Finding Number: MS788;
Photographs of Noël Coward and friends, [1920s-1930s]. Finding Number: MS987.