Theatre and Performance Archives

Keith's Contract, Taney; Roshier; Arthur; Frost, 1874

Keith's Contract, Taney; Roshier; Arthur; Frost, 1874

Archives held in the Theatre and Performance collections

The V&A Theatre and Performance collections include many archives from performing arts companies and other organisations, as well as from individuals such as performers, stage designers and private collectors.

The archives reflect the subject areas of theatre and performance as a whole. Particular strengths are the archives of key theatres, theatre and dance companies, 20th century stage designers, actors and directors, photographers and government bodies such as the Arts Council.

Typically, they may contain a wide range of materials such as diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, business papers, newspaper cuttings, and designs or sketches.

Accessing the archives in person

The V&A Theatre and Performance Collections archives can be accessed in the reading room at Blythe House in Kensington Olympia. You will need to make an appointment by contacting TMenquiries@vam.ac.uk

Discovering theatre and performance archives

All the archives are catalogued at the broadest level on the National Art Library online library catalogue.

The following theatre and performance archive catalogues are available online:

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Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays (Hardback)

Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays (Hardback)

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Event - Theatre and Performance Galleries Tour

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