Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Drama Department: Tour Files, 1942-1960
Reference: ACGB/37
Extent: 67 folders

Context

In the early 1940s, the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA) sent touring theatre productions to munitions and industrial hostels throughout England and Wales as well as to halls in mining areas. At the end of the war, it seemed to the Council that these tours would no longer be needed and so the initiative was halted. After a year without touring product, there were calls for theatre tours from people living in isolated areas, mainly in Wales and north-eastern England. In 1947, the practice of sending out tours was re-started by the Arts Council in association with the Miners’ Welfare Association. At first, these Arts Council tours of theatreless areas were undertaken by companies specially created and financed for the purpose. From 1955, however, the Council invited independent managements to provide touring companies for which it would continue to take financial responsibility.

Scope and content

This series incorporates Drama Department series ACGB/T and two boxes of material that were not labelled ACGB/T but have very similar contents. It includes production programmes dating from the period when the CEMA was overseeing tours as well as statistical and / or touring policy documents and details of specific touring productions. The files concerning statistics and / or policy have been listed first. These typically contain balance sheets, correspondence, internal memos and reports, reference material and tour schedules. Next come files concerning specific productions, which typically contain cast lists and biographies, details about receiving houses and local accommodation, details of grants and / or guarantees, itineraries, printed publicity material, newspaper cuttings and show reports. In this group, there are also files that hold the statements of account for these (and other) touring productions. The non-ACGB/T material is listed last.

The files in this series are arranged chronologically within each of the three distinct groups identified above: statistical and / or policy documents, touring productions and / or production returns, and non-ACGB/T material.

Access

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Restrictions on access

Access to some unpublished material may be restricted and requests for access can take up to 20 working days to be processed. When applying for access, it is helpful if you can quote the reference number, title and covering dates of the file(s) in question. For very large requests you are advised to contact us to discuss your requirements. All requests should be sent by e-mail to archive@vam.ac.uk or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.


Detailed catalogue

Reference Description Dates
ACGB/37/9 CEMA and ACGB Production Programmes
1 folder
ca. 1945-1959
ACGB/37/25 Weekly Returns Summaries
1 folder
1950-1952
This file contains the returns summaries for Othello, The Devil's Disciple, Crime Passionnel, Twelfth Night, Man and Superman, and His Excellency.
ACGB/37/4 Tour Reports
1 folder
1950-1953
ACGB/37/24 Company Address Lists
1 folder
1950-1954
This file contains lists of contact details for theatre company members during various tours, including Crime Passionnel, His Excellency, The Merchant of Venice and The Playboy of the Western World. It also contains salary lists for The Playboy of the Western World, Twelfth Night, Man and Superman, Othello and The Devil’s Disciple.
ACGB/37/14 Drama Tour Statistics
1 folder
1951-1960
ACGB/37/11 Autumn Play Tour Suggestions
1 folder
1956
ACGB/37/12 English Touring Policy
1 folder
1959-1960
ACGB/37/2 File on Othello
1 folder
1950
ACGB/37/21 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Othello
1 folder
1950
ACGB/37/3 File on Twelfth Night
1 folder
1951
ACGB/37/20 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Twelfth Night
1 folder
1951
ACGB/37/19 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Crime Passionnel
1 folder
1951
ACGB/37/22 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Man and Superman
1 folder
1951
This file also contains press cuttings, including theatre reviews.
ACGB/37/23 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for His Excellency
1 folder
1952
ACGB/37/26 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Macbeth
1 folder
1952
ACGB/37/8 File on Pygmalion
2 folders
1953-1954
ACGB/37/5 File on The Duenna
2 folders
1954
ACGB/37/17 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Pygmalion / The Duenna
1 folder
1954
ACGB/37/7 File on Hamlet
2 folders
1954-1955
ACGB/37/6 File on The Empty Chair
9 folders
1954-1956
Access to material contained in one folder may be restricted until 2037.
ACGB/37/1 File on As You Like It
2 folders
1955-1956
ACGB/37/13 File on Romeo and Juliet / Romanoff and Juliet
6 folders
1958
ACGB/37/18 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Romeo and Juliet / Romanoff and Juliet
1 folder
1958
ACGB/37/15 File on The Winter's Tale / Peer Gynt
6 folders
1958-1960
ACGB/37/16 Correspondence on The Winter's Tale / Peer Gynt
1 folder
1959
ACGB/37/10 File on Five Finger Exercise
2 folders
1960-1961
ACGB/37/40 CEMA and ACGB Production Programmes
2 folders
1942-1946
ACGB/37/27 CEMA and ACGB Production Programmes
1 folder
1942-1961
ACGB/37/33 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for The Playboy of the Western World
1 folder
1949
ACGB/37/31 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Eight Bells
1 folder
1949
ACGB/37/39 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for The Devil's Disciple
1 folder
1950
ACGB/37/32 Accommodation Lists
1 folder
1951-1952
ACGB/37/28 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for His Excellency
1 folder
1952
ACGB/37/34 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Macbeth
1 folder
1952
ACGB/37/43 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for The Rivals
1 folder
1953
This file also contains salary lists, details of local accommodation, production budgets and press cuttings.
ACGB/37/29 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for The Merchant of Venice
1 folder
1953
ACGB/37/36 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for The Duenna
1 folder
1954
ACGB/37/42 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for Hamlet
1 folder
1955
ACGB/37/35 Drama Advisory Committee: Correspondence
1 folder
1955
ACGB/37/38 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for The Empty Chair
1 folder
1956
ACGB/37/41 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for She Stoops to Conquer / Look Back in Anger
1 folder
1957
ACGB/37/37 Touring Arrangements
1 folder
1958-1959
ACGB/37/30 Tour Returns and Statements of Account for The Winter's Tale / Peer Gynt
1 folder
1959