Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Touring Department: Performance Administration, 1969-1989
Reference: ACGB/93
Extent: 108 folders

Context

The Arts Council's commitment to touring productions of ballet, theatre and opera dates from its earliest days, when it inherited the war-time work of the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA). In 1970, the Council took over the formerly independent Dramatic and Lyric Theatre Association (DALTA) and appointed its director, Jack Phipps, to run a scheme to organise the touring of opera, ballet and drama. Initially, the touring scheme was known as DALTA. By 1973/74, it was being run by the Regional Department and the name DALTA was gradually replaced with 'Arts Council Touring'. In 1975/76, the Regional Department was disbanded and a separate Touring Department was formed. This department existed until 1979/80, when Touring was once again absorbed within a new Regional Department. The next restructuring took place in 1985/86. After this date, Touring was re-established as a separate department.

Scope and content

This series ranges from the early days of DALTA to the final re-establishment of the Touring Department. The series contains files originally labelled with the distinctive reference code "ACT-TC" (Arts Council Touring - [probably] Touring Companies). Although the DALTA files were unmarked, it is probable that they were also part of the ACT-TC group and these files have therefore been marked as "Previous ref: probably ACT-TC." Elsewhere in the series, some of the previous references were indistinguishable and the reference that appears beneath one of these file titles is preceded by the word "possibly" to differentiate it from files where the previous reference is known. The files reveal the detailed administration involved in overseeing touring productions in opera, dance and drama to cities and towns across England, Scotland and Wales. There is a particular emphasis on seat pricing structures for touring productions. The files contain a large number of tour confirmation sheets and returns sheets. Typically, they also contain contracts, correspondence, production flyers, and reports on marketing and seat pricing. Occasionally, files contain company itineraries, minutes from subsidy meetings and tour planning charts. Dance companies represented here include: Ballet Rambert, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, London Festival Ballet, Northern Ballet and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Opera companies include: English National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Kent Opera, Opera 80, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. Theatre companies include: Compass Theatre, New Vic, National Theatre Touring, Oxford Playhouse Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, Tynewear Theatre Company and Whirligig.

This series is arranged to reflect the original file references.

Access

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Detailed catalogue

Reference Description Dates
ACGB/93/1 DALTA Theatre Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1969-1970
ACGB/93/2 DALTA Theatre Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1971
ACGB/93/3 DALTA Theatre Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1971
ACGB/93/4 DALTA Theatre Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1972
ACGB/93/5 DALTA Theatre Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1971-1972
ACGB/93/6 DALTA Theatre Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1973
ACGB/93/7 DALTA Theatre Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1973
ACGB/93/8 DALTA Theatre Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1974
ACGB/93/9 DALTA Theatre Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1974
ACGB/93/10 DALTA Theatre Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1975
ACGB/93/11 DALTA Theatre Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1975
ACGB/93/15 DALTA Ballet Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1974
ACGB/93/16 DALTA Ballet Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1975
ACGB/93/17 DALTA Ballet Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1975
ACGB/93/18 DALTA Ballet Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1976
ACGB/93/19 Arts Council Touring Dance: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1976
ACGB/93/20 DALTA Ballet Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1973
ACGB/93/21 DALTA Ballet Tours: Autumn
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1973
ACGB/93/22 DALTA Ballet Tours: Spring
1 folder
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1973-1974
ACGB/93/38 Touring Schedules: Opera, Dance and Drama
2 folders
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1975-1975
ACGB/93/61 Tour Returns
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-901
1980-1981
ACGB/93/64 Tour Returns
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-902
1981-1982
ACGB/93/65 Tour Returns
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-903
1982-1983
ACGB/93/55 Tour Returns
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-904
1984
ACGB/93/25 Tour Returns
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-905
1984-1986
ACGB/93/63 Tour Returns
1 folder
Previous ref: ACT-TC-905
1985-1986
ACGB/93/67 Advance Returns / Returns
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-906
1979 &1987
ACGB/93/45 Advance Returns / Potential Grosses
3 folders
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-907
1979-1981
ACGB/93/27 Advance Returns
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-907
1987
ACGB/93/62 Advance Returns
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-908
1981-1982
ACGB/93/37 Tour Returns Summaries: Opera, Dance and Drama
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-909
1975-1984
ACGB/93/42 Tour Returns
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-909
1983-1984
ACGB/93/48 Touring Confirmation Sheets
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9010
1976-1979
ACGB/93/12 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Drama
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9011
1976
ACGB/93/13 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Drama
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9011
1976
ACGB/93/14 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Drama
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9011
1977
ACGB/93/59 Seat Prices: Opera
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9012
1973-1976
ACGB/93/51 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Opera
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9013
1976-1979
ACGB/93/29 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Opera
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9014
1979-1980
ACGB/93/30 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Opera
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9014
1979
ACGB/93/31 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Opera
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9014
1980-1981
ACGB/93/32 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Opera
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9014
1980
ACGB/93/33 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Ballet / Dance
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9015
1979
ACGB/93/34 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Ballet / Dance
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9015
1979-1980
ACGB/93/35 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Ballet / Dance
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9015
1980
ACGB/93/36 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Ballet / Dance
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9015
1980-1981
ACGB/93/58 Seat Pricing Information
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9016
1982-1986
ACGB/93/23 Tour Confirmation Sheets: Drama
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9017
1981-1986
ACGB/93/43 English National Opera / Manchester Palace File
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9017
1981-1982
ACGB/93/24 Seat Pricing Structures: Manchester Palace File
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9017
1981-1986
ACGB/93/39 Correspondence about Seat Pricing Structures
3 folders
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9018
1981-1988
ACGB/93/28 Opera Touring Working Party: Seat Pricing
1 folder
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9018
1987
ACGB/93/54 Entered Returns
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9019
1987-1988
ACGB/93/60 Confirmation Sheets / Seat Pricing
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9020
1982-1984
ACGB/93/56 Computerised Returns
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9021
1977-1985
ACGB/93/52 Seat Pricing Figures and Presentations
4 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9022
1970-1987
ACGB/93/66 File labelled "Miscellaneous / Seat Pricing Correspondence"
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9023
1982-1988
Besides material relating to seat pricing structures, this file contains reports on a variety of different issues (such as arts management training and criteria for annual revenue subsidy) as well as ticket sales analyses, correspondence and internal memos.
ACGB/93/53 Touring Information, Company Appraisals, Marketing
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9024
1982-1988
ACGB/93/26 Marketing Reports
1 folder
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9024
1987-1988
ACGB/93/47 Regional Marketing Reports
3 folders
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9025
1981-1987
This file contains Marketing Officers' reports on named venues within the following regions: Bristol / Bath, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside, Oxford Area, West Midlands, North West, North East, Solent Area, Cardiff Area, and Norwich Area.
ACGB/93/49 Seat Pricing Correspondence: Opera
3 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9026
1981-1987
ACGB/93/46 Marketing Information
2 folders
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9027
1983-1987
ACGB/93/40 Touring Activity / Touring Theatres
2 folders
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9027
1979-1986
ACGB/93/44 Data Collection for Touring Matrices
2 folders
Previous ref: possibly ACT-TC-9027
1986-1989
ACGB/93/50 Touring Confirmation Sheets: Drama
2 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9028
1977-1981
ACGB/93/57 State of Booking Charts / Seat Pricing Correspondence
4 folders
Previous ref: ACT-TC-9201
1981-1989
ACGB/93/41 Vacancy for a Touring Co-ordinator
2 folders
Previous ref: probably ACT-TC
1977-1980
Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2069.