Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Touring Drama: Touring Officer's files, 1971-1987
Reference: ACGB/96
Extent: 245 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 Arts 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 absorbed within a new Regional Department. The next restructuring took place in 1985/86. After this date, Touring was once again re-established as a separate department.

Scope and content

The records in this series belonged to Ruth Marks, who was one of the Drama Touring Officers and later the Assistant Touring Director. They date from the initial phase of the Touring Department, in the 1970s, through the mid-1980s, when Touring was taken over by the Regional Department, and reflect the re-establishment of the Touring Department after 1986. The majority of files concern individual theatre companies or theatre buildings and, unless otherwise stated, they contain most or all of the following items: correspondence, grant applications, capital grant applications for 'Housing the Arts' projects, show reports, reports on companies and / or buildings, tour budgets and details of projected tours. Many also contain printed publicity material and / or national press reviews and tour contracts; a few contain architectural plans and / or photographs. A smaller group of files (listed towards the end of the catalogue) includes material on / from organisations, committees and initiatives.

The files in this series that relate to touring companies and / or theatres are arranged alphabetically; the theatres represented here being arranged by geographic location first and then by theatre name. The files that follow are arranged thematically.

Access

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Restrictions on access

Access to unpublished material less than 30 years old may be restricted and requests for access can take up to 20 working days to be processed.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/96/102 Acclaim Productions
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/117 Actors Company
1 folder
1976-1981
ACGB/96/159 Actors Touring Company
1 folder
1983-1986
ACGB/96/123 Aldeburgh Festival
1 folder
1981
ACGB/96/116 Aldersgate Productions
1 folder
1978-1981
ACGB/96/155 Armand Gerrard Management
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/163 Arts Admin
1 folder
1981-1984
ACGB/96/101 B&B Productions
1 folder
1980-1981
ACGB/96/119 Bath: Theatre Royal
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/96/169 Belt & Braces
1 folder
1978-1980
ACGB/96/118 Billingham: Forum Theatre
1 folder
1981-1982
ACGB/96/151 Bill Kenwright Productions
1 folder
1981
ACGB/96/127 Birmingham: Hippodrome
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/121 Birmingham Repertory Company
1 folder
1977-1984
ACGB/96/138 Blackpool: Grand Theatre Trust
1 folder
1980-1982
ACGB/96/168 Black Theatre Co-operative
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/165 Bradford: Alhambra Theatre
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/164 Brighton Theatre Company
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/167 Bristol Express Theatre Company
1 folder
1981-1984
ACGB/96/166 Bristol Little Theatre Company
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/170 Bubble Theatre Company
1 folder
1978-1984
ACGB/96/171 Burnt Bridges
1 folder
1984
ACGB/96/178 Cambridge Theatre Company
3 folders
1975-1984
ACGB/96/129 Canterbury: Theatre Buildings in Canterbury / Housing the Arts
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/132 Carlisle: Sands Leisure Centre / Housing the Arts
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/172 Centre Ocean Stream
1 folder
1982-1984
ACGB/96/100 Century Theatre Company
2 folders
1981-1984
ACGB/96/173 Channel Theatre Trust Ltd
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/11 Charles Vance Productions
1 folder
1980-1984
ACGB/96/152 Cheek by Jowl
1 folder
1980-1983
Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2053.
ACGB/96/145 Cherub Theatre Company
1 folder
1978-1983
ACGB/96/140 The Chipping Norton Theatre Company
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/134 Cliff Hanger Theatre Company
1 folder
1979-1984
ACGB/96/96 Compass Theatre
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/144 Court Theatre Company
1 folder
1976-1983
ACGB/96/126 Coventry: Belgrade Theatre
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/131 Crewe: Lyceum Theatre: Show Reports and Correspondence
1 folder
1980-1982
ACGB/96/107 Croydon Alternatives
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/41 Crucible Theatre Company (Crucible Theatre Trust)
1 folder
1976-1983
ACGB/96/106 Cunning Stunts
1 folder
1978-1981
ACGB/96/108 CV1 Theatre Company
1 folder
1978-1982
ACGB/96/87 David Jones
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/160 David Kirk Productions
1 folder
1982-1985
ACGB/96/99 E&B Productions
2 folders
1980-1983
ACGB/96/109 East West Theatre Company
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/96/74 Exeter: Northcott Theatre
1 folder
1980-1985
ACGB/96/110 Extraordinary Productions (previously Les Oeufs Malades)
1 folder
1980-1984
This file contains extracts from show songs on LP.
ACGB/96/111 Flying Tortoise
1 folder
1980-1984
ACGB/96/112 Foco Novo
1 folder
1973-1983
ACGB/96/113 Footsbarn Travelling Theatre
1 folder
1979-1984
ACGB/96/149 Full Steam Ahead Productions
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/19 Gay Sweatshop
1 folder
1975-1984
ACGB/96/21 Graeae Theatre Company
1 folder
1982-1984
ACGB/96/18 Grand Union
2 folders
1981-1985
ACGB/96/29 Great Eastern Stage
1 folder
1978-1983
ACGB/96/135 Hammersmith: Lyric Theatre
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/130 Hanley: Theatre Royal
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/141 Hayes: Alfred Beck Theatre
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/125 Hereford: Nell Gwynne Theatre
1 folder
1982-1984
ACGB/96/16 Hesitate & Demonstrate
1 folder
1981-1982
ACGB/96/154 Hiss & Boo
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/120 Horseshoe Theatre Company
1 folder
1971-1984
ACGB/96/161 Howard & Patrick Ltd
1 folder
1981-1982
ACGB/96/124 Hull: New Theatre
1 folder
1982-1984
ACGB/96/13 Hull Truck Theatre Company
1 folder
1972-1982
ACGB/96/93 Incubus Theatre Company
1 folder
1971-1983
ACGB/96/94 Interim Theatre Company
2 folders
1975-1984
ACGB/96/88 IOU Theatre
1 folder
1977-1983
ACGB/96/142 Ipswich: Gaumont
1 folder
1981-1982
ACGB/96/146 Jackal Productions
1 folder
1976-1981
ACGB/96/133 Jill Freud & Company
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/90 Joint Stock
1 folder
1976-1981
ACGB/96/89 Kabooodle
1 folder
1979-1983
ACGB/96/143 LAD Theatrical Productions
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/96/4 Lancaster Orbit Ltd
1 folder
1975-1983
ACGB/96/147 Leeds: Grand Theatre and Opera House
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/45 Les Oeufs Malades
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/136 Liverpool: Empire Theatre
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/137 Liverpool: Court Theatre
1 folder
1973-1976
ACGB/96/156 London Comedy Company
1 folder
1984
ACGB/96/80 London International Festival of Theatre
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/96/115 London Theatre Group
1 folder
1977-1980
ACGB/96/157 Lowland Productions
1 folder
1981-1982
ACGB/96/86 Lumiere & Sons
1 folder
1975-1983
ACGB/96/97 Major Road
1 folder
1976-1981
Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2059.
ACGB/96/181 Mark Furness (Barbara Plays Ltd)
1 folder
1978-1979
ACGB/96/103 Medieval Players
2 folders
1980-1983
ACGB/96/105 Mermaid Molecule Theatre
1 folder
1983
ACGB/96/6 Michael Redington (Tillymic Productions Ltd /Maunsel Productions)
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/71 Middlesbrough: Little Theatre
1 folder
1980
ACGB/96/46 Millstream
1 folder
1979-1982
ACGB/96/23 Monstrous Regiment
1 folder
1976-1981
ACGB/96/24 Mrs Worthington's Daughters
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/128 National Theatre Company
4 folders
1980-1985
ACGB/96/47 National Theatre of Brent
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/58 New Brewd Theatre Company
1 folder
1983
ACGB/96/73 Newbury: Arts Workshop
1 folder
1978-1981
ACGB/96/72 File labelled 'Newcastle: Theatre Royal'
1 folder
1982-1983
This file contains material relating to the ACGB's 'Housing the Arts' Scheme and, more specifically, to theatre building projects for London (Old Vic and Sadler's Wells), Newark, Newcastle, Northumberland, Oxford, Swansea, Wakefield and Wolverhampton as well as a report on theatre provision in Scotland and areas of England by Theatrefacts.
ACGB/96/158 Newpalm Productions
1 folder
1983
ACGB/96/1 New Shakespeare Company
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/36 The New Theatre
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/96/3 New Vic Theatre Company
2 folders
1980-1984
ACGB/96/79 Northampton: Theatre Royal / Housing the Arts
1 folder
1981-1982
ACGB/96/48 Northern Studio Theatre
1 folder
1983
ACGB/96/69 Norwich: Theatre Royal
1 folder
1979-1982
ACGB/96/5 Norwich: Theatre Royal Productions
1 folder
1976-1984
ACGB/96/64 Nottingham Playhouse Company
1 folder
1976-1983
ACGB/96/44 Orchard Theatre
1 folder
1971-1982
ACGB/96/153 Oxford Playhouse Company (Anvil Productions)
3 folders
1976-1983
ACGB/96/43 Paines Plough
2 folders
1975-1982
ACGB/96/177 Pip Simmons Theatre Group
1 folder
1972-1983
ACGB/96/68 Plymouth: Palace Theatre
1 folder
1981-1984
Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2065.
ACGB/96/67 Plymouth: Theatre Royal
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/174 Polka Children's Theatre
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/66 Poole: Arts Centre
1 folder
1980-1982
ACGB/96/8 Portman Theatrical Productions
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/65 Portsmouth: King's Theatre and Theatre Royal
1 folder
1977-1983
ACGB/96/175 Rat Theatre / Mouse Children's Theatre (Rodent Arts Trust)
1 folder
1974-1982
ACGB/96/176 Rational Theatre
1 folder
1983
ACGB/96/186 Red Ladder
1 folder
1976-1977
ACGB/96/7 Reunion Theatre Company
1 folder
1981
ACGB/96/95 Richard Denning Productions
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/150 Robert Fox Productions
1 folder
1983-1984
ACGB/96/76 Royal Exchange Theatre Company and Mobile Theatre Unit
1 folder
1981-1984
ACGB/96/50 Royal Shakespeare Company
8 folders
1976-1984
The first two folders in this file contain general correspondence, tour plans and budgets (1976-1980); the remaining folders concern the following: RSC Newcastle Tour (1980-1981), RSC Scottish Tour (1981), RSC Contracts (1976), RSC Small Tour (1979-1980), RSC Middle-Scale Tours, and RSC Small-Scale Tours (1980-1981).
ACGB/96/114 Royal Shakespeare Company: National Tour Plans and Annual Reports
2 folders
1981-1984
ACGB/96/42 Scarborough: Futurist Theatre
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/2 Scottish Theatre Company
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/183 7:84 Theatre Company
1 folder
1977-1982
ACGB/96/9 Shared Experience
1 folder
1976-1983
ACGB/96/39 Sheffield: Lyceum Theatre
1 folder
1981-1986
ACGB/96/182 Siren Theatre Company
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/62 The Sir Nicholas Sekers Theatre at Rosehill
1 folder
1981
ACGB/96/53 Southampton: Nuffield Theatre
1 folder
1976-1983
ACGB/96/139 South Hill Park Arts Centre (Bracknell)
1 folder
1980-1984
ACGB/96/57 Sunderland: Empire Theatre
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/96/60 Swindon: Wyvern Theatre
1 folder
1981-1984
ACGB/96/180 Tara Arts
1 folder
1985-1987
ACGB/96/59 Taunton: Odeon
1 folder
1980-1983
ACGB/96/179 Temba Theatre Company
1 folder
1981-1987
ACGB/96/148 Terence Frisby Productions
1 folder
1982-1984
ACGB/96/187 Theatre Centre
1 folder
1984-1985
ACGB/96/38 Theatre-in-the-Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre-in-the-Round Company)
1 folder
1976-1982
ACGB/96/17 Theatre North
1 folder
1980-1981
ACGB/96/188 Theatre of Pneumatic Art
1 folder
1979-1982
ACGB/96/185 Theatre of Thelema
1 folder
1982
ACGB/96/34 Theatre Roundabout
1 folder
1976-1983
ACGB/96/37 Theatro Technis
1 folder
1984-1987
ACGB/96/12 Tigerwise
1 folder
1982-1984
ACGB/96/35 Top Floor Productions
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/96/14 Triumph Theatre Productions
4 folders
1976-1984
ACGB/96/40 Tynewear Theatre Company
1 folder
1979-1984
ACGB/96/20 Vagabond Theatre Productions
1 folder
1980-1981
ACGB/96/10 Whirligig Theatre
2 folders
1976-1984
ACGB/96/52 Wimbledon Theatre
1 folder
1974-1982
ACGB/96/63 Wolverhampton: Grand Theatre
1 folder
1982-1983
Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2064.
ACGB/96/33 Women's Theatre Group
1 folder
1978-1984
ACGB/96/92 Young Vic Theatre Company
2 folders
1976-1983
ACGB/96/162 One-Person Shows
2 folders
1975-1984
This file contains general information, show reports, publicity material and correspondence.
ACGB/96/91 Touring Plans (Various Companies)
1 folder
1978-1984
This file contains correspondence, grant applications, show reports, publicity material, tour plans and budgets.Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2049.
ACGB/96/184 Small-Scale Drama Touring Drama (Various Companies and Theatres)
1 folder
1980-1984
This file contains correspondence, grant applications, show reports, publicity material, tour plans and budgets.
ACGB/96/98 Touring Musicals (Various)
1 folder
1981-1983
This file contains correspondence, grant applications, show reports, tour plans and budgets.
ACGB/96/75 Touring Drama
1 folder
1978-1984
This file contains reports, minutes and correspondence.
ACGB/96/56 Touring Policy and Schemes
1 folder
1980-1983
This file contains mainly articles, correspondence and reports.
ACGB/96/54 Touring Committee
1 folder
1980-1983
This file contains mainly reports, minutes, correspondence and articles.
ACGB/96/55 Touring Advisory Committee Working Party
1 folder
1981-1982
This file contains mainly reports, minutes and articles.
ACGB/96/51 Touring Sub-Committee
4 folders
1982-1984
This file contains reports, minutes, correspondence, touring agendas, tour budgets and articles.
ACGB/96/32 Touring Officers' Subsidy Meetings
8 folders
1981-1982
This file contains minutes from meetings.
ACGB/96/15 Touring Officers' Subsidy Meetings
7 folders
1982-1983
This file contains minutes from meetings.
ACGB/96/22 Touring Officers' Subsidy Meetings
3 folders
1983-1984
This file contains minutes from meetings.
ACGB/96/31 Council of Regional Arts Associations
1 folder
1981
This file contains mainly correspondence, budgets and articles.
ACGB/96/28 Regional Arts Associations: Small-Scale Touring Dance and Mime
1 folder
1980-1982
This file contains correspondence, grant applications, show reports, publicity material, tour plans and budgets.
ACGB/96/30 Welsh Arts Council
1 folder
1981-1983
This file contains grant applications, reports and correspondence.
ACGB/96/27 Scottish Arts Council
1 folder
1982-1983
This file contains mainly minutes, budgets and correspondence.
ACGB/96/49 Regional Arts Associations: Grid and Circuit Events and Allocations
8 folders
1980-1984
This file contains mainly correspondence, reports, company returns, grant applications and offers relating to arts centres included in the regional touring grid and / or companies funded under the regional touring circuit scheme.
ACGB/96/104 Grid and Circuit Schemes
6 folders
1976-1984
This file contains summaries of the schemes for a regional touring grid and regional touring circuit as well as company returns, grant applications and offers.
ACGB/96/61 Housing the Arts
1 folder
1981-1982
This file contains correspondence and applications relating to various theatre building projects.
ACGB/96/25 Housing the Arts
1 folder
1981-1983
This file contains applications for capital grants relating to various theatre building projects.
ACGB/96/85 Housing the Arts
1 folder
1983
This file contains correspondence and architectural plans relating to various theatre building projects.
ACGB/96/26 Visiting Arts Unit / Promoting International Theatre
1 folder
1980-1984
This file contains mainly financial statements, minutes and reports.
ACGB/96/81 Women in Entertainment / Equal Opportunities Commission
1 folder
1980-1983
This file contains correspondence about 'Women in Entertainment' and details of initiatives to promote women's theatre projects. It also contains small amounts of material relating to other matters, including correspondence and reports on technical facilities inside regional touring theatres.
ACGB/96/77 Independent Theatre Council
1 folder
1981-1984
This file contains mainly correspondence and minutes from meetings.
ACGB/96/82 Theatre Investment Fund
1 folder
1982-1983
This file contains mainly reports, correspondence and one press release.
ACGB/96/83 The Theatres Trust
1 folder
1981-1983
This file contains annual reports and minutes from meetings.
ACGB/96/78 Theatrical Management Association / Theatres National Committee
1 folder
1981-1984
This file contains contracts and correspondence.
ACGB/96/70 Touring Enquiries
1 folder
1982-1983
This file contains mainly letters from individuals to Ruth Marks and Hilary Bruce (Touring Assistant).
Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2014.
ACGB/96/84 Individuals' Employment References
1 folder
1975-1984
Access to material contained in this file may be restricted until 2065.