Organisations

This is a non-exhaustive list of archives from Theatre Companies and other Theatrical Organisations in our collection, and more can be found by exploring our catalogue via the advanced search option.

Theatre CompaniesDescription
Bath Theatre Royal Collection of programmes, playbills, posters and photographs relating to performances at the Bath Theatre Royal. The collection dates from 1922 and is particularly strong from the 1970s onwards.
Bristol Old Vic Company Archive of the Bristol Old Vic Company, based at the Theatre Royal, Bristol, from 1946 onwards.
Desperate Men Archive of the Bristol-based alternative street theatre company Desperate Men, founded in 1980. Contains a wide range of production, marketing and administrative materials.
Gog Theatre Company Papers of the Gog Theatre Company, a cooperative based in Street and then Glastonbury from 1981 - 1994 who used performance and workshops in theatre, dance, video and circus to enact a commitment to multi-cultural education. 
Medieval Players, The Archive of the professional touring venture The Medieval Players (1980 - 1993) who worked with a number of plays from the English and Continental Medieval and early Renaissance repertoire.
Moving Target Archive of the Moving Target theatre company (1984 - 1996), whose aim was to focus on new work written and directed by women.
Old Vic (London) The Old Vic Theatre London archive 1818 - 1963, incorporating the business archive of The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (RVHF), a charity which owned The Old Vic Theatre London from 1891 - 1982.
Osiris Repertory Company Archive of the Osiris Repertory Company, which began in the 1920s but flourished as a touring company during WW2. This collection also holds records related to founder Nancy Hewins, and to its sideline as a Costume Hire Company.
Playwright's Company, The Archive of The Playwright's Company founded by ACH Smith in Bristol in 1978, including minutes, newsletters, news cuttings and printed ephemera.
Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (RVHF), The Since 1982, the RVHF has had no legal or administrative connection to the modern Old Vic theatre, but is a body which awards annual grants to smaller scale professional theatre projects based in London. This collection contains legal and financial documentation related to the running of the charity and its affiliated bodies post 1982.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) Papers relating to the business and productions of the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory theatre company, founded in Southville, Bristol in 2000.
Shoestring Theatre Company Papers relating to Shoestring Theatre Company (1989 - 1996) which specialised in performances of Greek and Roman drama.
Show of Strength Theatre Company Archive of the Show of Strength Theatre Company, co-founded by Creative Producer Sheila Hannon in Bristol in 1986.
Suspect Culture Suspect Culture was an experimental theatre company founded in 1992 by theatremakers who met at Bristol University. It was based in Glasgow between 1993 and 2009.
Theatre Roundabout Theatre Roundabout was a unique touring company which specialised in religious theatre and dramatisations of classic novels (1961 - 2008). 
Welfare State International The Archive of the arts organisation Welfare State International (1968 - 2006). It was a loose association of freelance artists who later became well known for large-scale outdoor spectacular events, and for the founding of the Lanterhouse in Ulverston, Cumbria.
Women's Playhouse Trust (WPT) Archive of the Theatre Company The Women's Playhouse Trust (WPT, 1981 - 2013). It also incorporates the archive of The Wapping Project (the arts organisation that the WPT morphed into), and of Jules Wright (1948 - 2015), the dynamic Australian Theatre Director who co-founded both and is the main thread of continuity between them.
Other Theatrical OrganisationsDescription
Critics' Circle, The Archive of The Critics' Circle, including membership information, annual dinners and awards, AGMs, correspondence and printed material produced by the organisation, 1913 - present day.
Gallery First Nighters' Club, The Papers of the London-based theatrical social club The Gallery First Nighters' Club, established in 1896 and closed in 1997.
Hope Centre Community Association Posters, publicity material, reviews, programmes, from the Hope Centre community arts centre in Hotwells, Bristol 1978 - 2000.
National Student Drama Festival (NDSF) The NSDF Archive is composed of material from the annual National Student Drama Festivals since 1958. It includes issues of the NSDF student magazine Noises Off, scripts (including from the International Student Playscript Competition entries), and marketing material.
Royal Theatrical Fund Archive of the Royal Theatrical Fund (incorporating the Covent Garden Theatrical Fund) from its constitution in 1839 to the present day.
University of Bristol Department of Drama Archive of the University of Bristol's Department of Drama, founded in 1947 as the first of its kind in the UK by scholar and theatre director, Professor Glynne Wickham. Contains administrative paperwork and material related to productions staged at The Wickham Theatre (production paperwork, posters, programmes, photographs and scripts).
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