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Theatre Collection The Herbert Beerbohm Tree Archive

Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Svengali in Trilby

The Herbert Beerbohm Tree (HBT) Archive comprises the business and production records for Hebert Beerbohm Tree’s productions at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Her Majesty's theatres plus tours within the UK and abroad. As well as providing information about the productions themselves , the archive provides a full and detailed insight into the process of running a successful theatre during the period 1887-1917.

It contains financial and administrative papers and 65 volumes of press cuttings, as well as prompt books, photographs, scripts, plots, scores, designs architectural plans, programmes and business correspondence.

The archive contains more than 10,000 items and over 9,300 of these have now been catalogued (HBT/) and can be searched online at

A full list of the catalogued contents is available.

Following Beerbohm Tree’s death the archive was put in store by his executors and so it remains remarkably complete. It was subsequently loaned to V&A as part of the Enthoven Collection before being purchased by the Theatre Collection in 1973 with assistance from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

For further information about the Theatre Collection please tel. 0117 331 5086 (daytime) or email