All theatre-based collections held by the Theatre Collection are listed below. Not all of our collections are catalogued but they may still be accessed in person.

How we organise our collections

Our holdings are split into three main sections:


This covers the traditional theatre based archives (from 1572 to the present day) and material, including actors, directors, managers, designers, theatre companies, photographers etc. – anything which feeds into the process of putting theatre on the stage and recording it.

This incorporates the Mander & Mitchenson Collection and the Women’s Theatre Collection.

Live Art

This covers live and performance art from the 1960s to the present day. It incorporates a range of material including extensive a/v material from the National Review of Live Art festival, archives of organisations such as greenroom, companies such as Bodies in Flight and individual artists such as Franko B and Alastair Snow.


We hold over 20,000 books and more than 300 journal titles which are available on open access in our reference library. Our rare books (pre-1900, fragile and limited editions) are kept in our archive strong rooms and are available on request.

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