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London: Theatres T-Z (1902-)
London: Theatres T-Z (1902-)
A collection of programmes from London theatres beginning "T" to "Z". These include programmes from concerts, film, ballet, musicals and opera.
The collection contains a number of concert programmes from the Winter Garden Theatre; these are from orchestral concerts given by the London Symphony Orchestra in 1948. The collection also contains a number of concert programmes from the Westminster Theatre Arts Centre. The majority of these are from concerts given on Sundays, chiefly from the 1960s and early 1970s and most often solo recitals or chamber music. A few programmes from Terry’s Theatre contain musical entertainments alongside the staged reviews; the music featured in these entertainments was chiefly burlesque or music parody. There are also orchestral programmes from the Trocadero theatre, given by the London Metropolitan Orchestra in 1905. There are single concert programmes from the Young Vic Theatre and the Victoria Palace Theatre.
The collection includes a number of early twentieth-century programmes from Terry’s Theatre. These typically represent staged reviews and burlesques. There is also a significant amount of material from the Winter Garden Theatre, which chiefly dates from the 1930s (the major exception being the London Symphony Orchestra concert programmes as indicated above). These programmes include performances of British staged works, for instance Merrie England (Edward German) and the premiere of Lily Maid (Rutland Boughton). There is also a substantial amount of material from the Wyndham’s theatre, Wimbledon Theatre and the Westminster Theatre.
Terry's Theatre; Trocadero, Elephant and Castle; Twentieth Century Theatre; Vaudeville Theatre; Victoria Palace Theatre; Young Vic Theatre; Webber-Douglas Theatre; Westminster Theatre; Wimbledon Theatre; Winter Garden Theatre; Wyndham Theatre; Tonybee Hall Theatre, Commercial Street.
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Royal College Of Music, Centre for Performance History
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The Portraits and Performance History Collection and its associated reading room is housed in a recently adapted space within the RCM's College Hall, its hall of residence for students.
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The Centre for Performance History (CPH) is a research centre and is also responsible for the stewardship of two well-established RCM research collections, the Museum of Instruments and the Portraits and Performance History Collection (PPHC). The latter houses a diverse collection relating to the history of performance including the RCM’s internationally famous collection of images, comprising 340 original portraits and sculptures and 25,000 prints and photographs, forming the most comprehensive archive of likenesses of musicians in the UK. The collection of 600,000 concert programmes from 1720 to the present day is of major importance for research into the history of music, society and culture.
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