The collection comprises chiefly of theatre programmes, almost half of which relate to Nottingham Playhouse, but Nottingham's Theatre Royal, Derby Playhouse, and the Royal Shakespeare Company are particularly well represented, although none have a complete sequence. Also present are advertising flyers and programmes for amateur and college productions and a small number of French productions.
Theatre programmes often feature attractive images and glossy photography on the front cover and inside. A biography of the writer or the historical background to the performance of the play may also be included. Information about the theatre is often present, such as the history, administrative structure, sponsors, a detailed list of theatre staff and advertisements for local businesses. Season brochures give a diary of performances and can be useful for dating purposes.
Also present are a folder of press releases relating to productions during the directorship of Richard Eyre, and a small number of items providing evidence of visits to the various productions, such as ticket stubbs, hotel reservation receipts, etc.