Drury Lane Theatre Archive - New Renter's Trustees

Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers relating to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane-New Renter's Trustees from 1812 to 1892. In 1809 the thearte burnt down when it was under the ownership of Richard Brinsley Sheriden (1751-1816), who was subsequently granted permission for it to be rebuilt in 1812. In order to raise funds to rebuild the theatre Renter Shares were sold, once the theatre was complete and productions were running the share owners received dividends of a pre-fixed amount from the income generated by performances.


The collection is organised into the following series:

  • THM/102/1 Legal Papers
  • THM/102/2 Administrative Papers
  • THM/102/3 Financial Papers

Access Information

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information


Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.


No further accruals to this collection are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to Theatre Royal, Drury Lane may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.