Lyston Lyle Scrapbook Collection

Scope and Content

These scrapbooks contain national newspaper, magazine and periodical cuttings relating to theatrical productions Lyle appeared in.

The scrapbooks contain materials referring to the following productions:

  • Scrapbook 1: The Little Damozel, Wyndham's Theatre (1909) and Alias Jimmy Valentine, Comedy Theatre (1910). Scrapbook also contains some personal effects including dinner invitations to Windsor Castle and Sandringham.
  • Scrapbook 2: Eccentric Lord Comberdene, St James's Theatre (1910), The Witness for the Defense, St. James's Theatre (1911) and The Easiest Way, Glasgow Theatre Royal (1912).
  • Scrapbook 3: The Hope, Theatre Royal Drury Lane (1911) and A Place in the Sun, Comedy Theatre (1913).
  • Scrapbook 4: The Dust of Egypt, Wyndham's Theatre (1912), Lady Noggs, Comedy Theatre (1913), My Lady's Dress, Royalty Theatre (1914), Gambler's All, Wyndham's Theatre (1915) and Raffles, Wyndham's Theatre (date unknown).
  • Scrapbook 5: The New Shylock, Lyric Theatre (1914) and Thing's We'd Like to Know, Apollo Theatre (1914).
  • Scrapbook 6: Scrapbook contains programmes, photographs, cuttings, correspondence (1872-1894)

Administrative / Biographical History

Lyston Lyle, whose real name was Edward Gibson, was a sucessful character actor and actor-manager on the West End stage from the turn of the 19th century until the 1910s. A contemporary and friend of theatrical luminaries Charles Hawtrey and Sir Gerald DuMaurier, Lyle was also the actor-manager at Wyndham's Theatre for a time.

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:

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

Acquisition Information

Gift, 2007.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to Lyston Lyle performances may be found in the production and photograph files, as well as in the library collections.

Please ask for details.