Ballet correspondence

Scope and Content

Correspondence relating to various matters concerning the Vic Wells Ballet Company.

The letters relates to a variety of matters including tours by the company, attempts to avoid male dancers being conscripted into service, ballet dancers etc seeking work, advertisements, and personnel matters. Some unrelated items are also included: letter from John Fullard to Owen Mase relating to opera and a letter from R.P.P. Rowe to W.L. Borrell dated 1930 regarding Sadler’s Wells staff being overwhelmed with work including ‘the difficulty of allotting seats applied for 3 times over by subscribers for the 1st night’.

Some of the correspondents include Sir Samuel Hoare (Home Secretary, copy of letter sent to him), Tyrone Guthrie (also referred to as ‘Tony’), Leo Bartuschek, Grace Lovat Fraser, Maynard Keynes (copies of letters sent to him), managers at theatres visited on tour, Paul Nash (Arts Bureau in Oxford), Mr North (Daniel Mayer Company Ltd), Edmund Rubbra.

File contains mainly correspondence received and sent by Constant Lambert (Artistic Director), Frederick Ashton (Artistic Director), Ninette de Valois, Edith Carlyon (Secretary).