Marlowe Dramatic Society: Papers

Scope and Content

1. Minute book, 1907-1928, including letters, programmes and society rules.

2. Account book, 1907-1931.

3. Scrapbook, 1907-1923, containing photographs, newscuttings (mainly reviews), letters, invitations to meetings, and society rules.

4. Scrapbook, 1923-1937, containing photographs, newscuttings (mainly reviews), programmes, papers on the 1937 tour of Scandinavia, and general typescripts on the society.

5. Correspondence, 1927-1931, relating largely to the 1931 performance of Webster's The white devil, and including invitations to the show. There are also newscuttings on the society and three loose programmes of its production of Hamlet at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge.

6. Business manager's book, 1930s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Marlowe Dramatic Society was founded by Cambridge University students in 1907 with the intention of producing rarely performed Jacobethan plays. It organised the first performances of Shakespeare in the city since 1886, and produced plays by, among others, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster and Ben Jonson. From its inception, the society placed an emphasis on the importance of the skill of verse-speaking. It is known today as The Marlowe, and promotes new writing in addition to performing established works.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by G.H.W. Rylands, 1975.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The history of the society was compiled with reference to its website (

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