Papurau Cwmni Theatr Cymru (Welsh Theatre Company) Papers

Scope and Content

Records of Cwmni Theatr Cymru, 1958-1984, including scripts, [c. 1958]-[c. 1982]; files, 1955-1983; tour reports, 1974-1977; reports, 1965-1978; miscellaneous, 1968-1980; photograph albums, 1965-1981; newspaper cuttings, 1967-1982; and programmes, leaflets and posters, 1958-1984.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Welsh Theatre Company was established in Cardiff in 1962 by the Welsh Arts Council under the directorship of Warren Jenkins; most of their productions were in English. Wilbert Lloyd Roberts, Head of Drama at the BBC in Cardiff, had directed Welsh-language productions with a group of Welsh actors jointly employed by the company and the BBC. He left the BBC to become director of the Welsh language section of the company, thereafter known as Cwmni Theatr Cymru, based in Bangor, Caernarfonshire. Cwmni Theatr Cymru was a touring company which played to small, local venues, but in 1975 moved into Theatr Gwynedd. The management of the theatre and company were closely connected. The company formed 'Adran Antur', a group of young actors who wanted to produce work of a more experimental nature, and Cymdeithas Theatr Cymru (The Welsh Theatre Society), to promote Welsh theatre and circulate information through a network of local representatives and area committees. Cwmni Theatr Cymru closed in 1982 due to financial difficulties.


Arranged into two groups: Group One, scripts, files, tour reports, balance books, reports, miscellaneous, photograph albums and newspaper cuttings; and Group Two, posters, leaflets and programmes and miscellaneous.

Conditions Governing Access

Records closed for 30 years after creation, apart from scripts, photograph albums, newspaper cuttings, leaflets and photographs. The depositors will consider applications from researchers to inspect closed materials; written permission must be obtained. Enquiries should be made to the Caernarfon Record Office.

Acquisition Information

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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau Cwmni Theatr Cymru (Welsh Theatre Company) Papers, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in English and Welsh, in Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are possible

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