A collection of approximately 5000 scrap files relating to plays performed principally in theatres in London but also in provincial theatres around the country and productions on tour in England and America. These scrap files follow a standard format. Each file relates to a single play and comprises a range of material which may include press and magazine cuttings of reviews of performances, photographs of members of the cast and production team, theatre programmes and cuttings from programmes, printed fliers, articles, scripts and synopses of plays and other printed items. The contents of each file usually spans no more than one, two or three years. There are a number of play titles for which more than one file has been created: these usually relate to a different production of another date.
Many of the files also include typescript notes about the play, which have been made by the creator of the collection. Some notes have been made directly on the contents of the file; others are typed on separate paper. Some of these notes relate to the principal production; other notes relate to earlier productions of a play - for which no printed material is included in the file. These notes give information, such as performance dates, venues and cast lists, about productions of plays as far back as the 1860s.
Most of these scrap files have been made using folded paper. The outside front sheet bears the title of the play - usually in printed form cut from a programme, magazine or other printed format. The contents of the files have been pasted onto the folded sheets of paper.