Kean Lanyon Archive

Scope and Content

Contains papers from Sharon Kean Associates, Iain Lanyon Theatre Graphics and Kean Lanyon relating to marketing of theatre shows and other projects, including, correspondence, press cuttings, programmes, photographs, negatives, and posters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kean Lanyon is a communications agency that specialises in the Performing Arts and was founded in 2000 by Sharon Kean and Iain Lanyon from the merger of Sharon Kean Associates and Iain Lanyon Theatre Graphics. The agency creates bespoke marketing campaigns for the theatre industry and has worked closely with companies including Cheek by Jowl, Improbable and English Touring Theatre, whilst also being responsible for the launch of performing arts venues The Lowry, Salford, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and The Lighthouse, Poole.


This collection is arranged as follows:

  • THM/467/1 - Kean Lanyon Marketing Projects
  • THM/467/2 - Kean Lanyon Production Posters

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, Kean Lanyon, 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with collection management policy.


Accruals likely.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

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