Mill Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the papers of Charles Watson Mill, dramatic author and proprietor of the Theatre Royal, Royal Leamington Spa. It includes plays in typescript, part-books and letters and documents relating to family and business matters during Mill's tenure of the Theatre Royal, and covering the years 1910 - 34.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Watson Mill (d. 1933) dramatist and theatre owner. As a dramatic author, Mill's works included:  The Eve of Her Wedding,  A Warning to Women,  A Wrecker of Men,  The Seal of Silence and  The Eternal Flame. He formed a theatre company, the Celebrated Players Ltd in 1919, and was lessee and later owner of the Theatre Royal, Leamington Spa. The theatre company was wound up on his death and the theatre was sold. The theatre building - which was erected in 1882 - was sited in Regent Grove, Holly Walk, and became the first cinema in Leamington.

Reference: Finding aid to the Mill Collection

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased in 1972/1973.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) Website at: http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk/default.asp

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.