York Musical Theatre Company Records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection primarily consists of minute books relating to the operational activities of the York Musical Theatre Company.

Administrative / Biographical History

The York Musical Theatre Company was founded in 1902 and is York's longest established amateur theatre company. It gave its first performance in April 1903. Originally called the York Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, it was renamed the York Musical Theatre Company in 2002.

The Society's meetings and performances were suspended between 1914 and 1919 due to the First World War, reconvening in 1920. Performances were suspended again during the Second World War, but began again in 1946.

During the April 1942 air raid on York, many of the early records of the society were destroyed.

The group gained charitable status in 1978, and continues to exist today. It's aims are to provide:

  • cultural recognition for its members
  • entertainment for the public
  • financial support for local organizations

Throughout it's history, the group has performed at locations across the city, including the Theatre Royal, the Festival Concert Rooms and the Grand Opera House (formerly SS Empire).

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, December 2014.

Conditions Governing Use

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