Stuart Hopps Collection

Scope and Content

Administrative papers, film and play scripts, notes, press cuttings, dance theatre programmes and correspondence of Stuart Hopps, film, opera and theatre choreographer and director, teacher and educator.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stuart Hopps (b 1942) is a choreographer, director, teacher and educator. He has worked on many major productions with leading directors and producers including Peter Hall, Kenneth Branagh, Trevor Nunn, Ang Lee and Derek Jarman. He has choreographed for the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. He was the Founder Director of Scottish Ballet's Moveable Workshop. He has sat on numerous boards and committees including: Founder Chairman, Dance Panel, Greater London Arts Association 1976-1979; Chairman, British Association of Choreographers 1990-2000; Member Dance Panel, Arts Council of Great Britain 1976-1980; Member Accreditation Committee, Council for Dance Education and Training 1984-1993; and Chair, Schools Committee, Council for Education and Training 2000-2004. He has held numerous teaching posts including Senior Lecturer in Dance, Laban 1975-1978 and Director MA Studies Laban 1986-1989. In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from City University and in 2009 a citation of Honour for Lifetime Achievement from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. An entry for Stuart Hopps can be found on Debretts People of Today Online.


No sorting has yet been carried out on the Collection other than dance theatre programmes transferred into another collection.

Access Information

Temporarily closed to the public.

Acquisition Information

Received from Stuart Hopps.

Other Finding Aids

Box lists for this collection are available to search on the Laban Archive catalogue.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Fowler, Archivist, Laban.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies can be made according to copyright law and depending on the condition of the documents. Please consult the Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Duplicates have been weeded. Some dance theatre programmes have been transferred to the Dance Theatre Programmes Collection in the Laban Archive. Programmes that have been annotated by Hopps have been left in the Collection, as well as any musical theatre programmes.

Custodial History

This Collection was donated by Stuart Hopps.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Some dance theatre programmes have been transferred to the Dance Theatre Programmes Collection in the Laban Archive. Information on Stuart Hopps, including a portrait, can be found in the Barbara Balmer Collection in the Laban Archive.