Ann Jellicoe Collection

Scope and Content

The Ann Jellicoe Collection focuses on Jellicoe's work with Community Plays, particularly her collaborations with Colway Theatre Trust. The items cover 1926, 1938-1948 and 1970-1990. (Items within files are listed by date unless otherwise stated)

Administrative / Biographical History

Ann Jellicoe was born in Middlesborough in 1927. She studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama before working with fringe theatres. She acted and directed, but is best known for her work as a playwright. In 1962 she wrote 'The Knack' which was performed at the Royal Court and later adapted into a film. In the 1980s and 1990s she worked on Community Plays in several regions of Great Britain.

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy. Photocopies have been kept only when the originals have not been found.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Ann Jellicoe, as well as Community Plays in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.