Theatre programmes, playbills, postcards of cast members, photographs, newspaper cuttings, magazines, letters, and personal record books, with accompanying explanatory notes, collected by Charles Woods, and including programmes and posters from his own shows as Horace Watson. The programmes are grouped into sets: New Theatre and Theatre Cinema (over 1,000 items), Festival Theatre (c. 100), Arts Theatre (over 2,000), London Theatres (c. 300), and Horace Watson items (c. 50). There is also a card index of play titles, compiled by Woods and updated by his widow.
Boxes 1-15: Cambridge Arts Theatre Programmes. Alphabetical sequence of the titles of plays, covering 1936-1981.
Boxes 16-17: Festival Theatre Programmes. Alphabetical sequence of the titles of plays, covering, 1926-1936.
Boxes 18-22: New Theatre and Theatre Cinema Programmes. 1) Date order Sequence, 1905-1956 (boxes 18-20); 2) Rough Alphabetical Sequence (boxes 21-22).
Bozes 23-24: London Theatre Programmes. Alphabetical sequence of titles of plays.
Boxes 25-26: Provincial Theatre Programmes. Alphabetical sequence by town.
Box 27: Miscellaneous Programmes and Brochures (unsorted).
Box 28: C.M. Woods - Biographical and Theatre History Materials.
Box 29: Horace Watson (i.e. C.M. Woods) Materials, covering the years 1912-1947.
Box 30: Miscellaneous Theatre Magazines and Yearbooks.
Boxes 31-32: Theatre World, 1946-1958, a very incomplete set.
16 Shoeboxes: Alphabetical file of play titles represented in the collection (1 box); Alphabetical file of actors, actresses, and artists featured in the programmes in the collection (15 boxes).
1 large carboard box: C.M. Wood's childhood toy stage.