Patrick Newley Archive

Scope and Content

This archive contains diaries, ephemera, taped interviews and research material relating to the life and career of Patrick Newley.

Administrative / Biographical History

Patrick Newley (born Patrick Galvin, 1955-2009) was an Irish writer, journalist, and agent. After a brief career on stage, Newley founded a theatre agency, acting as agent to Douglas Byng, Rex Jameson, Quentin Crisp, and writer Robin Maugham, among others. He worked as a freelance journalist, regularly wrote obituaries for The Times and The Stage , and was editor of the British Music Hall Quarterly . He wrote a number of biographies, and an autobiography, The Krays and Bette Davis (2006).


This collection has been arranged into the following series:

  • THM/6/1 - Diaries
  • THM/6/2 - Correspondence and Writing
  • THM/6/3 - Press and Marketing
  • THM/6/4 - Photographs and Images
  • THM/6/5 - Interview Recordings
  • THM/6/6 - Players Magazine Ephemera
  • THM/6/7 - Savage Club Ephemera
  • THM/6/8 - Douglas Byng Research

Conditions Governing Access

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 these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Acquisition Information

Given by Diana Galvin, 2010.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with collection management policy.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Relevant material may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

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