Drury Lane Theatre Treasury Sheets

Scope and Content

This collection consists of The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Treasury Sheets from the 1920s, showing general expenditure for the theatre as well as for the current show and specific records relating to the production Rose Marie.

Administrative / Biographical History

Under managing director Sir Alfred Butt, the 1920s saw The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane enjoy great box office success with musicals such as Rose Marie, Desert Song and Show Boat.

Rose Marie is an operetta-style musical with music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart, and book and lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was produced at Drury Lane in London in March 1925, enjoying an extraordinary run of 581 performances and closed in March 1927. The original production had a chorus of eighty and was London's most successful Broadway show after World War I until it was surpassed by Oklahoma! in 1947.

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: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

This collection was aquired at the Bloomsbury Book Auction, London in May 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.


No accruals expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to Theatre Royal Drury Lane may be found in several collections including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Other archival and special collections held by the V&A relating to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane are:

  • THM/72 Drury Lane Theatrical Fund Collection [ 177-]-[187-]
  • THM/86 Drury Lane Design Collection
  • THM/101 Drury Lane Legal and Financial Documents (1) [179-]-[182-]
  • THM/102 Drury Lane Legal and Financial Documents (2) 1812-1898

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