Gladys Calthrop Design Collection

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to theatre productions Gladys Calthrop designed for, in the form of correspondence, sketchbooks, prints, illustrations, photographs and costume makers lists.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gladys Calthrop (1894-1980) was an English set and costume designer. Born Gladys Treeby in Devon, Calthrop married, and later separated from, Everard E. Calthrop. She met Noel Coward in Italy during 1921, they subsequently became friends and worked together on many plays. Their first collaboration was on The Vortex in 1924 for which Calthrop designed both sets and costumes. She worked in both London and New York.

Gladys Calthrop designed costumes, set and props for Alice in Wonderlandfirst produced at Scala Theatre, premiered on 24 December 1943 and revived at the Palace Theatre in 1944. She designed costumes for Twelfth Night produced at Civic Theater, New York in 1926.

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.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Objects from the Gladys Calthrope Design Collection were catalogued as museum objects and can be found on search the collections via the V&A website

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

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