The collection comprises chiefly of theatre programmes relating to performances at Nottingham Playhouse Theatre and Nottingham's Theatre Royal, Derby Playhouse, Stratford Upon Avon and assorted London theatres; none have a complete sequence.
Theatre programmes often feature attractive images and glossy photography on the front cover and inside. A biography of the writer or the historical background to the performance of the play may also be included. Information about the theatre is often present, such as the history, administrative structure, sponsors, a detailed list of theatre staff and advertisements for local businesses.
Also present are a small number of items providing evidence of visits to the various productions, such as ticket stubbs, advertisements for local hotels and attractions, souvenir postcards, etc.