Miscellaneous collection of theatre programmes; 1980-1990

Scope and Content

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.

Also present are a small number of items providing evidence of visits to the various productions, such as ticket stubs, advertisements for local hotels and attractions, souvenir postcards, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

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.


The collection has been organised alphabetically by theatre location, and in date order. It is intended that future miscellaneous theatre programmes may be added in to this collection.

Access Information

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

This collection of theatre programmes donated by various people was begun by the University in November 2008.

Related Material

The University of Nottingham; Theatre programmes and related material of Tony Church. (MS 809)