Scope and Content

This section contains largely typescript playtexts, some annotated in unidentified hands. Some are original Melville plays and others were adapted from other playwrights' work, for example 'The Flying Scud' and 'The Shaugraun' by Dion Boucicault. There are also adaptations of popular dramas such as 'Maria Marten' and 'East Lynne'. Many of these manuscripts contain miscellaneous items relating to the production, including timing sheets, lighting and property plots.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Melville family commisioned playwrights to produce plays for performance at their theatres, such as Andrew II's pantomimes, and wrote plays themselves, most famously Frederick and Walter's 'Bad Women Dramas'. Much of the collection is focussed upon melodrama and pantomime, reflecting the popular theatre which the Melvilles produced.


Playtexts are individually numbered and stored seperately to other items in this collection.

Other Finding Aids

These playtexts are catalogued on the University of Kent and Cathedral Library catalogue.