Collection of H.M. Tennent Correspondence relating to the 1954 Parliamentary Debate

Scope and Content

These folders contain correspondence, memos, official papers and a copy of the Official Report of the Parliamentary Debates.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection features materials relating to the 1954 House of Commons debate over the Theatrical Companies Bill and the accusations made by Labour MP Woodrow Wyatt: namely that Binkie Beaumont and the Tennent companies were legally using the bill to their advantage and creating a theatrical monopoly which their competitors couldn't compete with.


This collection was arranged into the following series:

  • THM/413/1 - Correspondence
  • THM/413/2 - Official reports and papers
  • THM/413/3 - Press clippings

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by gift, September 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:


No accruals are expected.

Related Material

Material relating to H.M.Tennent may be found in the following V&A collections:

  • THM/53 - Association of Theatrical Designers and Craftsmen
  • THM/178 - H.M. Tennent Administrative Archive
  • THM/338 - H.M. Tennent (Ian Dow Addition)

Material relating to Hugh (Binkie) Beaumont may be found in the Binkie Beaumont collection (THM/93).

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department, including the biographical files and library collection.

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