Collection of New Scala Theatre Photographs

Scope and Content

This collection consists of autographed and production photographs as well as a number of programmes relating to the New Scala Theatre. Dated materials range from 1913 to 1953.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection of production and promotional photographs was compiled by Cecil Langman, a stage manager at the New Scala Theatre during World War II and until his retirement, c.1960.

The New Scala Theatre began life as New Rooms in Tottenham Street in 1772. Renamed The Scala Theatre in 1904, it was to be named and renamed numerous times. In 1923 it was renamed as The New Scala and became known for amateur productions and pantomime, and for a while was home to Gang Shows. During World War II it was renamed yet again, this time reverting to The Scala Theatre. In 1969 the theatre was demolished after a fire destroyed the building. The Scala House office block now stands in its place.


This collection has been arranged into the following series:

  • THM/389/1 - Autographed photographs
  • THM/389/2 - Othello
  • THM/389/3 - Derby Day
  • THM/389/4 - Gang Show / Scout Review photographs
  • THM/389/5 - Unidentified production photographs
  • THM/398/6 - Production programmes

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

Gift by Revd Barry Langman, 2010.

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

See also the core collections, including production and building files of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department for further information on the New Scala Theatre.

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