Items relating to the work of David Heneker presented by Stewart Nicholls

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Three files of material relating to the work of musical theatre composer David Heneker, presented by Stewart Nicholls. Includes:

  • Publicity material for 'The Biograph Girl' including press articles and reviews, posters and programmes
  • File of original and copies of David Heneker's handwritten music for songs from 'The Biograph Girl'
  • File of original and copies of David Heneker's handwritten music for songs from 'Peg', with some published music and typed lyrics

Administrative / Biographical History

After an early career in the Army, David Heneker turned his hand to songwriting, composing several songs for revues and cabarets in the 1930s, and composing war time songs during the Second World War. In 1948 he resigned his commission from the Army and became a songwriter, while also working as a pianist at the Embassy Club. He went on to compose or contribute to several musicals. His works include 'Charlie Girl', 'Irma la Douce', 'Phil the Fluter', 'Jorrocks', 'Popkiss', 'Expresso Bongo' and 'Half a Sixpence'. He also composed songs for films and for advertising.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to view by appointment. Please email Kingston University Archives and Special Collections to make an appointment.

Custodial History

Material has been presented to Stewart Nicholls, who previously worked on the David Heneker Archive. It was then donated to Kingston University Archives and Special Collections.

Related Material

The David Heneker Archive contains a large body of material on the composer and his work. Reference number KUAS82