H.M. Tennent Administrative Archive

Scope and Content

Contains material relating to H. M. Tennent Ltd. productions and includes correspondence, contracts, accounts, and material relating to engagement of cast and terms of employment.

Administrative / Biographical History

H.M. Tennent Ltd. was the leading West End production management company during the 1940s and 1950s. They worked with many leading actors under contract and producing a series of lavish revivals as well as new plays by such authors as Rattigan and designed by the leading theatre designers of the day. There was also a secondary group for a time, The Company of Four, producing at the Lyric, Hammersmith, London.


This collection is arranged as follows:

  • THM/178/1 - Production material
  • THM/178/2 - Correspondence
  • THM/178/3 - Miscellaneous

Access Information

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: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/ .

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/ .

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 of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to H.M.Tennent Ltd, in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files. Material relating to H.M. Tennent can also be found in further collections including:

  • THM/53 - Association of Theatrical Designers and Craftsmen
  • THM/338 - H.M. Tennent (Ian Down Addition)
  • THM/413 - Collection of H.M. Tennent Correspondence relating to the 1954 Parliamentary Debate
  • THM/93 - Hugh (Binkie) Beaumont Archive
  • THM/488 - Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies Archive