Michael Codron Ltd.: Financial Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection has been combined into the following series:

  • Box Office Returns

This archival collection contains weekly box office returns for productions produced by Michael Codron across Britain.

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Victor Codron was born on 8 June 1930. He began his theatrical career as an assistant to Jack Hylton who then recommended him to produce Salad Days. His first show as an independent producer was Ring for Catty (1956) and he soon acquired a reputation for championing new writers, most famously producing the first production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party at the Hammersmith Lyric in 1958. He went on to produce Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane and Pinter's The Caretaker and thus became embroiled in the 'Dirty Plays' controversy in which the immensely powerful producer and theatre owner Emile Littler condemned Codron and the newly formed RSC (among others) of violating the sanctity of the British stage.

Codron has consistently championed playwrights and plays over musicals and was without rival as a producer of straight commercial plays from the 1970s until the 1990s: among the playwrights he is most often associated with are Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Frayn, Simon Gray and Charles Wood.

Arrangement

The collection has been combined into the following series:

  • Box Office Returns

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: 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.

Acquisition Information

Michael Codron deposited his collection of box office returns as a gift to the Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre and Performance Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

See also Theatre and Performance Core Collections: material relating to Michael Codron may be found in several collections, including his biographical file, relevant production files, and photographs. Please ask for more details.