Illustrated handbook on proposed National Theatre

Scope and Content

Illustrated handbook entitled 'The proposed Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre, an illustrated handbook issued by the Executive Committee'.

The handbook details origin of the movement and foundational ideas for the National Theatre, sum to be raised, objectives of the proposed National Theatre, architectural style of the theatre, repertory, management and relation of the theatre to the regions. Includes brief reports on state theatres across Europe, included as way of example, with photographs of the theatres. Features two appendices at the end, (1) the report on a Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre by the Executive Committee, 1909, and (2) a petition to the County Council. Also includes a form for donating money to the Shakespeare National Theatre fund.

This file includes two copies of the booklet, lightly different in formatting. The front covers of the two booklets are also illustrated differently.

Additionally, this file includes copies of the text of the handbook, typed on notepaper and bound with a paper clip. In 1923 the handbook was presented in a court case to ascertain whether the objects of the Shakespeare Memorial Fund could be defined as charitable.

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Related Material

- The Affidavit of Israel Gollancz, filed in connection with the 1923 court case, may be found among the legal records in SMNT/9/1.