Papers of the Joint Council

Scope and Content

Documents the work of the Joint Council of the National Theatre and the Old Vic, including general correspondence as well as papers documenting financial aspects of the Council and membership; also documents the work of the Council in areas such as funding for the prospective National Theatre, communications with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Arts Council of Great Britain and the issue of the relationship between the Old Vic and the National Theatre.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Joint Council of the National Theatre and the Old Vic was appointed in January 1946, following negotiations and enquiries into ways in which the SMNT movement and the Old Vic theatre could work together. The Joint Council was composed of representatives from the SMNT and the Old Vic and effectively replaced the SMNT Committee as the main 'public face' in the campaign for a National Theatre. The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon also briefly joined the Joint Council from 1960.

The Co-Ordinating Committee was established around 1945, with representatives from the two organisations, to oversee arrangements leading to the amalgamation.

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Related Material

- The agreement that seals the appointment of the Joint Council in January 1946 may be found among the legal records in SMNT/9/1.