New Shakespeare Company

Scope and Content

This file provides information about the performances and tours of the New Shakespeare Company. File includes programmes for the Shakespeare Summer Festival (August 1919) and the Shakespeare Birthday Festival (April and May 1920, 1922 and 1924); also includes booklet documenting the visit of the New Shakespeare Company to Christiana in Norway (June 1922).

Administrative / Biographical History

The New Shakespeare Company was founded in 1919 and managed by a Joint Committee of representatives from the Executive Committee of the Shakespeare Memorial Committee and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The remit of the Company was to perform Shakespearean and other high and classic drama. W. Bridges Adams was appointed as Director of the Company.

Performances by the New Shakespeare Company included a London Season (1920), a Manchester Season (1919-1920), a tour to Christiana, Norway (1922), performances in Stratford-Upon-Avon (1919-1922).

The work of the Company was funded by the SMNT Committee with the income from the rent of the site at the corner of Gower Street and Keppel Street. The site was purchased in 1914 for the proposed National Theatre, but it was let to the YMCA during the war and until 1923, when it was finally sold. The YMCA used the site for the Shakespeare Hut first and later for a hostel for Indian students.

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Related Material

- See SMNT/1/3/11 for papers of the Shakespeare Joint Committee, which was managed the work of the New Shakespeare Company.

- See SMNT/8/7 for financial records of the New Shakespeare Company.