Correspondence and memoranda about the National Theatre Constitution

Scope and Content

The drafting of a constitution for the National Theatre. The file includes correspondence, research material, memoranda, notes and outlines setting out options for the constitution and management of the proposed theatre.

This file includes copies of a number of memoranda and notes as follows:

- 'Constitution of the National Theatre, scheme proposed by the SMNT, 1938 (slightly amended by Mr Whitworth in 1948)'

- 'Constitution of the National Theatre, as passed by the Executive Committee on February 21st 1938'

- Notes by Oliver Lyttelton about the proposed composition of the Governing Board of the theatre (May 1945)

- 'Constitution of the National Theatre, scheme proposed by Mr Oliver Lyttelton (May 1945)

- Notes about the constitution taken from the book 'A National Theatre: Scheme and Estimates', by William Archer and Harley Granville-Barker (1907 and 1930).

- 'Memorandum on the constitution of the National Theatre' (no date)

- 'Draft outline for National Theatre Constitution' (Aug. 1950), by Kenneth Rae.

- 'Notes on possible administrative structure' (12 October 1950), by Kenneth Rae and M[...] G[...].

- 'Outline for a National Theatre Constitution - to be incorporated in a Royal Charter', different drafts (October and November 1950), by Kenneth Rae and M[...] G[...].

- 'Outline for constitution of the National Theatre governing body' (13 November 1950), by Kenneth Rae and M[...] G[...].

- 'Draft principles for constitution of the National Theatre Governing Body' (10 October 1960)

- 'The National Theatre, Memorandum No. 1, general observations' [1960], by Messrs Goodman, Derrick & Co.

- 'The National Theatre - form of constitution - first provisional draft' [1960], by Messrs Goodman, Derrick & Co.

- 'The National Theatre - Memorandum No. 3 - skeleton constitution' [1960], by Messrs Goodman, Derrick & Co.

- Charter of Incorporation of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon (1947-1959).

Arrangement

The material is arranged chronologically within the folders.

Conditions Governing Access

Open