Joint Council of the National Theatre and the Old Vic - minute book

Scope and Content

This minute book includes a full set of minutes for meetings of the Joint Council of the National Theatre and the Old Vic (1946-1962).

The minute book also includes minutes for the following meetings, precursory to the foundation of the Joint Council:

- Meeting of representatives of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre and the Old Vic (11/09/1945).

- Meeting of Old Vic representatives on Co-Ordinating Committee with the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre (19/09/1945).

- Minutes of Co-Ordinating Committee of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre and the Old Vic (02/10/1945, 17/12/1945, 09/01/1946).

Minute book includes index of topics coverd in the minutes; topics listed are as follows:


Arts Council; Agreement; Architects; Architectural Advisory Sub-Committee; Arts Council Assessor; Apprentices; Architects' Estimate; Architects' Agreement; Architects' fees; Acoustic Expert.


Barker, Granville; Building Sub-Committee Tour; Building Sub-Committee resolutions; British Theatre Conference; B.D.L. [British Drama League]; British Actors' Equity.


Chairman; Charity Commission; Constitution; Correspondence; Consultant Engineer; C.O.R.T. [Conference of Repertory Theatres]; Chairman's proposals.


Draft agreement; Directors' memorandum; Donation; Dramatic Schools Conference.




Finance; Festival of Britain, 1951; Foundation stone; Function of the two theatres [Note: there is no actual minute under this heading]; Future plans.


Governors' representatives.


Joint Council Expenses.


L.C.C. [London County Council]; L.C.C Concert Hall.


Membership of Joint Council; Meetings; Minutes; Memorandum to Old Vic Executive Committee; Museum; Memorandum from the Governors of the Royal Victoria Hall; Maugham Bequest; Memorandum from Lord Esher.


Name of new body; Nominating bodies; National Theatre Bill; Name of Theatre; National Theatre Museum; National Theatre Running Expenses; National Theatre Support Committee; National Theatre.


Old Vic Site; Old Vic Expansion Scheme; Old Vic representation; Old Vic National Theatre Sub-Committee.

P. Press Announcement; Press, letters to; Procedure; Publications; Premises; Plans.


Royal Charter; Report from Old-Vic Sub-Committee; Report from Building Sub-Committee; Resignations and Appointments; Resolution from Building Sub-Committee; Restaurant Accommodation.


Site; Secretary; Sub-Committee meetings; Small Theatre; Storage space; SMNT resolutions; South Kensington Site; SMNT representation; Stratford-Upon-Avon; S.T.A.R. Centres.


Terms of reference; Treasurer; Television and films; Television companies, approach to; Title of council.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Front and back covers in plywood, covered in dark blue marbled faux-leather; spine and corners covered in light mustard color faux-leather. End papers marbled.

Labelled at the front and on the spine; the label on the spine is held in place with sellotape.

Related Material

- Additional copies of minutes of meetings of the Joint Council, some with annotations, may be found in SMNT/1/4.

- The memorandum by Esher for meeting of 15/06/1959 can be found in SMNT/3/1/13.