The Victoria Theatre Collection at Staffordshire University

The Victoria Theatre was founded by Stephen Joseph during 1962 in Stoke-on-Trent and, now the New Vic in Newcastle-under-Lyme, is regarded as the UK's first purpose-built professional theatre-in-the-round space.

The Victoria Theatre Collection is held by Staffordshire University and contains the Victoria Theatre's archives from 1962 to 1998, curated by the company's founding Artistic Director Peter Cheeseman.

The Victoria Theatre Collection

The following information is reproduced from the Staffordshire University website. The collection is publicly accessible and details about accessing the Collection can be found here.

Scope and Content
The Victoria Theatre Collection is an important and extensive resource for researchers, theatre and social hstorians and postgraduate students. The theatre production, documentary research and community work carried out by Peter Cheeseman's internationally famous Victoria Theatre Company between 1962 and 1998 has been meticulously recorded, archived and preserved over four decades.

The documents, photographs and tape-recordings contained within the collection offer unique research opportunities, unparalleled by other theatre archive collections.

The collection contains extensive theatre production records, scripts, photographs, film and sound recordings of performances, documentaries and forty-years-worth of press cuttings, correspondence and contracts with actors, musicians, directors, designers, agents, many other arts practitioners and organisations - including local people and institutions.

The collection also contains information on urban conservation and drawings, photographs and other records relating to the creation of two theatres-in-the round - the old and the New Vic theatres.

The collection also contains a complete set of prompt-scripts and many original scripts by important 20th century dramatists - and correspondence with both established playwrights and budding writers (some documents preserve the censorship requirements of the Lord Chamberlain).

The collection is currently being sorted and collated. Funding is being sought for cataloguing and digitisation. It is hoped that research material and secondary-source packs will be available in the near future.

Dates of Creation: 1962 - 1998
Name of Creator: Peter Cheeseman, 1932 - 2010
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: N/A
Location: Collection available at the Thompson Library, Staffordshire University, Stoke
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