The Terry Lane Collection at the V&A Collections

Terry Lane worked with Stephen Joseph extensively in Scarborough and in Stoke-on-Trent ; he was involved in the public & significant fallout of the Victoria Theatre and Stephen Joseph. He also wrote a biography of Stephen Joseph, published in 2006. His collection is now held by the V&A Archives.

The Terry Lane Collection

The following information is reproduced from the V&A Archives website. The collection is publicly accessible and details about accessing the Terry Lane Collection and visiting the V&A Archives can be found here.

Scope and Content
Material relating to the career of Terry Lane, founder of the Traverse Theatre and to the work of Theatre-in-the-Round Pioneer Stephen Joseph. Collection includes scrapbooks, programmes, sketches, photographs, press cuttings and correspondence.

Administrative and Biographical History
Terry Lane is the co-founder and was the first Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. Formed as a theatre club in 1963, the Traverse Theatre produced 110 productions in its first 3 years including 33 world premieres. Founded with the aim of extending the spirit of the Edinburgh Festivals throughout the year, the theatre has become a significant venue for new writing and introducing international audiences to new works. Terry Lane has written a biography of Stephen Joseph and is also a historian of the Traverse Theatre. Terry Lane also worked at theatres in Pitlochry, Perth, Scarborough and Stoke-on-Trent. Stephen Joseph was a Theatre director and is considered a pioneer of the theatre-in-the-round movement. In the 1950s he founded Studio Theatre Ltd, the first professional Theatre-in-the-road company in the UK. The company began a summer season of performances at the Library Theatre in Scarborough and in the winter the company toured with the eventual aim of finding a permanent home for theatre-in-the-round. Joseph was involved with the Scarborough theatre-in-the-round until his death in 1967. Scarborough’s theatre-in-the-round was named The Stephen Joseph Theatre in his honour.

The collection is in storage and consists of 10 boxes of material.

Access Information
This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: Please note that this collection has not yet been fully appraised, catalogued and re-housed. A notice of 20 working days is required in order to facilitate access to this collection in line with Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation.

Acquisition Information
The collection was donated to the V&A Archives in 2019 by Terry Lane.

Reference: THM/593
Dates of Creation: 1950s - 1970s
Name of Creator: Terence Louis Lane
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 10 boxes
Location: Collection available at V&A Archives, Blythe House, London
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