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Theatre Programs and Playbills Collection

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The Theatre Programs and Playbills Collection contains 19th and 20th century theatre programs and playbills from countries all over the world. The majority of the playbills are from England and the United States. Format includes text.

Collection Overview

The Theatre Programs and Playbills Collection contains national and international theatre programs and playbills from 1815-1975. The playbills are from countries all across the globe, including: Belgium, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Sint Maarten, United States, and the Soviet Union, later Russia. While the collection has over 300 programs in its entirety, the majority of those playbills are from England and the United States, namely London, California, Boston, and New York.

Series are arranged in alphabetical order. Subseries are arranged in alphabetical order by theatre name.

Collection Inventory

  • Indexes (circa 1982) Box 5
  • Belgium (1963 April) Box 1 Folder 1
  • Canada (1955-1981) Box 1 Folder 2
  • England
    • Bristol Theatres
      • Theatre Royal (1947) Box 2 Folder 15
    • London Theatres
      • Adelphi Theatre (1964 August 10) Box 9 Folder 1
      • Aldwych Theatre (1962-1966) Box 9 Folder 2
      • Apollo Theatre (1929-1953) Box 1 Folder 10
      • Astoria Theatre (1957 March 22) Box 1 Folder 11
      • Baldwin Theatre (undated) Box 1 Folder 12
      • Carlyon Theatre (1953, May 16 - Oct 10) Box 1 Folder 13
      • Comedy Theatre (1964-1975) Box 9 Folder 4
      • Criterion Theatre (1953 May 23) Box 1 Folder 14
      • Daly's Theatre (undated) Box 1 Folder 15
      • Duchess Theatre (1952 January 2) Box 1 Folder 16
      • Duke of York's Theatre (1955 September 13) Box 1 Folder 17
      • Embassy Theatre (1953 February 28) Box 1 Folder 18
      • Gaiety Theatre (1869-1982) Box 1 Folder 19
      • Garrick Theatre (1977 December) Box 9 Folder 5
      • Gaumont Theatre (1956-1957) Box 1 Folder 20
      • Globe Theatre (1926-1953) Box 1 Folder 21
      • Golder's Green Hippodrome (n.d.) Box 9 Folder 6
      • Hampstead Theatre (1968-1980) Box 9 Folder 7 Box 9 Folder 9 Box 9 Folder 8
      • Her Majesty's Theatre (1902-1958) Box 1 Folder 22
      • King's Theatre (1923-1953) Box 1 Folder 23
      • Leicester Square Theatre (1954-1956) Box 1 Folder 24
      • London Coliseum (1959-1960) Box 9 Folder 3
      • Lyric Theatre (1930-1953) Box 1 Folder 25
      • Malvern Theatre (1931) Box 1 Folder 26
      • May Fair Theatre (1970) Box 9 Folder 10
      • Mermaid Theatre (1960-1978) Box 9 Folder 11
      • National Theatre (1972-1989) Box 9 Folder 14 Box 9 Folder 13 Box 9 Folder 12 (While the National Theatre is one building complex, it is comprised of three separate theatres within that one building. These three theatres are: Olivier Theatre, Lyttleton Theatre, and Cottlesloe Theatre.)
      • Odeon Theatre Box 1 Folder 27
      • Old Vic Theatre (1920-1959) Box 1 Folder 28
      • Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park (1937-1974) Box 1 Folder 29
      • Palace Theatre (undated) Box 1 Folder 30
      • Palladium Theatre (1953) Box 1 Folder 31
      • Phoenix Theatre (1953-1963) Box 1 Folder 32
      • Picadilly Theatre (undated) Box 1 Folder 33
      • Princes Theatre (undated) Box 1 Folder 34 (The Princes Theatre changed its name to the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1962.)
      • Q Theatre (1929-1953) Box 1 Folder 35
      • Queen's Theatre (1930-1973) Box 1 Folder 36
      • Royal Albert Hall (1957 January 5) Box 1 Folder 37
      • Royal Court Theatre (1969-1976) Box 7 Folder 50 Box 7 Folder 51
      • Royal Lyceum Theatre (1873-1897) Box 2 Folder 1
      • Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1953) Box 2 Folder 2
      • Sadler's Wells Theatre (1971-1979) Box 9 Folder 15
      • Saville Theatre (1967) Box 2 Folder 3
      • Savoy Theatre (1953 February 14) Box 2 Folder 4
      • Scala Theatre (undated) Box 2 Folder 5
      • St. George's Theatre (n.d.) Box 7 Folder 52
      • St. James's Theatre (1922-1953) Box 2 Folder 6
      • St. Martin's Theatre (1964) Box 9 Folder 16
      • Strand Theatre (1894-1963) Box 8 Folder 22 Box 2 Folder 7
      • Theatre Royal, Covent Garden (1756-1784) Box 2 Folder 8
      • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (1772-1982) Box 2 Folder 9
      • Theatre Royal, Haymarket (1953-1976) Box 2 Folder 10
      • Vaudeville Theatre (1870 July 2) Box 2 Folder 11
      • Whitehall Theatre (1953 March 9) Box 2 Folder 12
      • Wimbledon Theatre (1972) Box 2 Folder 13
      • Wyndham's Theatre (1953) Box 2 Folder 14
    • Devonshire Theatres
      • Dartington Hall (undated) Box 1 Folder 38
    • Kent Theatres
      • New Theatre, Bromley (1953-1960) Box 1 Folder 39 (To prevent any confusion, the researcher should note that Bromley is now a borough of London. Prior to 1968, it was located in the country of Kent. The play program in the file indicates that the play took place in Bromley, Kent before the county lines were redrawn.)
      • Theatre Royal, Margate (1800 August) Box 2 Folder 17
    • Norfolk Theatres
      • Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich (1957) Box 1 Folder 40
    • Manchester Theatres
      • Theatre Royal (1902) Box 2 Folder 16
    • Stratford Upon Avon Theatres
      • Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon (1944-1957) Box 2 Folder 18
    • York Theatres
      • Theatre Royal, York (1805-1954) Box 2 Folder 19
  • France (1891-1961) Box 1 Folder 3 Box 9 Folder 20
    • France (2) Box 7 Folder 53
  • Ireland (1987) Box 1 Folder 4
  • Italy (undated) Box 1 Folder 5
  • Japan (undated) Box 1
  • Scotland (1956) Box 1 Folder 7
  • St. Maarten (1962) Box 1 Folder 8
  • Soviet Union and Russia (1935-1936) Box 1 Folder 9
  • United States of America
    • California theatres
      • Wade's Opera House Box 10 Folder 1
      • Haverly's Comedy Company Box 10 Folder 2
      • San Francisco theatres
        • Alcazar Theatre (1911-1958) Box 3 Folder 13
        • American Theatre (1853-1859) Box 3 Folder 14
        • Baldwin Theatre (1879) Box 3 Folder 15
        • Baldwin's Academy of Music Theatre (1876-1887) Box 3 Folder 16
        • Blanding Sloan Puppet Theatre (n.d.) Box 3 Folder 17
        • Bush Street Theatre (1878) Box 3 Folder 18
        • California Theatre (1869-1883) Box 8 Folder 19 Box 3 Folder 19
        • Civic Auditorium (1937-1954) Box 8 Folder 21 Box 3 Folder 20
        • Columbia Theatre (1918-1934) Box 3 Folder 21
        • Curran Theatre (1929-1957) Box 8 Folder 20 Box 4 Folder 1 Box 4 Folder 2
        • Drama Guild (n.d.) Box 4 Folder 3
        • Eagle Theatre (1850 January 16) Box 4 Folder 4
        • Erlanger-Columbia (n.d.) Box 4 Folder 5
        • Fox-West Coast Theatre (n.d.) Box 4 Folder 6
        • Geary Theatre (1928-1956) Box 4 Folder 7 Box 8 Folder 18
        • Grand Opera House (1884 March 22) Box 8 Folder 17
        • Great China Theatre (n.d.) Box 4 Folder 8
        • Maguire's New Theatre (1875) Box 4 Folder 9
        • Maguire's Opera House (1863 August 27) Box 4 Folder 10
        • Mercantile Library Hall (1871) Box 4 Folder 11
        • New California Theatre (1869) Box 4 Folder 12
        • Platt's Music Hall (1867-1871) Box 4 Folder 13
        • Playhouse Repertory Theatre (1956 December 31) Box 4 Folder 14
        • President's Theatre (1930 October 19) Box 4 Folder 15
        • Stage Door Theatre (1946 September 30) Box 4 Folder 16
        • Theatre Arts (n.d.) Box 4 Folder 17
        • Veteran's Auditorium (n.d.) Box 4 Folder 18
        • War Memorial Opera House (1933-1950) Box 4 Folder 19
      • Hollywood theatres
        • Philharmonic Auditorium Box 10 Folder 3
        • Florentine Gardens Box 10 Folder 5
        • Hollywood Misc. Box 10 Folder 6
      • Burlingame theatres
        • Hyatt Music Theatre Box 10 Folder 4
      • Los Angeles theatres
        • Spreckels Theatre (1924) Box 10 Folder 7
        • Los Angeles Theatre Box 10 Folder 8
        • "New" Los Angeles Theater (1897) Box 10 Folder 9
        • Biltmore Theatre Box 10 Folder 10
        • Philharmonic Auditorium Box 10 Folder 33
        • Universal Light Opera Box 10 Folder 34
        • Greek Theatre in Griffith Park Box 10 Folder 35
        • Civic Light Opera Box 10 Folder 36
      • Oakland theatres
        • MacDonouch Theatre Box 10 Folder 11
        • Oakland Auditorium Theatre Box 10 Folder 12
        • Univ. of CA. Berkeley Greek Theatre (1906) Box 10 Folder 32
      • Palo Alto theatres
        • Auditorium Memorial Hall Box 10 Folder 13
      • Point Loma theatres
        • The Greek Theater Box 10 Folder 14
      • Sacramento theatres Box 10 Folder 15
        • Forrest Theater Box 10 Folder 15
        • Sacramento Theater Box 10 Folder 16
      • San Diego theatres
        • The Old Globe Theatre Box 10 Folder 17
      • San Jose theatres
        • Victory Theatre Box 10 Folder 18
        • Roosevelt Junior High School Auditorium (1928) Box 10 Folder 19
        • Misc. San Jose theatres Box 10 Folder 20
        • Old Scottish Rite Temple Box 10 Folder 21
        • California Theatre (1881) Box 10 Folder 22
        • Empire Photo Theatre Box 10 Folder 23
        • Municipal Auditorium Box 10 Folder 24
        • Montgomery Theatre Box 10 Folder 25
        • State Theatre Box 10 Folder 26
        • The Straw Hat Theatre Inc. Box 10 Folder 27
        • Again Goers, Inc. Box 10 Folder 28
      • Santa Barbara theatres
        • Old Spanish Days (1931, 1946) Box 10 Folder 29
      • Santa Monica theatres
        • The Festival Company of Norway: Civic Auditorium Box 10 Folder 30
      • Stanford theatres
        • Standford University (1936) Box 10 Folder 31
      • Stockton theatres
        • Civic Drama Guild of New York (1987) Box 10 Folder 32
    • Massachusetts theatres Box 2 Box 3
      • Boston Garden (1961 May 13) Box 2 Folder 20
      • Boston Museum (1868-1902) Box 2 Folder 21
      • Boston Music Hall (1884 December 6) Box 2 Folder 22
      • Boston Theatre (1821-1914) Box 2 Folder 23 Box 8 Folder 16
      • Castle Square (1912 February 19) Box 2 Folder 24
      • Charles Playhouse (1961-1962) Box 2 Folder 25
      • Colonial Theatre (1901-1961) Box 2 Folder 26
      • Columbia Theatre (1901 December 30) Box 2 Folder 27
      • The Globe (1870-1884) Box 2 Folder 28 Box 8 Folder 17
      • Hollis Theatre (1900-1926) Box 3 Folder 1
      • Horicultural Hall (1856) Box 3 Folder 2
      • Keith Theatre (1901-1912) Box 3 Folder 3
      • Loeb Drama Center (1960) Box 3 Folder 4
      • Majestic Theatre (1903-1913) Box 3 Folder 5
      • Metropolitan Theatre (1961) Box 3 Folder 6
      • Misc. Boston Theatres (1857-1961) Box 2 Folder 29
      • Park Theatre (1902-1914) Box 3 Folder 7
      • Plymouth Theatre (1913 January 27) Box 3 Folder 8
      • Shubert Theatre (1946-1959) Box 3 Folder 9
      • Symphony Hall (1927-1928) Box 3 Folder 10
      • Tremont Theatre (1901-1907) Box 3 Folder 11
      • Wilbur Theatre (1961) Box 3 Folder 12
    • New York theatres
      • New York City theatres
        • Abbey Theatre (1894 February 05) Box 8 Folder 1
        • New York Academy of Music (Brooklyn) (1886-1918) Box 8 Folder 2 Box 6 Folder 1
        • The Adelphi Theatre (1946-1947) Box 6 Folder 2
        • The Alvin Theatre (1938-1962) Box 6 Folder 3
        • Ambassador Theatre (1934-1962) Box 6 Folder 4
        • American Ballet Theatre (1943-1975) Box 6 Folder 5
        • The American Shakespeare Theatre (n.d.) Box 6 Folder 6
        • Anta Theatre (1960 January 30) Box 6 Folder 7
        • The Auditorium (1896 March 12) Box 6 Folder 8
        • Avon Theatre (1934 March 19) Box 6 Folder 9
        • Barbizon-Plaza Hall (n.d.) Box 6 Folder 10
        • Barrymore Theatre (1937) Box 6 Folder 11
        • Belasco Theatre (1922-1958) Box 6 Folder 12
        • Biltmore Theatre (1944-1971) Box 6 Folder 13
        • The Booth Theatre (1937-1972) Box 6 Folder 14
        • Broadhurst Theatre (1925-1974) Box 6 Folder 15
        • The Broadway Theatre (1889-1959) Box 8 Folder 3 Box 6 Folder 16
        • Brooklyn Institute of N.Y. Arts And Sciences (1892-1894) Box 6 Folder 17
        • Brooklyn Theatre (1886-1887) Box 8 Folder 4
        • Burbank Theatre (1901 July 14) Box 6 Folder 18
        • Capitol Theatre (1922 May 7) Box 6 Folder 19
        • Carnegie Hall (1960-1962) Box 6 Folder 20
        • Casino Theatre (1923 October 8) Box 8 Folder 5 Box 6 Folder 21
        • Center Theatre (1941-1943) Box 6 Folder 22
        • Central Theatre (1926 May 10) Box 6 Folder 23 Box 6 Folder 71
        • The Century Theatre (1920-1925) Box 6 Folder 24
        • Circle in the Square Theatre (1972 November) Box 6 Folder 25
        • City Center of New York Music & Drama (1945-1973) Box 6 Folder 26
        • Civic Drama Guild (n.d.) Box 6 Folder 27
        • Civic Repertory Theatre (1934 July 2) Box 6 Folder 28
        • Club Theatre (n.d.) Box 6 Folder 29
        • Columbia Theatre (1892-1894) Box 8 Folder 6
        • Coronet Theatre (1945-1946) Box 6 Folder 30
        • Cort Theatre (1922-1946) Box 6 Folder 31
        • Curran Theatre (n.d.) Box 6 Folder 32
        • Daly's Theatre Box 8 Folder 7
        • Earl Carrol Theatre (1923-1925) Box 6 Folder 33
        • Eden Theatre (1971 March) Box 6 Folder 34
        • Eighty-First Street Theatre (1928) Box 6 Folder 69
        • Eltinge Theatre (1926 June 7) Box 6 Folder 35
        • The Empire Theatre (1926-1950) Box 6 Folder 36
        • Eugene O'Neill Theatre (1962) Box 6 Folder 37
        • F. Rullman Theatre (1905) Box 6 Folder 38
        • Fifth Avenue Theatre (1898 October 24) Box 6 Folder 39
        • 54th Street Theatre (1962 September 24) Box 6 Folder 40
        • Forrest Theatre (1941 December 7) Box 6 Folder 41
        • Forty Fourth Street Theatre (1942-1945) Box 6 Folder 42
        • 46th Street Theatre (1946-1962) Box 6 Folder 43
        • Forty Eighth Street Theatre (1944-1954) Box 6 Folder 44
        • French Casino Theatre (n.d.) Box 7 Folder 48
        • The Fulton Theatre (1934-1951) Box 6 Folder 45
        • Gaiety Theatre (1925 April 6) Box 6 Folder 46
        • Garden Theatre (1891 January 26) Box 6 Folder 47
        • Globe Theatre (1926 March 8) Box 6 Folder 48
        • Guild Theatre (1923-) Box 6 Folder 49
        • Hammerstein's Olympia Theatre (1896 November 23) Box 6 Folder 50
        • Helen Hayes Theatre (1964 April) Box 6 Folder 51
        • Henry Miller's Theatre (1943-1962) Box 6 Folder 52
        • Hippodrome Theatre (1984 February 24) Box 6 Folder 53
        • The Hudson Theatre (1945-1947) Box 6 Folder 54
        • Imperial Theatre (1945-1975) Box 6 Folder 55
        • International Theatre (1946 November 6) Box 6 Folder 56
        • Jimmy Kelly Theatre (n.d.) Box 7 Folder 49
        • John Golden Theatre (1941-1961) Box 6 Folder 57 Box 6 Folder 58
        • Klaw Theatre (1922 November 20) Box 6 Folder 59
        • Knicker Bocker Theatre (1923 October 1) Box 6 Folder 60
        • Little Theatre (1934 February 19) Box 6 Folder 61
        • The Living Theatre (1960-1961) Box 6 Folder 62
        • Longacre Theatre (1934-1962) Box 6 Folder 63
        • Loew's Weekly (1928) Box 6 Folder 68
        • Lunt Fontanne Theatre (1966 December) Box 6 Folder 64
        • The Lyceum Theatre (1887-1962) Box 6 Folder 65
        • Lyric Theatre (1926 March 8) Box 6 Folder 65 Box 6 Folder 66
        • The Ethel Barrymore Theatre (1934-1967) Box 6 Folder 67
        • The Majestic Theatre (1910-1953) Box 7 Folder 1
        • Madison Square Theatre (1887-1890) Box 7 Folder 2
        • Manhattan Opera House (1918) Box 7 Folder 3
        • Mansfield Theatre (1931-1945) Box 7 Folder 4
        • Martin Beck Theatre (1925-1959) Box 7 Folder 5
        • The Mark Hellinger Theatre (1953) Box 7 Folder 6
        • Maxine Elliot's Theatre (1924) Box 7 Folder 7 Box 7 Folder 8
        • Metropolitan Opera House (1887-1953) Box 7 Folder 8 Box 8 Folder 8
        • Mitzi E. Newman Theatre (1977 March) Box 7 Folder 9
        • Morosco Theatre (1924-1972) Box 7 Folder 10
        • The Music Box Theatre (1949-1950) Box 7 Folder 11 Box 7 Folder 12
        • National Theatre (1943-1957) Box 7 Folder 13 Box 7 Folder 14
        • New Amsterdam Theatre (1923 July 9) Box 7 Folder 15
        • The New Century Theatre (1944-1947) Box 7 Folder 16
        • New Montauk Theatre (1911 May 17) Box 7 Folder 17
        • Niblo's Garden Theatre (1893 October 28) Box 8 Folder 9
        • Olympia Theatre (1928) Box 6 Drawer 70
        • Palmer's Theatre (1889-1890) Box 7 Folder 18
        • Paramount Theatre (1927) Box 6 Folder 73
        • Park Theatre (1886-1903) Box 8 Folder 11
        • Phoenix Theatre Box 6 Folder 74
        • The Playhouse (1923-1954) Box 7 Folder 19
        • The Plaza Theatre (1962 January 28) Box 7 Folder 20
        • The Plymouth Theatre (1922-1966) Box 7 Folder 21
        • The President Theatre (1952 March 24) Box 7 Folder 22
        • Provincetown Playhouse (1958 October 1) Box 7 Folder 23
        • Punch & Judy Theatre (1924 January 21) Box 7 Folder 24
        • Radio City Music Hall (1935-1937) Box 7 Folder 25
        • The Republic Theatre (1924 March 24) Box 7 Folder 26
        • Riverside Theatre (1917) Box 7 Folder 27
        • Rockefeller Center (1935-1938) Box 7 Folder 28
        • Royale Theatre (1941-1962) Box 7 Folder 29
        • St. George Theatre (1887) Box 7 Folder 30
        • The St. James' Theatre (1935-1956) Box 7 Folder 31
        • Sam S. Schubert Theatre (1934-1972) Box 7 Folder 32
        • Selwyn Theatre (1924-1950) Box 7 Folder 33
        • Shubert Riviera Theatre (1925 May 25) Box 7 Folder 34
        • Standard Theatre (1887 January 29) Box 8 Folder 12
        • Star Theatre (1884-1890, 1902) Box 8 Folder 24 Box 8 Folder 13
        • The Sutton Theatre (1961) Box 7 Folder 35
        • Theatre de Lys (1961) Box 7 Folder 36
        • Theatre Guild (n.d.) Box 7 Folder 37
        • Third Avenue Theatre (1886 September 04) Box 8 Folder 14
        • Times Square Theatre (1925 March 2) Box 7 Folder 38
        • Union Square Theatre (1887 December 10) Box 8 Folder 15
        • Uris Theatre (1972 November) Box 7 Folder 34
        • Wallack's Theatre (1886-1888) Box 7 Folder 40
        • War Memorial Opera House (1955 August 15) Box 7 Folder 41
        • Weber & Field's Music Hall (1901 April 1) Box 7 Folder 42
        • Windsor Theatre (1942 April 20) Box 7 Folder 43
        • Winter Garden (1922-1966) Box 7 Folder 44 Box 7 Folder 46
        • Ziegfield Theatre (1928-1947) Box 7 Folder 45
      • Poughkeepsie theatres
        • Vassar College Theatre (1880-1913) Box 7 Folder 46
      • New York theatres (1920-1950) Box 7 Folder 47
    • North Carolina theatres (1986)
      • Kirby Theatre Box 6 Folder 72
      • Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus program Box 8 Folder 23
  • Uncategorized Theatres Box 7 Folder 54

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Theatre Programs and Playbills Collection
ID
MS618
Date [inclusive]
1815-1986
Extent
5.96 linear feet  7 document boxes, 2 record cartons, 1 oversized document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives November 2011
Revision Description
 Revised by Stephanie Bennett December 2015
Collection Access
This collection is open for research use. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation Note
Theatre Programs and Playbills Collection (MS 618), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Shakespearean actors and actresses

Occupation(s)

  • Women in the Theatre>United States> Twentieth Century

Subject(s)

  • 19th Century Plays
  • 20th Century Plays
  • Actors--Belgium
  • Actors--Canada
  • Actors--France
  • Actors--Great Britain
  • Actors--Ireland
  • Actors--Italy
  • Actors--Japan
  • Actors--Russia
  • Actors--Scotland
  • Actors--United States
  • International Theatre Programs
  • Plays--Belgium
  • Plays--Canada
  • Plays--England
  • Plays--France
  • Plays--Ireland
  • Plays--Italy
  • Plays--Japan
  • Plays--Russia
  • Plays--Scotland
  • Plays--St Maarten
  • Plays--United Kingdom
  • Plays--United States
  • Theatre Programs

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