Ref NoMEL/PLA
CollectionMelville Theatre Collection
TitleMaterial relating to plays
Name of creatorMelville, Andrew III, 1912-1988, actor
Datec1843-1946
Extentc1500 items
DescriptionThis section includes advertisements, agreements, assignments, flyers, indentures, letters, licences, lists of plays, parliamentary acts, play texts, posters, press cuttings, programmes, receipts, reports and telegrams. There are also three large scrapbooks, two of which contain material relating specifically to Melville productions and one containing publicity material for various theatrical events. The licences are arranged in chronological order.Also included in this section are a series of pictures mainly taken from The Sketch concerned with pantomimes in London and the Provinces. These show cast members and also details about the pantomime genre.
NotesThe Melvilles were actors and theatre managers. They were involved in the assignment of plays from authors such as Christopher Hazlewood and from theatrical agents such as Harry Wall. The brothers Frederick and Walter Melville wrote their own plays, most notably the ‘Bad Women’ dramas. As part of the production of plays at theatres which the Melvilles managed, they were also involved in the production of publicity material, such as programmes, posters and advertisements.
The 'Bad Woman Dramas' and the other manuscript and typescript texts are in LibrarySearch (http://librarysearch.kent.ac.uk)
Associated PersonWall, Harry, dramatic and musical agent
Hazlewood, Colin Henry, 1823-1875
Lord Chamberlain, licensor of plays
Melville, George, 1824-1898, actor and theatre proprieter (real name George Robbins)
Melville, Andrew, 1853-1896, actor (real name Andrew Robbins)
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (specialcollections@kent.ac.uk).
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