CollectionMelville Theatre Collection
TitlePublicity material
Name of creatorMelville, Andrew III, 1912-1988, actor
Extentc1500 items
DescriptionPlays generated a lot of publicity material: there were advertisements, posters and programmes. Printers kept a selection of galleyproofs which the play manager could choose to use in their publicity. These were then made up into postcards, programmes, posters and flyers. These were collected and kept by the Melvilles creating a large selection for many of their plays. The flyers often give a lot of information about cast members including photographs and favourable press reviews are often included.

In this collection there are two large albums full of galleyproofs with some extra material on printing charges and amounts. These are specifically associated with productions of Melville plays, including the Bad Woman Dramas written by Frederick and Walter Melville.

There is also an album of pre play publicity collected by a member of the family for a large number of plays they had seen in 1905. These are not only Melville plays and include interesting items such as the farewell performances of Henry Irving in this year. Many of the items are now encased in archive standard plastic sheets to make their use easier.
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 (
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