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Useful websites on Victorian theatre
Further reading
Theatres involved in the Theatreland project at LMA

WEB SITES

General interest/theatre sites

www.arthurlloyd.co.uk
Site devoted to the life and work of Music Hall star Arthur Lloyd (1839-1904). Extremely comprehensive: includes a timeline for 1801-1912, detailed list of theatres and music halls in the London area, external links and a wealth of background detail.

www.victorianweb.org/index.html
General interest site with a range of articles on Victorian culture and society. Click on ‘Theatre and popular entertainment’ for essays on subjects such as drama and dramatists, music hall, individual figures, genres including melodrama, satire and pantomime. Also:

www.victorianweb.org/mt/theaters/pva234.html
for detailed information on a number of Victorian theatres.

Specific topics

www.mander-and-mitchenson.co.uk/theatres.htm
Website for an extensive theatre collection. Site includes images, brief biographies of individual actors and music hall stars, and a long article on St James’s Theatre.

www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~nainjaun/#Associates
Site devoted to 19 th century playwright and scholar J. R. Planché who wrote many of the most popular plays and pantomimes of the time and worked with Madame Vestris and Charles Mathews. Detailed and scholarly, with good links.


BOOKS

Listings guides

Diana Howard: London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950, The Library Association, 1970

John Earl and Michael Sell (Eds): The Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950: A Gazetteer, A & C Black, 2000


General studies

George Rowell: The Victorian Theatre, 1792-1914: A survey, Cambridge University Press, 1978

Robert D. Hume (Ed): The London Theatre World 1660-1800, Carbondale , 1980

James Roose-Evans: London Theatre from the Globe to the National, Phaidon 1977



Specific subjects

Jane Moody: Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770-1840, Cambridge University Press, 2000

Alan Hyman: The Gaiety Years, Cassell & Co, 1975

Biography of George Edwardes, manager of both Gaiety Theatres in The Strand

Brian Walker (Ed): Frank Matcham, Theatre Architect, Blackstaff Press, 1980

Terence Rees: Theatre Lighting in the Age of Gas, The Society for Theatre Research, London,1978


The theatres listed below are all those for which LMA is currently conserving plans, blueprints or architects’ sketches as part of the Theatrelands project. The collections range from folders of three or four plans to over 200 for the Adelphi, Alhambra, Lyceum and Pavilion theatres.

Once repaired, all these plans are available to be looked at by the public in the London Metropolitan Archive Reading room.

Adelphi
Alhambra

Apollo
Comedy
Criterion
Duke of York
Garrick
Globe
His/Her Majesty’s
Lyceum
Lyric
New Theatre
Olympic
Opera Comique
Palace
Pavilion
Playhouse
Prince of Wales
Royalty
Shaftesbury
St James's
Strand

Terry's
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Tooles
Vaudeville
Winter Gardens
Wyndham

These plans reflect only a fraction of our documents relating to theatres in the Archive. There is also a huge range of items including photographs, letters, prints and engravings, magazine articles, posters and programmes. Whatever your interest, you are welcome to visit us at LMA and explore further.

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