General interest/theatre sites
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.
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:
for detailed information on a number of Victorian theatres.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Duke of York
Prince of Wales
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
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.