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THE RAYMOND MANDER AND JOE MITCHENSON THEATRE COLLECTION

“There is no branch of theatre, broadcasting and television which has not at some time needed to consult them”

Sir Noël Coward

“Its vast array of material is an archive of national importance used by researchers and scholars alike. An unrivalled public and educational service in its own sphere”

Sir Peter Hall

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ANDRE PREVIN, German born conductor, pianist and composer | Sybil Thorndike in Saint Joan, New Theatre, London, 1924

In 1939 Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson were two young actors playing small parts in London and regional theatres. They met in a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at the London Docklands Settlement and discovered they shared a mutual passion for all things theatrical. As a child, Joe Mitchenson (1911 – 1992) would build model theatres whilst Raymond Mander (1911 – 1983) had decided he would like to be a museum curator and would label things with an enthusiasm bordering on obsession – a trait that would prove of great value in the years to come.

ST E P TO E A N D SO N A R E B A CK , 1 9 7 0 , Wi l f red Bra m b e l l and Harr y H C o r b e t t



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M ACBETH, A MY SHUA R D A ND T ITO GOBB I , Roya l Opera H o u se , Covent G arden , 1960

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, BRIAN SHAW AND ANNETTE PAGE, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, 1960 | ROMEO AND JULIET, 1956, YURI ZHDANOV

OTHERWISE ENGAGED, Queen’s Theatre, London, Ian Charleson as Dave | THE LONG AND THE SHORT AND THE TALL, Royal Court Theatre , London 1959, PETER O’TOOLE and ROBERT SHAW



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AL EC G UI N NESS in TH E M A N I N THE WH I TE SU I T, 1951

The M&M Theatre Collection consists of posters, playbills, programmes, engravings, cuttings and photographs of the London and regional theatres, from the earliest days of Drury Lane and Covent Garden to London’s most recent productions. They also hold sections on actors and actresses, designers, dramatists, music hall, variety, circus, dance, opera, singers, composers and world theatre, together with relevant engravings and pictures.

W A LT Z E S F R OM V I E N N A , D ire c t ed b y A l f red Hi t c h c o c k , A l h a m b ra T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 3 1 | R iver s ide N ig h t s , Ly ri c T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 2 6

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N o e l C o w ard and La u ren c e O l ivier in P R I V A T E L I V E S a t t h e P h o eni x T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 3 0



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Back programME cover fo r E N SA ent ertainm ent, ‘ AT YOUR SE RV I C E ’, w it h C h il i B o u c hier, 1 9 4 3 | V E R A LYNN, sh ee t mus ic cover , ‘BE L IKE TH E KE TTL E A ND S I N G ’ | SWE E T CH A R ITY, J u l iet Prows e , P rince o f Wa les Th eatre , Lo nd on, 1967

As well as creating a key resource for the theatrical profession they also contributed to many books, in addition to being authors themselves. Their Theatrical Companions to Coward, Maugham, Shaw and Wagner, books on Music-Hall, Pantomime and Revue, Hamlet through the Ages, The Theatres of London and Lost Theatres of London have become the definitive works on their subjects and demonstrate their meticulous attention to accuracy and detail.

WO ND E R FUL TOWN, SH A NI WA LL I S and co m pany, P R I NC E ’S THEAT R E , Lo nd on, 1955

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Virtually all London theatres, past and present, regional theatres and foreign theatres

E x t eri o r o f A l m eida T h ea t re c ir c a 1 9 7 0 ’ s | E XT E R IO R OF TH E C R IT E R IO N TH EAT R E 1 8 9 8 | TH E E M P I R E TH EATRE, Lond on, P rogramm e , 1 8 9 8 | ALHAMBR A THEAT R E , Lo nd o n, P ro gram m e , 1 8 9 6 | T ICKE TS TO THE AMBA SSA DO RS TH EATRE | CRI TERI ON THEATRE a s a BBC Reco rding St u di o d u ring t he War



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www.arenapal.com The Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection P L A YW R I G HTS Engravings and photographs of playwrights, British and foreign

S o mers et Mau g h a m | Cec ily Ham ilton | TOM STOP PA R D | Tennes s ee Wi ll ia ms

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P L A YS Production pictures of thousands of plays performed in London and regional theatres

VIVIEN LEIGH a s L avinia in T I T U S AND RO NI C U S , str at ford- u pon -Avon 1 9 5 5 | M AC B E T H , J ohn G ielgud a s Macbeth , Piccadilly T h eatre , Lo nd o n , 1 9 4 2 | THR E E S I ST E RS , Mia Farrow a s Irena , Gw en Wat fo rd a s Ma s h a , and J oy Par ker a s Olga , G reenwi c h T h eat re, G reenwi c h , Lo nd on , 1973



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www.arenapal.com The Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection P L A YS A N D MUS I C A LS Production pictures of thousands of plays performed in London and regional theatres

TH R E E S I ST E R S , Marianne Fai t h f u l a s I rina , R o y a l C o u r t T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 6 7 | T h e R o y a l H u n t o f t h e S u n , R o b er t S t ep h en s , O l d V i c , L o nd o n , 1 9 6 4 | R E L A T I V E LY S P E A K I N G , M I CH A E L HO R D E N and C E L I A J OH N SO N , D u k e o f Y o r k ’ s T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 6 7 | D E S E R T SO N G , SYL V I A W E LL I N G and S A N D E R S W A R R E N , A l h a m b ra T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 3 1 | COM P A N Y, Larr y Ken t and Car o l R i c h ard s , Her Maje s t y ’ s T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 7 2 | TH E T E M P E ST, R i c h ard B u r t o n a s Ca l i b an and C l aire B l o o m a s Miranda , O l d V i c T h ea t re , L o nd o n , 1 9 5 3

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A CTO R S A N D A CT R E SS E S Engravings and photographs of actors and actresses, British and foreign, from Burbage onwards

V I V I E N L E I G H | J OH N G I E L G U D | I V O R N O V E LLO | M A R I LY N MO N R O E

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TY RO NE G UTHR I E | Ro b ert Mars den | R ic h ard CLar k

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DESIGNS AND DESIGNERS Pictures of stage and costume designers

A l i x S t o ne , de s igner | Se t dra w ing f o r t h e N a m ing o f M u rderer s R o c k , R o y a l C o u r t, LO N D O N , 1 9 6 0 | C o s t u m e dra w ing f o r Mi k e T o dd ’ s Madi s o n Sq u are G arden P A R TY, N E W YO R K , 1 9 5 7 | C o s t u m e dra w ing f o r O t h e l l o , Sena t e s c ene , S t J a m e s T h ea t re , LO N D O N , 1 9 5 1 | MY FA I R L A DY, Audrey Hepb u rn, ac t ress and ceci l beato n, designer

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www.arenapal.com The Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection COM P OS E R S A N D SO N G W R I T E R S The famous and the hard to find

GUSTAV MAHL ER | ENG E LBE RT HUMP E R D I NCK | R ICH A R D WAG NE R | R ic h ard Ro dne y Benne t t | FR E D E R I C CHO P I N | GIUS EPPE VERDI

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SINGERS From Enrico Caruso to Jess Conrad

J O A N SUTH E R L A N D | K A THL E E N F E R R I E R | M A TT MO N R O | A N N E Z I E G L E R

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www.arenapal.com The Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection D A N C E R S A N D CHO R E O G R A P H E R S From Nijinsky to Nureyev

SWAN LAK E, NI KOL A I FA D EY ECH E V as Prince , B o l s h o i Ba l l et, 1 9 5 6 | J E ROM E ROBB I NS Danc er and c h o reo graph er | TH E MERRIE L ABBOTT G I RLS , 1 9 3 7 | CHOR US G I RLS Paris 1 9 3 0 ’s | P E T R USHKA , DA M E M A RGOT FO N T E Y N anD P ET ER CL EGG, Royal Bal l e t G ala , 1 9 5 7 | ROM EO A ND JULI ET, G A L I N A ULA NOVA and YUR I ZH DANOV, 1956

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MUS I C H A LL A N D V A R I E TY From the hard to find to the most obscure

Fr o n t o f pr o gra m m e f r o m A LH A MB R A TH E A T R E , Lei c e s t er Sq u are , L o nd o n , 1 8 9 4 | M A R I E LLOY D , 1 9 1 0 | V I V I A N V A N D A MM s u rr o u nded b y TH E W I N D M I LL G I R LS , 1 9 4 6

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www.arenapal.com The Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection P A N TOM I M E Principal boys and girls, dames, cows, horses, geese

DICK IE H END E RSO N A ND A RTHUR ASKE Y in BA B ES I N THE WOO D, Bri sto l Hippo dro m e , 1 9 7 5 | C h ristoph er Biggins wearing fairy co st u me | JACK A ND THE BEA NSTALK, D r u ry Lane , Lo nd o n | AL A D D I N, P l ay b il l | SN OW WH IT E AND TH E S E V E N DWA R FS | A NG E L A LA NSBURY in GY PSY, P ic cadil ly T h eat re , Lo nd on, 1973

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SALAD DAYS, PAT HEYWOOD, ALAN DOBIE, DOROTHY REYNOLDS, MICHAEL MEACHAM, NORMAN ROSSINGTON, YVONNE COULETTE, BOB HARRIS, ELEANOR DREW, JOHN WARNER, CHRISTINE FINN, BASIL HENSON, Old Vic Theatre, bRISTOL

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