Title: Workshop Theatre productions, photographs, programmes and an acting text of Etherege's The Man of Mode
Classmark: BC MS 20c Theatre, Workshop Theatre
Main language: English
Size and medium: 1 shelf of mounted photographs and plans, and 3 smaller boxes, photographs, printed material, typescript, and some manuscript.
Collection group(s): English Literature
Comprises miscellaneous theatre programmes for Workshop Theatre productions dated between the early 1970s and 1998, many dozens of black and white and colour photographs of productions, some architect's plans for the Drama Studio, and a few schoolchildren's letters of appreciation following a production in December 1968. Also included is an acting text (director's copy?) of Etherege's The Man of Mode for a production by the University's Workshop Theatre in the 1980s, based on a cut-up copy of John Barnard's 1979 edition of the play (2 vols).
Many of the photographs are mounted on large cardboard sheets, but others are loose.
The University of Leeds Workshop Theatre, which is closely linked with the School of English, started life in 1960 as the drama lecture room, and was transformed into the Workshop Theatre in 1967 by a new building programme. In 1981 it was given extra rented space in the Emmanuel Institute, allowing the creation of the Studio, extended technical facilities, and general teaching space, together with administrative offices. 1988 saw further developments with the creation of a permanent Chair in Drama and Theatre Studies, and the addition of a third playing area, 'The Other Space'. In 2000 the University purchased the Emmanuel Institute and redeveloped it for the Theatre, which reopened there in 2002. Since 1966 the Workshop Theatre has staged hundreds of productions of plays from all over the world, including many written locally.
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