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Theatre Programme Collection

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8544

Scope and Contents

Theatre programmes, playbills, postcards of cast members, photographs, newspaper cuttings, magazines, letters, and personal record books, with accompanying explanatory notes, collected by Charles Woods, and including programmes and posters from his own shows as Horace Watson. The programmes are grouped into sets: New Theatre and Theatre Cinema (over 1,000 items), Festival Theatre (c. 100), Arts Theatre (over 2,000), London Theatres (c. 300), and Horace Watson items (c. 50). There is also a card index of play titles, compiled by Woods and updated by his widow.


  • Creation: 1906-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


41 archive box(es) (41 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs C.M. Woods, 1982.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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