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Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1926-06 - 1942-04

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 7/12

Scope and Contents

Papers and correspondence from McKenna's work on the Advisory Committee of the new memorial theatre at Stratford-on-Avon [Warwickshire), with correspondents including: Sir Archibald Flower, Chairman of the Board of Governors (22); Edward Grenfell [later 1st Lord St Just] (6); John Davis; William Bridges-Adams [Director of the Shakespeare Festival]; [Frank] Dudley Docker (2); Guy Dawber [President of the Royal Institute of British Architects] on the competition to find an architect for the new theatre; Harley Granville-Barker on subjects including the funding appeal being too successful at the expense of other projects (8); Sir Charles Holmes [Director of the National Gallery]; Thomas Lamont, Chairman of the American Shakespeare Foundation, on the American funding campaign and difficulties between himself and Flower (12); 1st Lord Burnham; John D Rockefeller; Sir Charles Hyde, owner of the Birmingham Post, on running a press appeal; George Hubbard, editor of the Birmingham Post; Ludford Docker (2); William Wyley; Otto Kahn, Treasurer of the American Shakespeare Foundation (3).

Also includes: theatre accounts; funding appeal literature; festival budget; report by Sir Whitworth Wallis on a new theatre; recommendations of the Advisory Committee; summary of correspondence on funding; copies of correspondence between Flower and Lamont; annual reports of the executive committee; extracts from the Architect and Building News on the building of the theatre; press supplement on the theatre's opening; correspondence on McKenna becoming Treasurer of a memorial fund for Sir Frank Benson [? Director of the Shakespeare Festival].


  • Creation: 1926-06 - 1942-04


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


3 file(s)

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Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1926-32.

Finding aid date

2005-11-30 15:35:26.840000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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