Special Collections & Archives



Charles Dickens Theatre Collection

This composite collection, compiled by a former Head of Special Collections, Steve Holland, comprises items directly and indirectly linked to the performance of Charles Dickens' works.

These materials illustrate the wide range of productions which were based on Dickens' works. There is also a selection of ephemera which demonstrate the commercial popularity of Dickens performed.

Items in the collection include playbills, publicity postcards, programmes, books, illustrations and cuttings. Much of the material is nineteenth and early twentieth century, but there are also items from the later twentieth century, such as a playbill from the musical Oliver! performed at the Piccadilly Theatre and a handful of items from performances in the twenty-first century.

Dickens on Stage index

In 2012, as part of the celebrations of the bi-centenary of Dickens' birth, we undertook significant work listing, processing and cataloguing the remainder of this collection. This included creating an index of our Dickens holdings by novel.

Collection in brief

Contents: programmes, posters, music, postcards, newspaper cuttings, playscripts and prompt copies
Period: 19th-21st century

Catalogued: yes


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