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Collection Description

Collection Title
London theatres: M-O (1875-)
A collection of concert programmes from London theatres beginning "M" to "O". Programmes date from 1875 onwards.

The most substantial collections of concert programmes are from the Mermaid Theatre, the Odeon Southgate and the Odeon Swiss Cottage. The Mermaid Theatre programmes feature a number of recitals and concerts from the 1950s and 1960s. These include a costumed recital, recitals featuring Ivor Newton, Leon Goossens and Richard Lewis, an open air concert and some Sunday chamber concerts. There are a number of programmes from orchestral concerts performed at the Odeon, Southgate, including concerts given by the New London Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. There is a substantial number of programmes from concerts given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Odeon, Swiss Cottage in the 1960s. This venue was also used for a concert given by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Other concert programmes in the collection include concerts from the Mercury Theatre, New Coliseum Theatre Harrow, New theatre St. Martin’s Lane, the Lyttelton Theatre and the Oliver Thompson Theatre. The collection includes 2 concert programmes from chamber music concerts at the Mercury Theatre, as part of the Lemare Concerts series in 1937. There is a programme from the premiere of 4 of Britten's folksong arrangement. These were first performed at the Odeon, Southgate on 13/12/42 with Peter Pears as soloist.

The collection also contains many programmes from the New Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, including programmes for plays and opera performances by the Sadler’s Wells opera company. There are a number of programmes for the National Theatre, including performances at the National Film Theatre, Lyttleton Theatre and Olivier Theatre. There are also 8 programmes in the collection for performances of Dido and Aeneas at the Mermaid Theatre in 1951, where the opera seems to have been staged regularly through this year. Programmes from the Opera Comique Theatre include a number of significant programmes associated with Gilbert and Sullivan; these include programmes from the first performance runs of The Sorcerer and HMS Pinafore, and a programme from the first London run of Pirates of Penzance.

Theatres included:
St. Mary Abbots Theatre; St. Martin’s theatre; Mercury theatre; Mermaid theatre; New coliseum theatre; New end theatre; New Olympic theatre; new theatre, St. Martin’s lane; Odeon, Southgate; Odeon theatre, Golders Green; Odeon theatre, Hammersmith; Odeon theatre, Swiss cottage; Oliver Thompson theatre; Olympia; Opera comique; National theatre

Programmes are arranged alphabetically by theatre name, then chronologically.
Date range of collection
1875 -
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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020 7591 4723
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Mon-Fri by appointment
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The CPH collections now form part of the RCM Library. The majority of the concert programme collections are stored off-site so you need to request items before arriving. Requests for programmes are processed on Thursday for delivery to the library the following week. The Library itself is open Monday to Friday during term times and Tuesday to Friday during vacations. We can advise you about our hours when you contact us.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council