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Herbert M. Prentice papers

Title
Herbert M. Prentice papers, 1925-1960.
Author
Prentice, Herbert M, 1890-
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1964-005 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1964-005 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
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Description
38 lin ft. (76 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
Promptbooks.
Note
  • Photographs from identified productions and programs have been removed and placed in the Library's Photographs and Programs files.
  • A complete list of play titles is available in the Theatre Collection's database.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • B.F. Stevens & Brown, Ltd.
Biography (note)
  • Herbert M. Prentice, British producer, director and designer, staged hundreds of plays during his career including many first productions as well as popular revivals.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet:
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1964-005
Author
Prentice, Herbert M, 1890-
Title
Herbert M. Prentice papers, 1925-1960.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The collection is almost entirely bound promptbooks, annotated with notes and cues by Prentice, for the plays he produced. The extensive handwritten staging directions as well as many loose lighting and property plots, cast lists and set design diagrams provide substantial documentation of these productions of the regional British theater in this period (1920s-1950s). There are also some autobiographical writings, notes and drafts for speeches he gave, a small amount of correspondence, mostly with playwrights, photographs from unidentified productions and some photographs of Prentice with colleagues.
Biography
Herbert M. Prentice, British producer, director and designer, staged hundreds of plays during his career including many first productions as well as popular revivals. His focus was on well known playwrights of his time including James Bridie, Noel Coward, St. John Ervine, Ian Hay, Frederick Lonsdale, W. Somerset Maugham, A. A. Milne, Eugene O'Neill, J. B. Priestley, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. He began his career in 1918 at the Little Repertory Theatre in Sheffield and was associated with the Sheffield Repertory Company, the Festival Theatre, Cambridge and the Repertory Theatre, Northampton before being hired as producer by Sir Barry Jackson for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1932. He was at the Birmingham until 1940 and staged many first productions there. During this period he also produced plays at the Malvern Festivals (1934-1937) including SAINT JOAN with Wendy Hiller on the occasion of George Bernard Shaw's 80th birthday. His first London production was ONCE IN A LIFETIME in 1933. In the 1940s and early 1950s he staged plays at the Sheffield, Southport, Stratford-on-Avon, Birmingham, the Civic Theatre at Chesterfield and the Pitlochry Festival. Prior to his tenure at the Birmingham Rep., Prentice designed most of the settings for his productions. He also wrote a few of the stage adaptations he produced, including one for ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on Internet: folder level control.
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Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1964-005
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