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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Oral History Collection
This collection, started in 1985, consists of interviews with actors and staff describing their experiences with the RSC.
This collection, started in 1985, consists of interviews with actors and staff describing their experiences with the RSC.
Date range of collection
01/01/2000 -
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Location Details

Royal Shakespeare Company Collection
The Courtyard Theatre Southern Lane Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB United Kingdom
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Building Information
Grade II*. C.E. Flower conceived of a complex of buildings, including a library, an art gallery and a lecture theatre as well as a theatre. The theatre burnt down in 1928 and was replaced in 1932, but the art gallery, library and lecture theatre survived. The 1932 building is currently undergoing substantial redevelopment work and is due to reopen in 2010.
Collections Overview
The RSC Collection is a development from the Art Gallery and Library that was the brainchild of Charles Edward Flower. He understood that visitors to Stratford should have different ways to enjoy and learn about Shakespeare other than performance, particularly because the theatre was only open a few weeks of each year. The collection illustrates plays and the staging of Shakespeare, and includes a substantial archive that has been deposited in the care of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Display Overview
The Collection was first shown in C.E. Flower's art gallery from 1882 and has been at that location until redevelopment work on the whole site started in 2007. It was substantially redisplayed in 1986 when the Swan Theatre was opened in the same building, behind the RST and the Gallery wing.
Star Objects
Flower portrait of Shakespeare "The Wierd Sisters" by Fuseli Theatre costumes worn by key performers from theatre history between 1950 and the present.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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