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Smith, Brian: The Brian Smith Theatre Programme Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2108 KUAS73
Held at: Kingston University
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Full title: Smith, Brian: The Brian Smith Theatre Programme Collection
Date(s): 1954-2005
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 21 boxes
Name of creator(s): Smith | Brian | 1930-2009 | teacher
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Brian Smith was a mathematics teacher with a passion for the arts. Originally from Australia, he moved to the UK in the early 1950s and work for a short time as a dresser for the theatre before becoming a teacher. Brian regularly visited the theatre and kept the programmes for all the plays, concerts, ballets and events he attended.


Scope and content/abstract:

Brian Smith's collection of theatre programmes, compiled over several decades of visiting a range of theatrical productions in London and the surrounding area. The programmes date from 1954 up until the 2000s and as well as covering productions at theatres all over Londonís West End there are some from New York, Paris, Sydney and Cape Town. Brian enjoyed a wide range of theatre including plays, musicals and variety shows. There is also a large collection of opera, ballet and concert programmes.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order. The programmes are arranged in files alphabetically by theatre (with programmes arranged alphabetically by show title within the files).

Conditions governing access:

Available to view by appointment in the Kingston University Archives and Special Collections search room.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copying may be restricted due to copyright law or to protect the programmes. Please refer all requests for copies to a member of staff.

Finding aids:

A full item catalogue will be available on the archives catalogue at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by a friend of Brian Smith's, to whom the collection passed after his death.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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