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Archer, Rodney (1927-2015) artist and actor

ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: Rodney Archer was an artist and actor, well known in the Spitalfield's community where he lived. Archer collected theatre programmes and souvenir programme booklets from various theatres (primarily London - West End and Fringe theatres - but also Broadway and in the Greater London area) for plays, dance and opera productions. The programmes are predominantly for performances Archer attended between 1953 (his 21st birthday) and his death in 2015, but in one or two instances the programmes date from further back, [1927-2015]. Archer died unexpectedly in 2015.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: Theatre programmes owned by actor and artist Rodney Archer, with souvenir programme booklets from various theatres (primarily London - West End and Fringe theatres - but also Broadway and in the Greater London area) for plays, dance and opera productions. Chiefly of performances which Archer attended between 1953 (his 21st birthday) and his death in 2015, but in one or two instances vintage programmes he collected dating further back, [1927-2015]
Includes:
- Abigail’s Party, Hampstead, [1977]
- After the Fall, Lincoln Center, New York, [1964]
- After Haggerty, Criterion, [1971]
- All for Love, Prospect Theatre Co at the Old Vic, [1977]
- A Long Way from Home, Tricycle, [1991]
- And a Little Love Besides, Salisbury Playhouse, [1972]
- Anna Karenina, Shared Experience theatre company in rep, [1992]
- Another Country, The Queen’s, [1982]
- Applause, Her Majesty’s, [1972]
- As You Like It, Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company, [1994]
- Auntie Mame, Adelphi, [1958]
- Baal, Phoenix, [1963]
- The Bed Before Yesterday, Lyric, [1976]
- Bent, Royal Court, 1979
- Bent, Garrick (National Theatre production transfer), [1990]
- The Beaux’ Strategem, Lyric, [1927]
- The Black Macbeth, Roundhouse, [1972]
- The Boyfriend, Old Vic, [1984]
- The Boys in the Band, Wyndham’s, [1969]
- Brecht on Brecht, Royal Court, [1962]
- Captain Brassbound’s Conversion, Cambridge Theatre, [1971]
- The Caretaker, Operating Theatre Company, [c. 1984]
- Cats, New London Theatre, [1981]
- The Cherry Orchard, Aldwych, [1964]
- The Clandestine Marriage, Savoy, [1975]
- The Collection, Aldwych, [1962]
- The Country Wife, National, [1977]
- Cycle Sluts, Broadway Theatre, Maida Vale, London, [1976]
- The Dance of Death, National, [1967]
- Dancing at Lughnasa, Phoenix, [1991]
- Dara, National, [2015]
- Diamond Lil, Prince of Wales, [1948]
- Diary of a Madman, Royal Court, [1963]
- The Dirtiest Show in Town, Duchess Theatre, [1971]. See also Box 4 of 4 for oversized programme of photographs for this production
- The Dock Brief and The Dumb Waiter, New Globe Mile End, [c. 1980]
- The Double Dealer, National, [1978]
- Dracula, Shaftesbury, [1978]
- Dreaming, Queens Theatre, [1999]
- Edward II (in rep with Richard II), Prospect Theatre Co at the Mermaid, [1969]
- Endgame, Royal Court, [1976]
- Enemies, Aldwych, [1971]
- The Father, Piccadilly, [1964]
- Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Operating Theatre Company, [c. 1985]
- Flowers, Regent Theatre, [1974]
- Forty Years On, Apollo, [1968]
- Giovanni’s Room, The Drill Hall, [1996]
- A Girl Called Jo, Piccadilly, [1955] 
- The Glass Menagerie, Operating Theatre Company, [c. 1985]
- La Grande Eugene, The Round House, [1976]
- Greek, Half Moon, [c. 1980]
- Guys and Dolls, Donmar production at the Piccadilly, [2006]
- Gypsy, Piccadilly, [1973]
- Gypsy, Savoy, [2015]
- Hamlet, Almeida, [1995]
- Hamlet, Young Vic, [2000]
- Hedda Gabler, St Martin’s, [1964]
- Hot Fondue, GBS Theatre, [c. 1989]
- The Importance of Being Earnest, Haymarket, [1968]
- The Importance of Being Earnest, Harold Pinter Theatre, [2014]
- I Must Be Talking to My Friends, Aldwych, [1963] 
- In the Summer House, Lyric, [1993]
- The Jew of Malta, RSC Barbican, [1988]
- Kentucky Fried Christian, Operating Theatre Company, [c. 1985]
- The King and I, Drury Lane, [1953]
- King Lear, Aldwych, [1962]
- King Lear, RSC, [1994]
- The Knickers, Lyric, [c. 1968]
- Krapp’s Last Tape, Royal Court, [c. 1974]
- The Lady’s Not for Burning, Old Vic, [1978]
- Life Class, Royal Court, [1974]
- Long Day’s Journey into Night, National, [c. 1973]
- Lorenzaccio, National, [c. 1982]
- Love’s Labours Lost, Arundel Festival, [1986]
- Lunch with Marlene, New End Theatre, [2008]
- Macbeth, National, [1978]
- The Magistrate, Cambridge Theatre, [1969]
- Man and Boy, Queen’s Theatre, [1963]
- Man and Superman, Vaudeville, [1966]
- Man and Superman, Garrick, [1966]
- Marlene, Lyric, [1997]
- Mary, Mary, Queen’s Theatre, [1963]
- Master Olof, European Stage Company, [c. 1992]
- The Matchmaker, The Method Studio, [c. 2004]
- Measure for Measure, RSC, [1970]
- Metamorphosis, Mermaid Theatre, [1986]
- The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Lyric, [1997]
- Morning’s at Seven, Lyceum, Broadway, [1982]
- The Mother, The Round House, [1973]
- My Darling Daisy, Lyric, [1970]
- My Fat Friend, Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, [c. 1968]
- New Girl in Town, [46th Street Theater, Broadway], [c. 1957]
- Oh! Calcutta!, The Round House, [c. 1970]
- Oh What a Lovely War, Wyndham’s, [1963]
- The Old Vic Company, Royal Alexandra Theatre, [1956]
- The Old Vic Company, Royal Alexandra Theatre, [1958]
- Offending the Audience, The Other Company, [1972]
- Oresteia, Barbican, [1998]
- Othello, National, [1964]
- Pal Joey, Albery, [1980]
- Les Parents Terribles, National, [1994]
- People, National production at Milton Keynes Theatre, [2013]
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lyric, [1994]
- Poor Bitos, Duke of York’s, [1964]
- The Prisoners of War, New End Theatre, [c. 1990]
- Private Lives, Duke of York’s, [1963]
- Private Lives, Queen’s Theatre, [1972]
- Private Lives, Duchess, [1980]
- Private Lives, Aldwych, [1990]
- Public, Theatre Royal Stratford East, [1988]
- Queztalcoatl, The Round House, [1972]
- Radiator, The Round House, [1979]
- Richard II, National, [1995]
- Richard II (in rep with Coriolanus), Almeida, [2000]
- Richard III, National, [c. 1990]
- Rick’s Bar Casablanca, Whitehall Theatre, [1991]
- The Rivals, National, [1983]
- Romeo and Juliet, Guildhall School of Drama, [1986]
- The Ruined Maid, May Fair Theatre, [1968]
- Ruth Draper, Vaudeville Theatre, [1937]
- Say Nothing, Theatre Royal Stratford, [1962]
- The School for Scandal, New Theatre (Old Vic Company), [1949]
- The School for Scandal, Crest Theatre, [1956]
- The School for Scandal, Haymarket, [1962]
- The Seagull, Queen’s Theatre, [1964]
- The Seagull, Queen’s Theatre, [1985]
- The Seagull, National, [2006]
- The Secret of Jack the Ripper, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, [1978]
- Semi-detached, Saville, [1962]
- Semi-monde, Lyric, [2001]
- She Stoops to Conquer, Lyric, [c. 1928]
- Show Boat, Adelphi, [c. 1970]
- Sixty Glorious Years, City Lit, [1979]
- Son of Oblomov, Comedy Theatre, [1964]
- The Spoils of Poynton, May Fair Theatre, [1969]
- The Street of Crocodiles, Theatre de Complicite [company], [1994]
- A Streetcar Named Desire, Aldwych, [1949]
- The Storm, National, [1966]
- Sweeney Todd, Drury Lane, [1980]
- Tamburlaine, Old Vic, [1951]
- A Taste of Honey, Royal Alexandra Theatre, [1961]
- The Tempest, Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey, [1971]
- Theatre of Blood, National, [2005]
- Three Months, Duchess Theatre, [1970]
- Tis Pity She’s a Whore, National, [1988]
- Too Clever by Half, Old Vic, [1988]
- Trinidad Sisters, Donmar Warehouse/Tricycle Theatre, [1988]
- Uncle Vanya, Royal Court, [1970]
- Venice Preserv’d, National, [1984]
- Volpone, Ryerson Institute, Canada (student production), [c. 1959]
- The White Devil, National, [c. 1970]
- A Wholly Healthy Glasgow, Royal Court, [1988]
-  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Piccadilly, [c. 1964]
- Wielopole Wielopole, Riverside Studios, [1980]
- The Wings of the Dove, Lyric, [1963]
- The Winter’s Tale, RSC (at Christ Church Spitalfields), [1984]
- Woza Albert!, Bloomsbury Theatre, [1982]
- Zykovs, RSC, [1976]

- Beatrice Cenci, Trinity College of Music, [1998]
- The Duenna, University College Opera, [1980]
- HMS Pinafore, Upper Canada College, [c. 1941]
- Iolanthe, Sadler’s Wells, [1971]
- Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Royal Opera House, [1991]
- The Mother of Us All, Trinity College of Music, [1996]
- Patience, ENO, [1975]
- Rusalka, ENO, [1983]
- Shockheaded Peter, Albery, [c. 2003]
- The Turn of the Screw, ENO, [1981]
 
- London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, [1974]
- Toronto Dance Theatre, The Place, [1972]
- Martha Graham Dance Company, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, [1976]
- Nijinsky, Clown of God, London Coliseum, [1972]
- Swan Lake, Piccadilly Theatre, [1996]
- Dear Ralph [Bates] : a Valentine’s day gala, London Palladium, [1993]
- Dear Ralph [Bates] : a Valentine gala, Shaftesbury Theatre, [1994]
- Carol Channing, Drury Lane, [1970]
- Compagnie Madeleine Renaud, Jean-Louis Barrault, Canadian tour, [1952]
- An Evening with Quentin Crisp, May Fair Theatre, [1981]
- Edith Evans : Reading for Pleasure, Playhouse, [c. 1972]
- Edith Evans … and friends, Haymarket, [1974]
- Danny Larue at the Palace, Palace Theatre, [1970]
- An evening with Beatrice Lillie, Globe Theatre (Shaftesbury Ave), [1954]
- Marcel Marceau, Piccadilly, 1962]
- Marcel Marceau, Sadler’s Wells, [c. 1975]
- Marika’s Café Theatre [Marika Rivera], Lyric Studio, [1980]
- Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Old Vic, [c. 2002]
- Performances by leaving students, Drama Centre London, [c. 1988]
- booklet, Stratford Festival Story 1953-1979
- The Dirtiest Show in Town, Duchess Theatre, [1971]. Oversized programme. See also Box 1 of 4

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