With traceable roots stretching back to 1720, the Theatre Royal Haymarket is one of the oldest theatres in London. Our archives house a wealth of material charting the theatre’s fascinating history and offering a glimpse into this beautiful building’s past. Below you will find information about some of our current projects.
The Heart of the West End
- We are currently collaborating with Royal Holloway, University of London to bring to the fore the importance of the contribution of the Theatre Royal Haymarket to so many aspects of our history and the future of the West End. In March we hosted ‘The Heart of the West End’ conference in which the past, present and future of the West End was debated and hope to announce further events as part of this collaborative project soon.
Samuel Foote Biography
- Renowned and respected author Ian Kelly will shortly be publishing his book on one of our most celebrated – and infamous – predecessors here at the Theatre Royal Haymarket: Samuel Foote. Foote’s gift for mimicry and satire held all of London society enthralled and appalled in equal measure. His determination to have the Little Theatre in The Hay become a Royal Patent theatre cost him his leg – and eventually his life via one of the most scandalous episodes of Georgian London. Ian’s incredible talent as an author brings Foote and his newly created Theatre Royal Haymarket so vividly to life that you can almost hear him from the stalls. The Theatre Royal Haymarket has been assisting Ian Kelly with his research and look forward to the book’s launch later this year.
The Al Gregg Collection
- The Al Gregg Collection spans the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s history from the early years through to the late Victorian period and is a wonderful source of charming anecdotes and correspondence. The Collection also contains an extensive catalogue of visiting dignitaries and offers a wonderfully evocative snapshot of theatre going over the past three centuries. The Theatre Royal Haymarket is delighted to house and look after this collection on behalf of Mr Gregg.
If you are interested in learning more about our archive programme or would like to make a donation of material to our holdings, please contact the Archive Department on 0207 930 8890