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Re: Haymarket Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0015  Monday, 5 January 1998.

[1]     From:   Michael A. Morrison <
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        Date:   Saturday, 3 Jan 1998 22:52:17 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0011  Q: Haymarket Theatre

[2]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Sunday, 04 Jan 1998 07:59:18 +0000 (HELP)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0011 Q: Haymarket Theatre

[3]     From:   Moray McConnachie <
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        Date:   Sunday, 04 Jan 1998 09:15:39 +0000
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From:           Michael A. Morrison <
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Date:           Saturday, 3 Jan 1998 22:52:17 EST
Subject: 9.0011  Q: Haymarket Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0011  Q: Haymarket Theatre

The Haymarket has an on site archive of production records and so forth,
which can be visited by appointment. It's in the general offices
upstairs. Also, the archivist, Steve Atkinson, is very helpful, though
he is rarely at the theatre itself. I used some of the Haymarket
materials in my book, John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor (Cambridge
'97). I'll see if I can find Steve's address and number for you.

All best,
Michael A. Morrison

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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Sunday, 04 Jan 1998 07:59:18 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 9.0011 Q: Haymarket Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0011 Q: Haymarket Theatre

I can't help with Haymarket ledgers, but I do have a nice thing above my
fireplace; given to me some years ago by the Canadian writer John
Metcalf as payment for writing the "bad poetry" for his two novels
*Going Down Slow* and *General Ludd*, it is a 2'x 2' lifetime admission
ticket to the King's Theatre in the Haymarket, as the theatre was called
in 1797, the date on the document.

It is signed on the reverse by the then "Stage Manager" who was also its
fundraiser, Laurenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's librettist who had left the
composer and gone to London to seek greater fortune. The owner of the
ticket, who had paid L150 for it, sold it to an opportunistic Scot the
following year for L75.

        Harry Hill

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Date:           Sunday, 04 Jan 1998 09:15:39 +0000
Subject: 9.0011  Q: Haymarket Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0011  Q: Haymarket Theatre

The usual way to search the BL via the Web is through the address
http://opac97.bl.uk. *However*, the manuscript catalogues are not online
(indeed, I don't believe they're computerised at all), so, if you can't
visit, I suggest you write to the Keeper of Western Manuscripts at the
BL inquiring about these items, and they will have a look for you. I
suspect the folk at the current Haymarket Theatre might also have some
idea of where things have gone - most big theatres have an archivist.
 

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