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Glamorgan Archives
New Theatre, Cardiff, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DTHN

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: New Theatre, Cardiff collection

Short Title: New Theatre, Cardiff, collection

Creation date(s): 1988-1993

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.024 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff


Administrative/Biographical history: The New Theatre was opened in Park Place, Cardiff, Glamorgan, in December 1906, by a London company owned by the actor/manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917). It was designed by the London architects Messrs Runtz and Ford. The theatre could accommodate 2,000 people, and boasted of a stage measuring 76 feet (23 m) by 54 feet (16 m). The theatre was was purchased by Cardiff Corporation in 1969. The theatre was renovated in stages between 1969 and 1976, and again underwent a major refurbishment in 1987-1988. The New Theatre Society provided benefits for regular attendees.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the New Theatre, Cardiff, including: programme for the refurbished New Theatre, 1988; New Theatre Society, membership application form, 1988; notes on the history of the New Theatre, [1980s?]; New Theatre programmes (117 booklets), 1988-1993. There are no records relating to its operation as a private theatre.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to date and type.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the New Theatre, Cardiff at various intervals.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue of records for the New Theatre.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2004

Theatre programmes | Wales | 20th century
Theatres | Wales | Cardiff

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New Theatre (Cardiff, Wales)

Cardiff (Wales)

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