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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 12

Drury Lane Theatre financial records


Documents and letters concerning the financial state of the Drury Lane Theatre, the oldest English theater still in use.


  • 1747-1817

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.16 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes a manuscript of financial statements for the theater, several unsigned manuscripts in a clerk's hand of articles of agreement between Willoughby Lacy and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, an autograph letter from Willoughby Lacy to Robert Langford concerning the sale of his share of the theater, a manuscript letter from Richard Brinsley Sheridan concerning the financial straits of the theater, among other documents.

[Note: these MSS. comprise items 186-192 and 199 in I. K. Fletcher's catalogue 134]

Biographical / Historical

The Drury Lane Theatre in London is the oldest English theater still in use.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*49M-216F. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, 12 Lansdown Road, Wimbledon, London, S.W.20; received: 1950 Apr. 7.

Drury Lane Theatre. Drury Lane Theatre financial records, 1747-1817: Guide.
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