|Description||The Collection relates to the professional life of the actor Eugene Wellesley (c.1883-1970). It contains material from Wellesley's work with the Donald Wolfit Company (founded 1937) such as programmes, press cuttings, autographs from most of the Company, correspondence from Wolfit, fan mail, rehearsal schedules and contracts. This provides a valuable insight into British theatre during World War II, as the Donald Wolfit Company continued to perform during the London blackouts. |
The archive holds some unusual items, notably a Two Gentleman of Verona prompt book full of notes, diagrams, and drawings and paintings of members of the cast. There are book manuscripts for two comic stories, with printed pages, lino-cut print illustrations and lino-cut blocks. In addition, there are postcards and photographs of actors and actresses, a vast collection of press cuttings and programmes spanning 1903 to 1930, and a number of Wellesley's personal items and papers.