Series P1 - Dead Shows

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Dead Shows


  • 1956-2001 (Creation)

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102 boxes (238 volumes, 99 folders, 41 envelopes)See file level descriptions.

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Stage management and technical information, as well as more general information, relating to past opera productions that will not be revived in future. Files may consist of bound Staff Producers' scores, which record the stage movements, translations and music cuts of each production (including any revivals), and usually contain set plans and designs; bound Stage Managers' prompt scores which record the cues (lighting, curtain, electrical, crew and singers') used for 'calling' the show from the side of the stage. Material may also include stage lists and instructions, cast and chorus lists, props lists, weapons lists, wing running lists, set and costume designs, small-scale plans and stage diagrams, production photographs, librettos, call sheets, smoke plots, cue plots, fly plots, scene breakdowns, letters and internal memoranda regarding production meetings and details of production, playbills, programmes, and opening night/good luck cards.

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Arranged alphabetically according to opera title, regardless of definite or indefinite articles; contents of each file in original order.

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Some of the scores are duplicates, made by Staff Directors or Stage Managers for revivals of previous productions. Production material may be re-used for subsequent productions, therefore files may contain material pertaining to several shows.


Preferred citation: P1

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  • Text: P1 (11-112); $q - See file level descriptions..