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  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Title: Joint Stock Theatre Group Archives
    Creator: Joint Stock Theatre Group
    Identifier/Call Number: D-035
    Physical Description: 26.6 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1991
    Abstract: A British experimental theatre group founded in 1974 by Max Stafford-Clark, David Hare, and David Aukin, the Joint Stock Theatre Group was dedicated to developing new writing for the theatre. Workshops set up by William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark resulted in a unique working method which placed actors and director in collaboration with the playwright. The Archives contain business correspondence, financial records, legal documents, photographs, production files, promotional materials, and scripts (published and original prompt copies) of several plays.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

    History

    A British experimental theatre group founded in 1974 by Max Stafford-Clark, David Hare, and David Aukin, the Joint Stock Theatre Group was dedicated to developing new writing for the theatre. Workshops set up by William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark resulted in a unique working method which placed actors and director in collaboration with the playwright.
    In January of 1974, the Joint Stock Theatre Group presented its inaugural production, The Speakers,adapted by William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark from a book by Heathcote Williams. Major productions which followed included Cloud Nine, Epsom Downs, Fanshen, Fen, The Great Celestial Cow, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist,and Sanctuary.The last of Joint Stock's productions, A Child in the Heartand Promised Landwere offered during the 1988-1989 season.
    A revenue client of the Arts Council of Great Britain since 1974, Joint Stock relied heavily on government subsidy to remain financially solvent. Its demise was imminent when, due to general economic woes and changing government policy towards the arts, the company was dropped from the client list. Because the "Joint Stock Method" required an inordinate amount of time to mount a production thus limiting the number of productions annually, and because the company presented mainly new, unproven plays, Joint Stock could not survive financially without Arts Council support. In June of 1991, the Joint Stock Theatre Group Board of Directors gave instructions that the Companies House be informed that the company had ceased to exist and should be struck from the Register of Companies

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Organized into eight series: 1. Financial Records, 2. Photographs, 3. Production Files, 4. Scripts, 5. Clippings, 6. Promotional Materials, 7. Company Business, 8. Sound recordings.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and described by Levi Damon Phillips in October 1993. EAD finding aid created by Sara Gunasekara in March 2004. EAD finding aid updated by Liz Phillips in October 2020.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1992 from the company's executor, Carl Proctor.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joint Stock Theatre Group Archives, D-035, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    English drama -- 20th century
    Experimental theater -- Great Britain
    Joint Stock Theatre Group -- Archives
    Stafford-Clark, Max
    Hare, David, 1947-
    Gaskill, William