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413500
  • Title
    Sydney John Kay - scrapbooks concerning the Mercury Theatre, 1940s-1950s
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7164/Boxes 1X-2X
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1940s-1950s
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    413500
  • Physical Description
    0.80 metres of textual material (2 volumes in 2 outsize boxes) - clippings, printed, photographs
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    The Mercury Theatre was formed in Sydney in 1946 by Sydney John Kay and Peter Finch. They began by presenting 3 classic European one-act plays. In 1947 Kay designed a folding stage to fit on a truck and the Mercury Mobile Players took classic comedy to audiences in factories, schools, hospitals and public halls. In 1948 Laurence Olivier and Vivien leigh saw Finch in a Moliere play at O'Briens Glass factory. The Mercury theatre ceased operations in 1949 when Finch went to London. Kay revived the theatre in 1952 but was forced to close down in late 1953 owing to financial problems.
  • Scope and Content
    Theatre programs, photographs and newscuttings. Also includes letters from, and photographs of, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
  • Source
    Presented by Tony Kay in 2002
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this manuscript collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian - The material has been extracted from the original scrapbooks and is now loosely interleaved. Some items are also fragile
  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 1002091
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