Playgoers' Club Records, 1884-18921 box (0.25 linear feet).
Founded by Heneage Mandell in 1884, the London Playgoers Club met regularly “to afford members facilities for Critical Theatrical Discussions … in the form of … debate[s].” Playgoers at the time were stereotyped as abrasive at best and dangerous at worst. Mandell and his colleagues sought to rid themselves of this reputation and nurture a relationship between the players and the playgoers.
Contained within this collection are meeting minutes from 1884 to 1892, a list of all members who ran in club elections, as well as a brief handwritten history of the club.
- Theater--Great Britain
- Theater--Societies and clubs--Great Britain
- Playgoers’ Club (London, England)
- Minute books