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Papurau Cwmni Theatr Cymru (Welsh Theatre Company) Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/68

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Title: Papurau Cwmni Theatr Cymru (Welsh Theatre Company) Papers

Short title: Cwmni Theatr Cymru, papurau (papers)

Dates of creation: 1958-1984

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Cwmni Theatr Cymru


Administrative and biographical history: The Welsh Theatre Company was established in Cardiff in 1962 by the Welsh Arts Council under the directorship of Warren Jenkins; most of their productions were in English. Wilbert Lloyd Roberts, Head of Drama at the BBC in Cardiff, had directed Welsh-language productions with a group of Welsh actors jointly employed by the company and the BBC. He left the BBC to become director of the Welsh language section of the company, thereafter known as Cwmni Theatr Cymru, based in Bangor, Caernarfonshire. Cwmni Theatr Cymru was a touring company which played to small, local venues, but in 1975 moved into Theatr Gwynedd. The management of the theatre and company were closely connected. The company formed 'Adran Antur', a group of young actors who wanted to produce work of a more experimental nature, and Cymdeithas Theatr Cymru (The Welsh Theatre Society), to promote Welsh theatre and circulate information through a network of local representatives and area committees. Cwmni Theatr Cymru closed in 1982 due to financial difficulties.


Scope and content: Records of Cwmni Theatr Cymru, 1958-1984, including scripts, [c. 1958]-[c. 1982]; files, 1955-1983; tour reports, 1974-1977; reports, 1965-1978; miscellaneous, 1968-1980; photograph albums, 1965-1981; newspaper cuttings, 1967-1982; and programmes, leaflets and posters, 1958-1984.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: Group One, scripts, files, tour reports, balance books, reports, miscellaneous, photograph albums and newspaper cuttings; and Group Two, posters, leaflets and programmes and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Records closed for 30 years after creation, apart from scripts, photograph albums, newspaper cuttings, leaflets and photographs. The depositors will consider applications from researchers to inspect closed materials; written permission must be obtained. Enquiries should be made to the Caernarfon Record Office.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in English and Welsh, in Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes some related material pre- and post-dating the existince of the Cwmni.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau Cwmni Theatr Cymru (Welsh Theatre Company) Papers, catalogue.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: July 2004



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