Fonds AM1032 - Playhouse Centre of British Columbia fonds

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Playhouse Centre of British Columbia fonds

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  • 18.7 m of textual records
  • ca. 3,600 photographs
  • ca. 700 architectural drawings
  • ca. 150 prints: posters

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The Playhouse Theatre Company was formed to meet the growing demand for live theatre in Vancouver. In 1962 the Vancouver Theatre Centre, was incorporated. Its mandate was to operate a professional repertory theatre, to create a regional theatre centre for B.C., and to provide professional theatre training. In 1969, the Vancouver Theatre Centre and Holiday Theatre, a Vancouver children's theatre group, amalgamated to become the British Columbia Theatre Centre. The children's wing of the theatre, known as Playhouse Holiday, toured extensively throughout the province with programs for elementary and secondary schools. From 1973 to 1979 the Playhouse was reorganized to include a Mainstage Series, a Second Stage for smaller productions, Theatre-in-Education and other education outreach programs for schools, seniors and various special interest and community groups.

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The fonds consists of Board of Directors records (minutes and correspondence), 1965-1986; operational records (correspondence outwards, subject files and administration files), 1965-1986; public relations records (general files, invitations, publicity for individual plays) 1962-1989; productions (notes, correspondence and contracts) 1963-1988; production scripts; personnel records, 1955-1975; and publications 1963-1989. Included within the fonds are programs, handbills, posters, scripts, photographs and plans. There is also material from Playhouse Holiday Theatre, the children's wing of the theatre. The records are organized into 29 series and listed alphabetically by series title.

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Donated by the Playhouse Centre in 1974 and a second donation in 1988. In 2004, the Archives received a third donation from the Playhouse Theatre Company.


  • Includes records from separate accruals formerly identified and described as AM462 and AM1032. These descriptions have been amalgamated into a single fonds; citations for these records should use only AM1032.
  • Photographs in this fonds have been assigned identifiers with the prefix CVA 701; a small number of photographs from Series 6 and Series 26 have been assigned LEG identifiers.

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Access to some records within this fonds are restricted due to Archives policy. Records contain personal information about identifiable individuals including some highly sensitive information. Researchers wanting to access this file must complete an 'Access to restricted records' form. See archivist for details.

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