Malcolm Morley online

The actor-manager and stage director, Malcolm Morley (1890-1966) owned a collection of about 4,000 items from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries devoted to all aspects of the theatre: play texts, monographs about all aspects of the theatre, from biographies to stagecraft, periodicals, and even programmes.  Senate House Library acquired the collection in 1966, before the advent of computer cataloguing. Now records for all items in the collection are available online. Items can be found in the usual way, by searching for author, title, subject, or by keyword. In addition, it is possible to gain an entire overview of Morley’s collection by searching on “Morley, Malcolm” as a former owner. The new computerised records not only make it far easier to find individual items than hitherto, but throw up such features as the marking up of copies of texts for performance: commonly performed plays such as Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and G.B. Shaw’s Pygmalion, and lesser-known plays such as Rudolf Besier’s The Barretts of Wimpole Street.

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