John C. Wilson Theater Collection on Noel Coward
Scope and Contents
The collection, including playscripts, production files, and printed materials, documents the professional collaboration between American producer and director John C. Wilson and British playwright Noel Coward from 1931 to 1955. The collection features scripts for several plays, including Design for Living, Point Valaine, Time Remembered, Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter, Private Lives, Relative Values, Island Fling, and Quadrille. Accompanying production files include correspondence, cast lists, financial records, photographs, and other material. The correspondence, which includes fan mail to Coward, consists chiefly of letters between Wilson and others relating to production. Printed materials include clippings (reviews) and playbills, most for productions in the eastern United States.
- 1931 - 1955
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Restricted Fragile papers in box 5 may be consulted only with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies or photographic prints for reference use have been substituted in the main files.
Conditions Governing Use
The John C. Wilson Theater Collection on Noel Coward is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Frederick W. Hilles Fund, 2008.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by title.
2.92 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
Collection, including playscripts, production files, and printed materials, documenting the professional collaboration between American theater producer and director John C. Wilson and British playwright Noel Coward.
John C. Wilson (1899-1961)
Born in Trenton, New Jersey and educated at Phillips Academy and Yale University, John C. Wilson worked briefly for C. D. Barney & Co. on Wall Street before becoming a producer and director. From the early 1930s to mid 1950s Wilson served as Noel Coward's personal manager and, in 1934, with Coward, Lynn Fontanne, and Alfred Lunt, he established Transatlantic Productions, with exclusive production rights to Coward's plays in the United States. Wilson also served as co-director of the Westport Country Playhouse from the early 1940s to mid 1950s.
- American drama -- 20th Century
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Coward, Noel, 1899-1973
- Dramatists, English -- 20th Century
- English drama -- 20th Century
- Fontanne, Lynn, 1887-1983
- Lunt, Alfred, 1892-1977
- Photographic prints
- Theater -- Production and direction -- United States
- Transatlantic Productions
- Westport Country Playhouse (Organization : Westport, Conn.)
- Wilson, John C., approximately 1899-1961
- Guide to the John C. Wilson Theater Collection on Noel Coward
- by Michael L. Forstrom
- October 23, 2008
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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