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Philip de Grouchy's collection of theatre programmes and other ephemera

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-2003

Content Description

This fonds consists of theatre programmes and other ephemera relating to plays taken part in or seen by Philip de Grouchy whilst studying at the University of Edinburgh from 1959 to 1963, and after. The material is arranged in nine "volumes":

  1. Vols I and II: Programmes of plays presented by Edinburgh University Dramatic Society (hereafter E.U.D.S.or "Dramsoc") in which Philip de Grouchy took part or directed, 1959-1964, with photographs, posters and working scripts of some of these.
  2. Vols III and IV: Plays seen between 1959 and 1966, presented by E.U.D.S., and other groups often involving members of "Dramsoc": Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group, the English School, The University Opera Society, E.U. Savoy Opera Group, various University "revue", charity and other ad hoc groups. Also by other local drama organisations such as The Jason Players, The Makars, Community Theatre, and the Scottish Union of Students.
  3. Vols V and VI: Touring professional productions seen by Philip de Grouchy between 1959 and 1963 at the commercial Edinburgh theatres, the King’s, The Royal Lyceum, and the Empire.
  4. Vol VII, 1-16: Operas seen at the King’s Theatre, 1960-1963, by Sadler’s Wells, D’Oyly Carte (Gilbert & Sullivan), and Scottish Opera. Vol. VII, 17: Memories of "Dramsoc", 1959-1964, being Philip de Grouchy’s "Rambling Reminiscences’". Vol. VII, 18-21: Festival Fringe Society brochures, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1966.
  5. Vol. VIII: Plays seen at the Gateway Theatre and the Traverse Theatre Club, 1960-1963.
  6. Vol. IX: Plays acted in or directed by Philip de Grouchy in professional Repertory, 1964 - 1968, with Nottingham Playhouse, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, and Palace Court Theatre, Bournemouth.

The fonds also includes, separately, posters of Julius Caesar, Lady Audley’s Secret, The Birthday Party, The Clandestine Marriage, The Killer, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Father, as well as working scripts of The Waltz of the Toreadors, The Birthday Party, and The Killer.


  • Creation: 1959-1966


Condition Description

Good condition. Rehoused in acid free folders.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Edinburgh in 1940, Philip de Grouchy was educated initially at George Watson's, 1947-49, but mainly in the Midlands, at Solihull School, 1949-1959, then back to the University in Edinburgh, 1959-63, where he graduated with a 2nd class honours degree in History. After a short period in professional 'repertory' theatre, 1964-1968, he had a 30-year teaching career at a sixth-form college in Southampton, 1970-2000. He is now retired.


2 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Philip de Grouchy in October 2020. Accession no. SC-Acc-2020-0082.

Condition Description

Good condition. Rehoused in acid free folders.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in January 2022, using information provided by Philip de Grouchy.

Edinburgh Theatre programmes and English Repertory programmes, posters and scripts collected by Philip de Grouchy, 1959-1966
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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