Pomegranate Theatre Archive

The Pomegranate Theatre Archive is spread across three locations - the theatre, Chesterfield Library and Chesterfield Museum. We have made some progress in cross-referencing what is where.

The material stored at the theatre is a mix of old and new material. The principal components are:

Memorabilia kept by the staff over a 60+ year period.The principal elements relate to:

publicity (flyers, posters, promotional advertising, press briefings and newsletters);

productions (scripts, programmes, photographs and press cutttings);

personal mementos (donated personal archive files, photographs, medallions and cups);

miscellaneous items ( sound effects (on records), correspondence and scrapbooks).

We are scrutinising the content of each programme and summarising the key features using a standard form - known as the Programme Review Form (PRF). These forms are listed per decade and those already entered can be accessed on this website. The original programmes are housed currently at the theatre and in temporary storage. They can only be accessed by request.

New material added since 2007 includes:

written memories - freehand notes or brief comments on the back of 'memory postcards';

oral memories - recorded reflections from people who know the theatre from their personal involvement in its life and work.

These memories are being collected from four principal groups:

current and former members of staff;

theatregoers (longstanding and recent);

community performers (principally organisations and societies such as Chesterfield Operatic Society, Chesterfield Playgoers, Peak Performance, the Pomegranate Youth Theatre and various Dance Schools);

professional actors and production directors (most especially those who visit the theatre on a regular basis - e.g. Rumpus Theatre, Tabs Productions and Talking Scarlet). 

 In partnership with Chesterfield Sewing Club various authentic-like custumes, stage props and play artefacts are being added to the theatre or museum collections. These largely arise from supporting local history productions written and designed by the Pomegranate Youth Theatre.

We are also compiling notes on Using theatre archive material and we hope to present these on the site in the near future. 

  • 1951

    Love in Albania

    Production Type: Comedy

  • 1951

    The Heiress

    Production Type: Drama

  • 1951

    The Yeomen of The Guard (or The Merryman and His Maid)

    Production Type: Opera

  • 1951

    Devonshire Cream

    Production Type: Comedy

  • 1951

    Travellers' Joy

    Production Type: Comedy

  • 1951

    Robert's Wife

    Production Type:

  • 2017

    Hairspray

    Production Type: Musical/dance

  • 2017

    Live Breathe Dance. . .!

    Production Type: Musical/dance

  • 2017

    Beauty and the Beast

    Production Type: Pantomime

  • 2017

    Ventoux

    Production Type: Drama

  • 2017

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Production Type: Drama

  • 2017

    U.Dance

    Production Type: Music/dance

  • 2017

    Legally Blonde

    Production Type: Musical

  • 2017

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Production Type: Ballet in 3 acts

  • 1950

    Treasure Island

    Production Type: Christmas Production

  • 1950

    On Monday Next

    Production Type: Comedy

  • 1950

    Misalliance

    Production Type: ?

  • 1950

    Love From a Stranger

    Production Type: Play in three Acts, based on a story by Agatha Christie