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. 

  • 1964

    The Orchestra of the Ludwig-Georgs-Darmstadt

    Production Type:

  • 1964

    Classical Music Concert

    Production Type: Classical Concert

  • 1965

    Schools' Drama Festivsal Chesterfield RDC

    Production Type:

  • 1965

    Musical Concert

    Production Type:

  • 1952

    Arms And The Man

    Production Type: -

  • 1965

    Overture 'Prince Igor' - Borodin 'Variations on a Theme from Tchaikovsky Suite No 3 in G

    Production Type: Concert

  • 1952

    Uncle Harry

    Production Type: -

  • 1952

    Message For Margaret

    Production Type: A play in three acts

  • 1952

    Merrie England

    Production Type: Opera

  • 2017

    Showcase 2017 Dance.Sing.Drama

    Production Type: Dance/Music

  • 1952

    Jane Eyre

    Production Type: Drama

  • 1975

    Arts Festival

    Production Type: Music/dance/films.An assortment of art related activities.

  • 1966

    A Theatre Evening with Youth

    Production Type: Drama

  • 1952

    A Guardsman's Cup of Tea

    Production Type: -

  • 1966

    HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance

    Production Type: Concert Version

  • 2017

    Let`s be Inspired

    Production Type: Music/dance

  • 1952

    The Man Who Came To Dinner

    Production Type:

  • 1966

    Waiting in the Wings

    Production Type: Comedy