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. 

  • 2017

    My fair Lady

    Production Type: Musical

  • 2017

    Can`t Stop The Feeling

    Production Type: Musical/dance

  • 1951

    The Barretts of Wimpole Street

    Production Type: Drama

  • 2017

    Two and Two Make Sex

    Production Type: Comedy/farce

  • 1951

    One Wild Oat

    Production Type:

  • 1951

    Charley's Aunt

    Production Type: Comedy

  • 1951

    Without The Prince

    Production Type:

  • 1951

    The Second Mrs Tanqueray

    Production Type: Drama

  • 1951

    Quiet Week-end

    Production Type:

  • 1951

    The Elephants' Graveyard

    Production Type: Described as "A Brilliant New Comedy"

  • 1951

    Random Harvest

    Production Type: Drama

  • 1951

    Private Lives

    Production Type: Comedy

  • 2017

    Changing Rooms

    Production Type: Comedy/farce

  • 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