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. 

  • 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

  • 1950

    We Took a Cottage

    Production Type: Comedy in three Acts

  • 1950

    The Bread Winner

    Production Type: A comedy in three Acts

  • 2016

    Home at Seven

    Production Type: Murder Mystery

  • 2016

    Time to Shine

    Production Type: Dance Show

  • 2017

    Sleuth

    Production Type: Thriller

  • 2017

    TREASURE ISLAND

    Production Type: Comedy-a riotous romp

  • 2017

    Broadway and Beyond

    Production Type: Musical

  • 2017

    Babe - The Sheep-Pig

    Production Type: Play for children by David Wood

  • 2017

    Look Who`s Talking

    Production Type: Comedy

  • 1949

    The Devil's Disciple

    Production Type: A melodrama in three acts

  • 2017

    Romeo and Juliet (1)

    Production Type: Music/dance

  • 1949

    We at the Crossroads

    Production Type: Drama

  • 2016

    One Vision (1)

    Production Type: Musical/dance

  • 1949

    Suspect

    Production Type: Mystery/drama