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TQ - Theatre Quarterly Archive

Reference code
Level of description
Theatre Quarterly Archive
Quantity & Format
52 boxes Mixed
Corporate name
Michel Julian Productions
Personal name
Julian, Michel
Theatre Quarterly (journal)
Periodicals -- Publishing
Theatre -- United Kingdom
System of arrangement
TQ material is primarily grouped according to issue number. Thus all material relating to any particular issue is kept together. Theatre Facts and Theatre Checklist form discrete files after they became separate publications in February 1974.

Series TQ/1 Pre-publication material
Series TQ/2 Information and image files
Series TQ/3 General papers and administration
Series TQ/4 Other publications and organisations
Theatre Quarterly
Administrative/Biographical history
Theatre Quarterly [TQ], vol. 1, no. 1, 1971 - vol. 10, no. 10, 1981 was conceived by and for those working in the theatre. The first editors were: Roger Hudson, Catherine Itzen, and Simon Trussler and the journal was based in London.

An important regular feature was Theatrefacts, an international record of important productions, events, and changes in theatre personnel. Theatre Facts began its own separate publication in February 1974, being issued simultaneously with TQ. Thus Theatre Facts 1 appeared at the same time as TQ vol. 4, no 13.

Theatre Checklist, another reference source underpinning feature articles, also began separate publication with TQ's 13th issue.

Towards the end of 1973 TQ's agreement with Eyre Methuen was broken. The magazine became independent and was owned by its three editors. Facing financial difficulties they appealed for help. Assistance was provided by the Arts Council and in June 1974 the University of East Anglia's School of English and American Studies [EAS] began negotiations which culminated in the provision of office space; the provision of a part-time secretary (jointly funded by EAS and other schools); and the provision of a travel grant to ensure an editorial presence at the University.

By 1980 Theatre Quarterly Publication was in serious financial difficulty and was facing liquidation. By the time that TQ ceased publication in 1981 after its 40th issue, Simon Trussler was Editor and Michel Julian was Managing Editor. The Arts Council withdrew its funding. The journal was continued as New Theatre Quarterly vol. 1, 1985-, under the Editorship of Simon Trussler.
Scope and content
The journal 'Theatre Quarterly' was conceived by and for those working in the theatre. The first editors were: Roger Hudson, Catherine Itzen, and Simon Trussler and the journal was based in London. It ran from 1971-1981 and was then continued as 'New Theatre Quarterly'.

The archive contains material used in the publication of 'Theatre Quarterly' and the associated publications of 'Theatre Facts' and 'Theatre Checklist'. It includes contributors' draft articles, corrected galley and page proofs, artwork for articles and covers, photographs, press-cuttings, printed ephemera from promotions, correspondence, and index cards.
Related units of description
A set of Theatre Quarterly journal is held within the University Library for consultation with this archive. The Library also holds issues of Theatre Facts and Theatre Checklist.
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