Catalogue of papers of Alan Bennett

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Vaila Holbourn and Matthew Neely

2010

Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Diaries, 1965-2006
    A.1  Published extracts of diaries, 1979-2006
B    Literary papers, 1961-2009
    B.1  Notebooks of notes of ideas and dialogue, 1961-[1983?], n.d.
    B.2  Articles, short fiction, talks and compilations, 1958-2007
C    Theatre programmes, 1961-2008
D    Audio-visual material, 1978-9
E    Original box file labels and annotated folders, [c.1960s-2008]
F    Photographs


Papers of Alan Bennett, 1936-2009

Abstract:
Diaries, scripts, short stories, articles, theatre programmes, audio-visual material and original box labels and folders.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 1-195, MSS. Bennett digital 1-193, MS. Photogr. c. 471
Extent: 196 shelfmarks [paper], 193 shelfmarks [digital]
Language of Material: English, German

Biographical History

Alan Bennett was born on 9 May 1934 in Armley, Leeds. He attended Leeds Modern School. During his National Service he studied Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists at Cambridge and Bodmin. Although he had already secured a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge for after his National Service, he then applied for a scholarship to Oxford and was accepted to Exeter College. He received a First class degree in history in 1957 and began an academic career in Medieval History as a junior lecturer at Magdalen College.

He had appeared in various revues while at Oxford and in Aug. 1960, along with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore, he wrote and appeared in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, first performed at the Edinburgh Festival. He carried on with his research career while appearing in the revue, even when the show transferred to London and then New York. Later he also wrote and appeared in My Father Knew Lloyd George and the sketch show On the Margin for the BBC.

His first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968 with Sir John Gielgud and his first television play, A Day Out, was directed by Stephen Frears in 1972. He has continued to write plays and work for television and radio, while also adapting his own and others work for the stage and film. He has worked with directors such as Patrick Garland, John Schlesinger, Lindsay Anderson and more recently Nick Hytner. He is perhaps best known for his series of monologues Talking Heads, which was placed on the A-level English syllabus. He also continues to act and his voice is well known to many young children from his recordings of classic children's stories.

Extracts from his diaries are published every year in the London Review of Books and have also been published in book form, collecting together other articles and pieces he has written over the years. Many of his stories also come from his own experience, such as The Lady in the Van, based on the story of a woman who lived in his driveway for more than 15 years. His work also often features real-life figures such as Guy Burgess, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust and George III. He has also written and presented documentaries on literature, art and architecture.

In 1994 his film adaptation of his play, The Madness of George III was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 2005 his play The History Boys won three Laurence Olivier Awards, the Critic's Circle Theatre Award, an Evening Standard Award, six Tony Awards and he received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.

In 1987 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College and in 1990 he was awarded a D.Litt by the University of Leeds. He was also a trustee of the National Gallery from 1993 to 1998.

Scope and Content

The papers include engagement books, diaries, scripts and associated papers, short stories, articles, compilations, theatre programmes, audio-visual material and original file labels and annotated folders.

Arrangement

Material has been arranged chronologically except where indicated.

Digital transcriptions of the personal diaries were made by a secretary in the 1990s and for the purposes of this catalogue, the function of the digital records has taken priority over format, and so descriptions of digital records have been integrated with their paper counterparts, and are identified by the shelfmark ''MS. Bennett digital'.

Custodial History

Papers received direct from donor.

Acquisition

Donated by Alan Bennett, 2008.

Restrictions on Access

Some material is Closed and this is noted in the catalogue.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bennett 1, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA RULES)

Bennett | Alan | b 1934 | author and playwright

Subjects (LCSH)

Dramatists, English -- 20th century
Dramatists, English -- 21st century
Diaries -- 20th century
Diaries -- 21st century

A   Diaries, 1965-2006

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 1-86, MSS. Bennett digital 1-191


Scope and Content:

Diaries including engagement books, personal diaries and extracts published in various periodicals, plus related correspondence and newspaper cuttings.

A.1   Published extracts of diaries, 1979-2006

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 70-86, MS. Bennett digital 192


Scope and Content:

Extracts from personal diaries published in various periodicals, mainly in the London Review of Books (aka LRB). Consists of typed and handwritten sheets, copies of type set versions and newspaper cuttings of published versions, mainly found within the Personal diary for each year. Often annotated by Alan Bennett and on occasion by proof reader.

For further copies of published extracts of diaries please see material collected for Writing Home, MS. Bennett 178 for 1979-90 and material for Untold Stories, MS. Bennett 174 for 1993-2003.


Diary extracts for Jan.-July 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 70
Extent: 7 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed diary entries titled "Rough LRB extracts", annotated by Alan Bennett.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Oct. 1983
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 71
Extent: 14 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed and handwritten diary entries titled "LRB notes", annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus newspaper cutting of diary printed in the London Review of Books on 16 Feb. 1984.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Sept. 1986
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 72
Extent: 31 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed diary entries for 1986 briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Nov. 1987
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 73
Extent: 19 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed diary entries titled "Rough Draft of Diary Extracts published in LRB", annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus newspaper cutting of diary printed in the London Review of Books on 10 Dec. 1987.


Diary extracts for Mar. 1988
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 74
Extent: 4 leaves

Scope and Content:

Newspaper cutting of article titled "My Week" by Alan Bennett published in The Independent on 24 Mar. 1988.


Diary extracts for trip to Moscow, May 1988
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 75
Extent: 44 leaves

Scope and Content:

Handwritten notes on trip to Russia, plus typed version of diary entries, plus another typed version annotated by Alan Bennett and proof reader. Plus newspaper cutting of version published in the London Review of Books on 15 Sept. 1988.


Born digital transcript of personal diary for visit to Russia, May 1988
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett digital 192
Extent: 1 item

Diary extracts for Feb.-Dec. 1989
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 76
Extent: 10 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed diary entries, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus newspaper cutting of version published in the London Review of Books on 11 Jan. 1990.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Dec. 1990
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 77
Extent: 4 leaves

Scope and Content:

Copy of the London Review of Books from 25 Jan. 1991 featuring diary extracts for 1990.


Diary extracts for Mar.-Aug. 1994
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 78
Extent: 6 leaves

Scope and Content:

Photocopies of typed diary entries, annotated by Alan Bennett.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Dec. 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 79
Extent: 23 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed diary entries, annotated by Alan Bennett.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Dec. 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 80
Extent: 48 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed and handwritten diary entries, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus copy of the London Review of Books from 2 Jan. 1997, featuring diary extracts, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus three postcards of paintings from Venice, found pinned here.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Dec. 1997
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 81
Extent: 44 leaves

Scope and Content:

Photocopies of typed diary entries, annotated by Alan Bennett and proof reader. Plus newspaper cutting of version printed in the London Review of Books on 1 Jan. 1998.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Dec. 1998
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 82
Extent: 35 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed version of diary entries annotated by Alan Bennett and proof reader. Plus type set version dated 11 Nov. 1998, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus photocopy of version printed in the London Review of Books on 21 Jan. 1999, annotated by Alan Bennett.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Oct. 2003
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 83
Extent: 36 leaves

Scope and Content:

Handwritten and typed diary entries, annotated by Alan Bennett.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Dec. 2004
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 84
Extent: 73 leaves

Scope and Content:

Handwritten diary entries, plus typed version annotated by Alan Bennett. Type set version of diary entries annotated by Alan Bennett, dated 10 Dec. 2004.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Dec. 2005
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 85
Extent: 43 leaves

Scope and Content:

Photocopy of typed version of diary entries, plus typeset version annotated by Alan Bennett, dated 9 Dec. 2005.


Diary extracts for Jan.-Nov. 2006
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 86
Extent: 67 leaves

Scope and Content:

Handwritten and typed diary entries, annotated by Alan Bennett.

B   Literary papers, 1961-2009

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 87-186


Scope and Content:

Writing by Alan Bennett including scripts, short stories, articles and published compilations. Also includes small amount of related correspondence and other papers originally found with this material.

B.1   Notebooks of notes of ideas and dialogue, 1961-[1983?], n.d.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 87/1-45


Scope and Content:

With occassional newspaper cuttings pasted into them. Some are water damaged and / or difficult to decipher. Most have been annotated in the first page to record that the contents has been transcribed by Alan Bennett between 1996 and 1997.


Notebook, Mar. 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/1
Extent: 84 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/1
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/2
Extent: 11 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fol. 1) leaf removed from fol. 1.
  • (fol. 2) leaf removed from fol. 3.
  • (fol. 3) leaf removed from fol. 13.
  • (fol. 4) leaf removed from fol. 14.
  • (fols. 5-11) leaves removed from fol. 44.

Notebook, May 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/3
Extent: 34 leaves

Notebook, c. 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/4
Extent: 63 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/4
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/5
Extent: 2 leaves

Scope and Content:

The leaves were removed from fol. 63.`


Notebook, Aug. 1966
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/6
Extent: 59 leaves

Notebook, c. 1966
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/7
Extent: 60 leaves

Notebook, May 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/8
Extent: 69 leaves

Notebook, July 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/9
Extent: 61 leaves

Notebook, 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/10
Extent: 51 leaves

Notebook, c. 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/11
Extent: 61 leaves

Notebook, [Dec. 1969]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/12
Extent: 33 leaves

Notebook, [1972?]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/13
Extent: 55 leaves

Notebook, June 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/14
Extent: 36 leaves

Notebook, 1974
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/15
Extent: 35 leaves

Notebook, [c. 1974?]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/16
Extent:

Notebook, 1974-5
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/17
Extent: 48 leaves

Notebook, Feb. 1976
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/18
Extent: 48 leaves

Notebook, [c. Mar. 1977]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/19
Extent: 33 leaves

Notebook, May 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/20
Extent: 33 leaves

Notebook, 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/21
Extent: 28 leaves

Notebook, [c. Apr. 1978]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/22
Extent: 36 leaves

Notebook, Dec. 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/23
Extent: 53 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/23
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/24
Extent: 2 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fol.1 ) leaf removed from fol. 2
  • (fol. 2) newspaper cutting removed from fol. 17v.

Notebook, Dec. 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/25
Extent: 35 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/25
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/26
Extent: 3 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fol. 1) newspaper cutting removed from fol. 9.
  • (fol. 2) leaf removed from fol. 10.
  • (fol. 3) newspaper cutting removed from fol. 35

Notebook, Dec. 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/27
Extent: 48 leaves

Notebook, Dec. 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/28
Extent: 47 leaves

Notebook, Dec. 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/29
Extent: 36 leaves

Notebook, [c. Aug. 1981?]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/30
Extent: 36 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/30
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/31
Extent: 2 leaves

Scope and Content:

The papers were removed from fol. 2r-v.


Notebook, [Dec. 1981]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/32
Extent: 33 leaves

Notebook, [c. Dec. 1981?]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/33
Extent: 37 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/33
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/34
Extent: 5 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-5) leaves removed from fol. 2.
  • (fol. 5) leaf removed from fol. 31

Notebook, [May 1983?]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/35
Extent: 49 leaves

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/36
Extent: 58 leaves

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/37
Extent: 96 leaves

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/38
Extent: 37 leaves

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/39
Extent: 71 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/39
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/40
Extent: 2 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fol. 1 ) newspaper cutting removed from fol. 2.
  • (fol. 2) leaf removed from fol. 71.

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/41
Extent: 87 leaves

Loose papers removed from MS. Bennett 87/41
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/42
Extent: 6 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fol. 1) leaf removed from fol. 38.
  • (fols. 2-6) leaves removed from fol. 87.

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/43
Extent: 34 leaves

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/44
Extent: 34 leaves

Notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 87/45
Extent: 77 leaves

B.2   Articles, short fiction, talks and compilations, 1958-2007

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 169-86


Scope and Content:

Texts for compilations of writing by Alan Bennett: Writing Home and Untold Stories; short fiction including The Uncommon Reader; various articles and book reviews. Also found here is other material that was included within the published compilations, such as texts of talks given in person.

Arrangement:

Material has been arranged chronologically according to the earliest material in each file, except where indicated.



Papers 1958-97
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 169
Extent: 273 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Closed.

Book reviews by Alan Bennett, 1964-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 170
Extent: 105 leaves

Scope and Content:

Handwritten, typed and photocopies of published book reviews written by Alan Bennett of other's work. Some reviews also appeared in the published compilations of his work, Writing Home and Untold Stories, see also MSS. Bennett 172-6, 178.

  • (fols. 1-12) Newspaper cutting of review by Alan Bennett of The Governance of Mediaeval England from the Conquest to Magna Carta by H.G. Richardson and G.O. Sayles, published in the New York Review on 19 Mar. 1964.
  • (fols. 13-23) Photocopy of proof of review by Alan Bennett of An Actor and his Time by John Gielgud, published in the London Review of Books on 20 Dec. 1979, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 24-47) Typed text of review by Alan Bennett of Forms of Talk by Erving Goffman, published in the London Review of Books on 15 Oct. 1981, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus photocopy of published version.
  • (fols. 48-51) Copy of the London Review of Books from 3 Dec. 1981, featuring review by Alan Bennett of A Better Class of Person by John Osborne. This copy also features the text of comedy sketch "Men's Talk" by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 52-90) Typed and handwritten text titled "Sucks to Auden / The Wrong Blond / LRB" regarding review of Auden in Love by Dorothy Farnan, first published in the London Review of Books on 23 May 1985, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus copy of published version and letter from editor.
  • (fols. 91-105) Handwritten and typed text regarding notes written in 1996 and 2005 on The Fatal Englishman by Sebastian Faulks.

Papers relating to Russell Harty, 1965-88
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 171
Extent: 127 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • (fols. 1-24) Letters from Russell Harty to Alan Bennett, 1965-1967.
  • (fols. 25-30) Newspaper cuttings of Russell Harty's obituary from June 1988.
  • (fols. 31-42) Letter from Roger Cary regarding Alan Bennett's article about Russell Harty, dated 22 Sept. 1988. Plus lunch invitations for after ceremony and copy of Order of Service from A Celebration of the life and work of Russell Harty on 11 Oct. 1988.
  • (fols. 43-127) Two drafts of typed text of article by Alan Bennett about Russell Harty, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus copy of version published in The Listener on 20 Oct. 1988.

Material for Untold Stories, [c.1995-2005]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 172
Extent: 75 leaves

Scope and Content:

Material gathered together for Untold Stories, first published in 2005. Includes copies of articles originally first published elsewhere and material that did not appear in the final published version.

Arrangement:

Material here has been arranged here to reflect the sections of the published book:


  • (fols. 1-14) Various drafts of contents page, plus letters from publisher dated 1995.
  • (fols. 15-29) Two drafts of Introduction.
  • (fols. 30-75) Bundle of various notes regarding his family

Material for Untold Stories, c.2001
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 173
Extent: 595 leaves

Scope and Content:

Continued from MS. Bennett 172.

Three versions of typed text titled "Untold Stories", annotated by Alan Bennett. One dated Nov. 2001.


Material for Untold Stories, 1993-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 174
Extent: 493 leaves

Scope and Content:

Continued from MS. Bennett 173.

  • (fols. 1-15) Bundle of notes for "Written on the Body", mainly article titled "Shy".
  • (fols. 16-89) Two versions of typed text of "Seeing Stars", titled "Fuller version" and "LRB version", published in the London Review of Books on 3 Jan. 2002.
  • (fols. 90-247) Material for published book section, Diaries. For more published extracts of diaries, see MSS. Bennett 70-86, MS Bennett digital 192.
    • (fols. 90-127) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 1993 from the London Review of Books from 16 Dec. 1993. Plus photocopies of 1993-5 diary extracts published in later editions of Writing Home.
    • (fols. 128-31) Typed text of Introduction to Diary section, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 144-8) Photocopy of newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 1996 from the London Review of Books from 2 Jan. 1997.
    • (fols. 149-62) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 1997 from the London Review of Books from 1 Jan. 1998.
    • (fols. 163-75) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 1998 from the London Review of Books from 21 Jan. 1999. Plus one typed sheet for 24 Dec. 1998, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 176-87) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 1999 from the London Review of Books from 20 Jan. 2000.
    • (fols. 188-201) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 2000 from the London Review of Books from 25 Jan. 2001.
    • (fols. 202-23) Typed text of diary extracts for 2001, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 224-33) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 2002 from the London Review of Books from 2 Jan. 2003.
    • (fols. 234-45) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts for 2003 from the London Review of Books from 8 Jan. 2004.
  • (fols. 248-81) Material for published book section headed "Theatre and Plays":
    • (fols. 248-51) Photocopy of article about The National Theatre, dated April 2001.
    • (fols. 252-81) Typed text about The History Boys, annotated by unknown hand.
  • (fols. 282-493) Material for published book section headed "Radio and TV":
    • (fols. 282-300) Two version of typed text of "Hymn", one titled "final", annotated by unknown hand and Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 301-23) Three versions of typed text of "Cheeky Chappies" titled "Radio Comedy", undated, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 324-83) Four versions of typed script for The Last of the Sun titled "June 2002". Plus related letter from BBC.
    • (fols. 384-468) Bundle of papers relating to Thora Hird, including obituaries.
    • (fols. 469-89) Typed text of article about Thora Hird and text of the Memorial Service address.
    • (fols. 490-3) Newspaper cutting of article about Lindsay Anderson from the London Review of Books from 20 July 2000.

Material for Untold Stories, c.1991-2003
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 175
Extent: 448 leaves

Scope and Content:

Continued from MS. Bennett 174.

  • (fols. 1-258) Material for published book section headed "Art, Architecture and Authors":
    • (fols. 1-65) Two versions of typed text of "Going to the Pictures", annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 66-145) Typed text of "Spoiled for Choice" and newspaper cutting of same article from the London Review of Books from 2 Apr. 1998.
    • (fols. 146-63) Photocopy of article titled "Portrait or Bust", briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 164-72) Typed text regarding the County Arcade, Leeds dated Jan. 1991.
    • (fols. 173-80) Typed text about Denton Welch, undated.
    • (fols. 181-5) Typed text titled "Larkin. England Gone",c.1999, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 186-241) Bundle of handwritten and typed text titled "Writing".
    • (fols. 242-58) Typed text titled "Staring out of the Window, undated, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 259-448) Material for published book section headed "Ups and Downs":
    • (fols. 259-333) Two versions of typed text of "A Common Assault", one titled "Ladispoli", undated, annotated by Alan Bennett, plus notes. See also articles by Alan Bennett, MS. Bennett 177.
    • (fols. 334-431) Typed and handwritten text titled "Honours". Includes print out of article from The Sunday Times from 21 Dec. 2003 regarding those who have turned down honours. Plus typed text titled "Arise, Sir...", annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 432-80) Bundle of notes for "An Average Rock Bun".

Material for Untold Stories, 1966-2003
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 176
Extent: 75 leaves

Scope and Content:

Material not necessarily included in final version of Untold Stories:

  • (fols. 1-27) Bundle of handwritten and typed notes titled "Material for Untold Stories. Mostly included if in a slightly different form". Some material titled as not included. Includes diary entry for 22 June 1966.
  • (fols. 28-44) Photocopy of typed text of lecture on "Happiness" for University of Birmingham. Please also see MS. Bennett 178 and 181.
  • (fols. 45-52) Proof copies of two articles about his rooms from The World of Interiors, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 53-5) Typed text and photocopy of article about James Ravilious, dated Apr. 1998, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 56-9) Typed text titled "Libraries".
  • (fols. 60-5) Typed text regarding the discovery of the idea for the plot of A Question of Attribution, annotated by Alan Bennett. For relevant scripts please see MS. Bennett 135-9.
  • (fols. 66-8) Newspaper cutting of radio script for Two in Torquay from the London Review of Books from 10 July 2003. For script see MS. Bennett 162.
  • (fols. 69-75) Typed text regarding Romola Christopherson from her memorial service in 2003, titled "Write up more for Untold Stories", annotated by Alan Bennett.

Articles by Alan Bennett, 1967-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 177
Extent: 170 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Fols. 6-12 are closed.

Scope and Content:

Handwritten, typed text and copies of published articles on a variety of topics. Includes one profile of Alan Bennett and one piece by unknown author. Some of this material may also appear in some form in the published compilations of his work. Some of this material may appear in some form in the published compilations of his work, Writing Home and Untold Stories.

  • (fols. 1-3) Typed text regarding Gordon Walker and the plans for the British Museum reading room, undated but regarding events of 1967, annotated by Alan Bennett. [Not known if or where this was published].
  • (fols. 4-6) Proofs of two articles by Alan Bennett regarding the BBC for The Listener, in envelope postmarked 16 Aug. 1967.
  • (fols. 7-16) Typed text of article regarding the BBC. Plus letters from The Sunday Times regarding payment for an article, dated 1968.
  • (fols. 17-22) Copy of The Listener from 7 Nov. 1968 featuring profile of Alan Bennett by D.A.N. Jones.
  • (fols. 23-7) Copy of The Listener from 28 Nov. 1968 featuring article "The Stripped-Pine Wilderness - Alan Bennett on the origin and originals of 'Life and Times in NW1'".
  • (fols. 28-32) Published and proof copies of text of spoof BBC Radio 4 schedule for 1 Apr. 1971 published in The Times on 4 April 1970.
  • (fols. 33-8) Copy of The Listener from 20 May 1976, featuring article "The Pith and its Pitheads" by Alan Bennett regarding the writer and his roots. Later printed in Writing Home.
  • (fols. 39-40) Newspaper cutting of profile of Noel Annan [author of piece unknown] published in the New Statesman on 17 Mar. 1978.
  • (fols. 41-4) Photocopy of article on Philip Larkin by Alan Bennett titled "Instead of a Present" which appeared in Larkin at Sixty edited by Anthony Thwaite published in 1982.
  • (fol. 45) Newspaper cutting of article regarding his television films by Alan Bennett published in Sight and Sound in Spring 1984.
  • (fols. 46-7) Typed text titled "Preface to BBC Let's Join In BBC book of fairy stories", undated but first published in 1985, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 48-82) Copy of the London Review of Books from 5 June 1986 featuring article "Uncle Clarence", briefly annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus bundle of typed and handwritten notes titled "Uncle Clarence. LRB. May 1986." Includes letter from Commonwealth War Graves Commission dated 3 Feb. 1986.
  • (fols. 83-100) Copy of See 4, News from Channel 4, from Autumn 1987 featuring article "The Best Sort of Holiday" by Alan Bennett regarding his television films.
  • (fols. 101-34) Copy of Oxford Today Michaelmas issue 1988, featuring article "A Sense of Theatre" by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 135-40) Copy of The Independent on Sunday on 28 Jan. 1990 featuring article "Alan Bennett remembers the treachery of books" .
  • (fols. 141-70) Typed text of "A Common Assault", annotated by Alan Bennett, undated but first published in The London Review of Books on 4 Nov. 2004. See also material for Untold Stories MS. Bennett 175.

Material for Writing Home, 1968-94
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 178
Extent: 421 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Fols. 122-125 are closed.

Scope and Content:

Material gathered together for Writing Home, first published in 1994. Folders titled "Original stuff included in Writing Home. Includes copies of articles originally first published elsewhere and material that did not appear in the final published version.

  • (fols. 1-81) Material for published book section headed "Past and Present":
    • (fols. 1-2) Photocopy of article "Alan Bennett remembers the treachery of books" from The Independent on Sunday on 28 Jan. 1990.
    • (fols. 3-14) Photocopy of typed text of talk by Alan Bennett at seminar held on 7 Feb. 1986 at Nuffield College, Oxford on "Sport and Theatre in Oxford since 1945". See also texts for talks by Alan Bennett, MS. Bennett 181.
    • (fols. 15-16) Photocopy of article "Uncle Clarence" by Alan Bennett from the London Review of Books from 5 June 1986, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett. See also text of article in MS. Bennett 177.
    • (fols. 17-44) Handwritten sheets titled Dinner at Noon. Typed text of article titled "Hotel Reservations". Plus copy of The Listener from 11 Aug. 1988 featuring same article. For relevant script see MS. Bennett 140.
    • (fols. 45-53) Typed text of memorial address for Russell Harty by Alan Bennett [from 14 Oct. 1988]. For more on Russell Harty see MS. Bennett 171.
    • (fols. 54-81) Copy of The Listener from 20 Oct. 1988 featuring article about Russell Harty by Alan Bennett, briefly annotated.
  • (fols. 82-103) Material for published book section "The Lady in the Van":
    • (fols. 82-99) Copy of the London Review of Books from 26 Oct. 1989, featuring article by Alan Bennett "The Lady in the Van". For more on The Lady in the Van please see MSS. Bennett 156-60.
    • (fols. 100-3)Copy of the London Review of Books from 11 Jan. 1990 featuring diary extracts from 1989 including account of Miss Shepherd's funeral by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 104-47) Material for published book section headed Diaries. For more published extracts of diaries, see MSS. Bennett 70-86, MS Bennett digital 192.
    • (fol. 104) Typed text for Introduction to diary section, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 105-29) Bundle of papers, mainly handwritten diary entries for 1979-89, titled "Diary / Writing Home stuff". Includes (fols. 122-25) letter from his mother, Lillian Bennett, postmarked 13 Sept 1976 ( =Res.) and newspaper cutting regarding E.C.T. from 1993.
    • (fols. 130-1) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1978 from the London Review of Books from 20 Dec. [1979?].
    • (fols. 132-3) Photocopy of newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1984 from the London Review of Books from 16 Feb. 1984.
    • (fols. 134-5) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1985 from the London Review of Books from 5 Dec. 1985.
    • (fols. 136-7) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1986 from the London Review of Books from 18 Dec. 1986.
    • (fols. 138-41) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1987 from the London Review of Books from 10 Dec 1987.
    • (fols. 142-5) Newspaper cutting of article about visit to Russia by Alan Bennett from the London Review of Books from 15 Sept 1988, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 146-7) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1990 from the London Review of Books from 24 Jan. 1991.
  • (fols. 148-203) Material for published book section headed "Prefaces to Plays":
    • Typed text for "Forty Years On and other plays", undated, annotated by Alan Bennett. Newspaper cutting of same article published as "Lost Jokes" in the London Review of Books from 2 Aug. 1984.
  • (fols. 204-22) Material for published book section headed "Filming and Rehearsing":
    • (fols. 204-6) Photocopy of diary for A Day Out from The Listener from 21 Dec. 1972.
    • (fols. 207-22) Photocopy of typed text for "The Writer in Disguise" titled "TV Plays", undated [c.1983]. Original annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 223-306) Material for published book section headed "Books and Writers". See also reviews by Alan Bennett, MS. Bennett 170.
    • (fols. 223-4) Photocopy of review by Alan Bennett of Forms of Talk by Erving Goffman, from the London Review of Books on 15 Oct. 1981.
    • (fols. 225-8) Photocopy of article on Philip Larkin by Alan Bennett titled "Instead of a Present" which appeared in Larkin at Sixty edited by Anthony Thwaite published in 1982.
    • (fols. 229-30) Photocopy of review by Alan Bennett of Auden in Love by Dorothy Farnan, from the London Review of Books on 23 May 1985.
    • (fols. 231-57) Photocopy of typescript lecture on Kafka, annotated by Alan Bennett, [1986?]
    • (fols. 258-80) Typed radio script titled The Book of Common Prayer for BBC radio schools for recording on 5 Mar. 1978, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 281-300) Photocopy of typed text of talk given to the Prayer Book Society, Blackburn Cathedral on 12 May 1990, annotated by Alan Bennett. Please also see text for talk in MS. Bennett 181.
    • (fols. 301-6) Photocopy of review by Alan Bennett of Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion, published in the London Review of Books on 25 Mar. 1993.
  • (fols. 307-41) Material for published book section headed "Stocking Fillers":
    • (fol. 307) Photocopy of page of collection featuring article "Tit for Tatti" by Alan Bennett dated 18 Mar. 1971.
    • (fols. 308-9) Photocopy of article "The Pith and its Pitheads" by Alan Bennett regarding the writer and his roots from The Listener from 20 May 1976.
    • (fols. 31-16) Photocopy of typed text of review of Lady Ottoline's Album: Snapshots of Her Famous Contemporaries edited by Michael Joseph published 1976, annotated by Alan Bennett.
    • (fols. 317-18) Photocopy of article "The Stripped-Pine Wilderness - Alan Bennett on the origin and originals of 'Life and Times in NW1'" from The Listener from 28 Nov. 1968.
    • (fols. 319-20) Newspaper cutting of article about the Stringalongs by Alan Bennett published in the London Review of Books on 24 Feb. 1994.
    • (fols. 321-2) Photocopy of Stringalongs sketch "Christmas in NW1" published in Tatler, undated.
    • (fols. 323-41) Typed script for radio talk Going Round, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981, annotated by Alan Bennett. For relevant script see MS. Bennett 120.

(fols. 342-421) Material not necessarily included in final version of Writing Home:

  • (fols. 342-9) Newspaper cutting of article about Forty Years On from The Sunday Times from 17 Nov. 1968.
  • ((fols. 350-78) Typed text and newspaper cutting of article "Something You Didn't Know You Knew" published in The Sunday Times on 31 Oct. 1971.
  • (fol. 379) Photocopy of poem "Place-Names of China" by Alan Bennett in anthology edited by Kingsley Amis, first published 1978[?] briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 380-1) Photocopy of newspaper cutting of article regarding his television films by Alan Bennett published in Sight and Sound in Spring 1984.
  • (fols. 382-404) Photocopy of typed text of lecture on "Happiness" given at the University of Birmingham in 1988, undated and untitled. Please also see MS. Bennett 176 and 181.
  • (fol. 405) Newspaper cutting of article about tourism by Alan Bennett in North Yorkshire Guide from 1988.
  • (fols. 406-9) Typed text by Alan Bennett about portrait by John Singer Sargent for short BBC film, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus related letter from BBC dated 24 Sept. 1992 and information on the portrait.
  • (fols. 410-14) Typed text for National Gallery. Plus copy of The National Gallery News from Oct. 1992 featuring Alan Bennett's choices from the Early Italian Collection, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 415-21) Typed text of speech by Alan Bennett for St Paul's Cathedral Choir School prize giving. Plus compliment slip from school, undated.

Papers relating to Lindsay Anderson, 1977-94
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 179
Extent: 49 leaves

Scope and Content:

For article about Lindsay Anderson by Alan Bennett, see material for Untold Stories, MS. Bennett 174 and related script material for The Old Crowd, MS. Bennett 115.

  • (fols. 1-37) postcards and etter from Lindsay Anderson to Alan Bennett dated from 1977-1993. Includes, a seemingly unrelated, postcard dated Apr. 2005 asking Alan Bennett to sign one of his works.
  • (fols. 38-41) Copy of Order of Service for Lindsay Anderson's Memorial on 20 Nov. 1994. Plus photocopy of running order featuring Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 42-9) Handwritten notes titled "Lindsay" from 1978 and 1994.

Text for Father! Father! Burning Bright, 1980-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 180
Extent: 50 leaves

Scope and Content:

Text of short story titled "Prose version of Father. First draft. Nov. 1980", first published by the London Review of Books in 9 Dec. 1999. Plus review from The Mail on Sunday from 5 Mar. 2000.

This story is a prose re-working of the television play Intensive Care, see MS. Bennett 121 for television script.


Text of talks by Alan Bennett, 1978-90
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 181
Extent: 336 leaves

Scope and Content:

Texts of various talks and lectures given by Alan Bennett in person. Text of talks given on radio can be found in Scripts series, MSS. Bennett 87-168.

  • (fols. 1-10) Typed text of talk about the Prayer Book for BBC Radio Schools, dated Mar. 1978.
  • (fols. 11-48) Typed text of seminar held on 7 Feb. 1986 at Nuffield College, Oxford on Sport and Theatre in Oxford since 1945. Plus copy of the Oxford Magazine from Nought Week, Trinity Term 1986 featuring published text of lecture by Alan Bennett
  • (fols. 149-61) Handwritten notes and photocopy of typed text of lecture on Kafka, dated 1986. For scripts relating to Franz Kafka please see MS. Bennett 132 and 133.
  • (fols. 162-71) Copy of University College London The Bulletin from June 1987 featuring published text of Foundation Oration lecture by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 172-95) Copy of the Redbrick magazine of the University of Birmingham from 7 Dec. 1988, featuring text of Baggs Memorial lecture on "Happiness", plus short interview with Alan Bennett. See also MS. Bennett 178 and 181.
  • (fols. 196-303) Three versions of typed text of talk given to the Prayer Book Society, Blackburn by Alan Bennett on 12 May 1990.
  • (fols. 304-36) Handwritten notes and typed text of talk given at National Gallery c.1993-8. Please also see text for "Going to the Pictures" in material for Untold Stories, MS. Bennett 175.

Text for The Clothes They Stood Up In, 1996
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 182
Extent: 35 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typed text of short story first published in the London Review of Books on 28 Nov. 1996, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus one sheet of handwritten notes.


Text for The Laying On of Hands aka Memorial Service, 2001
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 183
Extent: 210 leaves

Scope and Content:

Text of short story titled The Laying On of Hands first published in the London Review of Books on 7 June 2001.

  • (fols. 1-137) Typed text titled Memorial Service, undated, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 138-210) Typed text titled The Laying On of Hands and "First printed draft. Feb. 2001. Notes copy", annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus handwritten inserts.

Text for The Uncommon Reader, 2006
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 184
Extent: 367 leaves

Scope and Content:

Text for short story first published in the London Review of Books on 8 Mar. 2007.

  • (fols. 1-75) Bundle of mainly handwritten notes on plot and dialogue, undated.
  • (fols. 76-153) Typed and handwritten text, untitled and undated, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 154-206) Photocopy of typed text titled "Copy of Original MSS" and "Oct. 2006", briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 207-77) Typed text titled "Original MS" and "26 Oct. 2006", annotated by Alan Bennett. Similar to above with more alteration.
  • (fols. 278-9) Typed sheets titled "LRB staff comments Oct. 2006", briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 280-367) Printed text titled "26 Oct. 2006 [crossed out]", annotated by Alan Bennett.

Text for The Uncommon Reader, 2006-7
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 185
Extent: 164 leaves

Scope and Content:

Text for short story continued from above:

  • (fols. 1-68) Printed text dated 9 Feb. 2007 and titled "Corrected proof with notes", annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus loose handwritten notes.
  • (fols. 69-112) Printed text dated 20 Feb. 2007, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 113-54) Printed text dated 8 Mar. 2007, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett. Page one missing.
  • (fols. 155-8) Typed sheets with text queries from publisher, dated 8 May 2007, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  • (fols. 159-64) Three fan letters from 2006 and 2007, originally found with this material in an envelope from the London Review of Books.

Text for 'The Greening of Mrs Donaldson', [c.2006-7]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 186
Extent: 15 leaves

Scope and Content:

Handwritten notes for 'The Greening of Mrs Donaldson' pubilshed in Smut (2012). Originally found with bundle of notes for The Uncommon Reader, MS. Bennett 184.

C   Theatre programmes, 1961-2008

Shelfmarks: MS. Bennett 187/1-15

Extent: 14 boxes 42 items

Scope and Content:

Programmes and flyers for some of Alan Bennett's stage productions. Also exhibition catalogue, invitation and printed keepsakes from related Bodleian Library events.

Arrangement:

Material has been arranged chronologically according to the earliest date of the earliest programme or flyer.



Programme for the revue Beyond the Fringe, 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/1
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Programme for performances at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from 24-29 Apr. 1961.


Programme for a benefit evening for the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company, [1969]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/2
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Programme for benefit evening featuring Alan Bennett, Judi Dench, Raymond Leppard, Prunella Scales and Timothy West at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 30 Nov. [1969].


Programmes for Forty Years On, 1970-84
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/3
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Programme for performances at the Shaw Festival in Canada in 1970.
  • Programme for performances at the Queen's Theatre, London from 13 Aug. 1984. Programme has been very briefly annotated.
  • Programme for performances at the Queen's Theatre, London. Programme dated Nov. 1984. Plus insert stating that the part of Tempest will be played by Alan Bennett.

Programmes for Habeas Corpus, 1973-96
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/4
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Programme for performances at the Oxford Playhouse from 23 Apr.-5 May 1973, featuring Alec Guinness. Programme has been very briefly annotated.
  • Programme for performances at the Lyric Theatre, London from 10 May 1973, featuring Alec Guinness.
  • Programme for performances at the The Playhouse Theatre, Delaware from 18 Oct. 1975, featuring Donald Sinden.
  • Programme for performances at the Colonial Theatre, Boston from 27 Oct. 1975, featuring Donald Sinden.
  • Programme for performances at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York from 18 Nov. 1975, featuring Donald Sinden.
  • Programme for performances at the Donmar Warehouse, London from 30 May 1996, featuring Jim Broadbent.

Catalogue for Bodleian Library exhibition, 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/5
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Catalogue for exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford Writers 1914-77 in Oct. 1977.
  • Keepsake Six Oxford Poets printed by the Bodleian Library in 1977 to mark the occasion of the exhibition.

Programmes for Enjoy, 1980
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/6
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Programme for performances at the Richmond Theatre, London from 29 Sept. 1980. Programme has been very briefly annotated.
  • Programme for performances at the Vaudeville Theatre, London from 15 Oct. 1980.

Brochure for National Film Theatre featuring Alan Bennett, 1984
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/7
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Brochure for Sept. 1984 at the National Film Theatre featuring Alan Bennett giving the Guardian lecture and screenings of various of his television plays.


Programmes for Single Spies, 1988-9
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/8
Extent: 5 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Two slightly different programmes for performances of Single Spies, being a double bill of A Question of Attribution and An Englishman Abroad, at the National Theatre, London from 1 Dec. 1988.
  • Three slightly different programmes for performances of Single Spies on at the Queens Theatre, London. from 23 Feb. 1989

Programmes for The Wind in the Willows, 1990
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/9
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Brochure for productions at the National Theatre from 3 Dec. 1990-26 Jan. 1991, featuring The Wind in the Willows.
  • Programme for performances at the Olivier Theatre at the Royal National Theatre from 12 Dec. 1990. Plus copy of cast list.

Programmes for Talking Heads monologues, 1991-2003
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/10
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content:

Programmes and flyers for performances of various Talking Heads monologues on stage.

  • Flyer for performances of Soldiering On, A Woman of No Importance, A Chip in the Sugar and Her Big Chance at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on 28 Apr. and 5 May 1991, featuring Stephanie Cole, Sheila Hancock, Ian McKellen and Imelda Staunton.
  • Programme for performances of A Woman of No Importance and A Lady of Letters at the Minerva Studio Theatre, Chichester from 23 Sept. 1991, featuring Patricia Routledge.
  • Programme for performances of A Woman of No Importance, A Chip in the Sugar and A Lady of Letters at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, London from 7 Jan. 1992, featuring Patricia Routledge and Alan Bennett.
  • Programme for performances of A Woman of No Importance, A Chip in the Sugar and A Lady of Letters and at the Comedy Theatre, London from 27 Jan. 1992, featuring Patricia Routledge and Alan Bennett.
  • Programme for performances of Bed Among the Lentils and Soldiering On at the Comedy Theatre, London from 22 Oct. 1996, featuring Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack .
  • Programme for performances of Bed Among the Lentils, A Chip in the Sugar, A Lady of Letters, Her Big Chance, Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet and The Hand of God at the Minetta Lane Theatre, New York from 6 Apr. 2003, featuring Kathleen Chalfant, Daniel Davis, Christine Ebersole, Valerie Mahaffey, Lynn Redgrave and Brenda Whale.

Programmes for The Madness of George III, 1991-3
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/11
Extent: 5 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Programme for performances at the Lyttelton Theatre at the Royal National Theatre from 28 Nov. 1991.
  • Flyer for performances at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from 21 Apr. 1992.
  • Flyer for performances at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield from 27 Apr. 1992.
  • Flyer for performances at the Theatre Royal, Bath from 18 May 1992.
  • Programme for performances at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore from Oct. 1993.

Programme for Kafka's Dick, 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/12
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Programme for performances at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 23 Jan.-15 Feb 1992.


Programme for The Lady in the Van, 1999
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/13
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Programme for performances at the Queens Theatre, London from 19 Nov. 1999. Copy has been autographed by Maggie Smith.


Programme for The History Boys, 2004-6
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/14
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Brochure for National Theatre for Spring 2004 featuring The History Boys.
  • Programme for performances at the Lyttelton Theatre at the National Theatre from 18 May 2004. Plus cast list.
  • Programme for performances at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York from 23 Apr. 2006, includes inserts regarding cast changes.
  • Flyer for An Evening with Alan Bennett at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on 24 Apr. 2006.

Invitation to Bodleian Library event, 2008
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 187/15
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Invitation to celebration of Alan Bennett's archive being received by the Bodleian Library, 27 Oct. 2008.
  • Keepsake text of The Dead Drummer by Thomas Hardy printed by the Bodleian Library in 2008 to mark the occasion of the gift of the archive.

D   Audio-visual material, 1978-9

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 188-92

Extent: 8 video tapes

Scope and Content:

Audio-visual recordings of television plays by Alan Bennett.


Video recording of A Visit From Miss Prothero, [1978]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 188
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

U-matic video tape titled "A Visit From Miss Prothero", undated but first broadcast on 11 Jan. 1978.


Video recording of Sunset Across the Bay, 1978
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 189
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

U-matic video tape titled "Sunset Across the Bay. 1 Dec. 1978. Reel 1 of 2."


Video recording of Afternoon Off, 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 190/1
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Video tape titled "Afternoon Off. 24 Jan. 1979. Parts 1 + 2."


Video recording of Afternoon Off, 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 190/2
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Video tape titled "Afternoon Off Part 3."


Video recording of The Old Crowd, [1979]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 191/1
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

U-matic video tape titled "The Old Crowd Part 1", undated but first broadcast 27 Jan. 1979.


Video recording of The Old Crowd, [1979]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 191/2
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

U-matic video tapes titled "The Old Crowd "Parts 2 + 3.", undated but first broadcast 27 Jan. 1979.


Video recording of All Day on the Sands, 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 192/1
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Video tapes titled "All Day on the Sands. 9 Feb. 1979. Parts 1 + 2"


Video recording of All Day on the Sands, 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 192/2
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

Video tape titled "All Day on the Sands. 9 Feb. 1979. Part 3."

E   Original box file labels and annotated folders, [c.1960s-2008]

Shelfmarks: MSS. Bennett 193-5

Extent:

Scope and Content:

Packaging that the archive was originally received in. Only annotated material has been kept.


Original folders, [c.1960s-c.2008]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 193
Extent: 17 folders

Scope and Content:

Empty folders that Alan Bennett's archive was originally received in. Some folders have been annotated by Alan Bennett with quotations and ideas, for dialogue, names etc. Only those that have been significantly annotated have been retained. Please note that many of these are in a fragile and / or soiled state.


Original folders, [c.1960s-c.2008]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 194
Extent: 17 folders

Scope and Content:

Continued from MS. Bennett 193.


Original folders, [c.1960s-c.2008]
Shelfmark: MS. Bennett 195
Extent: 16 folders

Scope and Content:

Continued from MS. Bennett 194.

F   Photographs


Photographs removed from elsewhere in the papers, [1988-2004]
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 471
Extent: 61 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) removed from MS. Bennett 9/2
  • (fol. 2) removed from MS. Bennett 16/2, fol. 26
  • (fol. 3) removed from MS. Bennett 28/2, fol. 21
  • (fols. 4-5) removed from MS. Bennett 49, fol. 29
  • (fol. 6) removed from MS. Bennett 52, fol. 50
  • (fol. 7) removed from MS. Bennett 55, fol. 33
  • (fols. 8-9) removed from MS. Bennett 55, fol. 34
  • (fol. 10) removed from MS. Bennett 55, fol. 65
  • (fols. 11-12) removed from MS. Bennett 55, fols. 154-5
  • (fols. 13-15) removed from MS. Bennett 55, fol. 183
  • (fols. 16-18) removed from MS. Bennett 62, fols. 53-5
  • (fols. 19-26) removed from MS. Bennett 63, fols. 286-90
  • (fol. 27) removed from MS. Bennett 64, fol. 145
  • (fol. 28) removed from MS. Bennett 64, fol. 201
  • (fol. 29) removed from MS. Bennett 98, fol. 72
  • (fols. 30-2) removed from MS. Bennett 119, fols. 217-19
  • (fols. 33-8) removed from MS. Bennett 140, fol. 1
  • (fols. 39-42) removed from MS. Bennett 140, fol. 2
  • (fols. 43-6) removed from MS. Bennett 140, fol. 3
  • (fols. 47-54) removed from MS. Bennett 152, fols. 240-7
  • (fols. 55-7) removed from MS. Bennett 160, fols. 320-2
  • (fols. 58-9) removed from MS. Bennett 168, fol. 23 ( =Res.)
  • (fols. 60-1) removed from MS. Bennett 168, fol. 28 ( =Res.)

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