Everyman Theatre Archive
The Everyman Theatre, since its origins in 1964, is widely recognised as a pivotal influence and an innovative key player in regional theatre. A model of innovative practice and a centre for experimental theatre and new writing, it has thrived as a nurturing ground for a new breed of directors, actors, writers and designers, and a leading force in young people's theatre. Much of the work of the theatre has also been consistently rooted in its home city of Liverpool, making the archive an important basis for social history as well as its role in post-war regional theatre.
The Everyman Archive was deposited at Liverpool John Moores University in 2004. The Archive consists of posters, programmes, scripts, photographs, performance reports, press cuttings and letters. The information available is wide ranging - from pictures of Pete Postlethwaite and Jonathan Pryce to unpublished Willy Russell scripts. Interviews with key people have been conducted to complete and enhance our knowledge of the impact of the theatre in Liverpool. The interviews cover the full range of theatrical professions, every phase of the theatre's history and all its spheres of activity. They help us to identify and interpret gaps in the archive and include perspectives not otherwise fully represented in the collection.
A list of material in the Everyman Theatre Archive is available through LJMU Digital Collections, arranged by production and season. The Everyman Theatre Archive Online Catalogue Project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.