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The Latin Play

This sub-series contains papers and documents relating to the production and reception of the Westminster School Latin Play. It includes records relating to the logistical planning, administration, production and performance of the Latin Play.

Also included in the series are papers concerning the history and background to the Latin Play including research done internally and externally and material relating to protests against its abolition.

The collection is incomplete and dates mainly from 1850-1939, with a small amount of earlier and later material.

Production of the Latin Play

Papers relating to the arrangements for the production and performance of the Latin Play. Includes cast lists, sketches and drawings for scenery, Epilogues and Prologues spoken at performances of the play and samples of programmes and tickets for the play. Also includes lists of names and addresses of individuals to receive tickets, production notes covering all aspects of rehearsal and performance and draft seating plans and arrangements for individual performances.


Sketches and drawings of the drop scenes for the Latin Play. Also included is a drawing for costume design. The sub-series is incomplete.

Epilogues and Prologues

Handwritten and printed Epilogues and Prologues which were composed to be spoken at performances of the Latin Plays. Prologues were often composed by the Headmaster and contained obituraries for school alumni. Epilogues were composed by the King's Scholars and performed in modern dress, offering a satire of contemporary world events. The sub-series is incomplete.

Cast Lists

Lists of parts with names of cast for Latin Plays; some seem to be draft copies and others are final versions. The sub-series is incomplete.

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