The outsider: the Michel Saint-Denis Archive : a Theatre Archive project

The outsider: the Michel Saint-Denis Archive: a Theatre Archive project of the arts and humanities research council, the University of Sheffield, and the British Library

Ewan Jeffrey :

The current primary focus of this five-year project is the partially-sorted postwar British Theatre Archive that is held at the British Library. Research development work is being undertaken on significant theatre collections (John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Michel Saint-Denis), a process that will lead to a deeper understanding of the evolution of British theatre between 1945 and 1968. (…)

The first archive to have been sorted as part of this project is that of the French director, actor, producer and designer Michel Saint-Denis. Although he was highly regarded in the 1950s and 60s, Saint-Denis’s contribution to contemporary performance has not received due recognition.