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English Theatre playbill

 Collection — Folder: S3349
Identifier: S3349

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a playbill for the musical Oklahoma!, performed in Indianapolis, Indiana at the English Theatre from January 8, 1946 to January 12, 1946.


  • 1946


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

English's Opera House opened on September 27, 1880 with a performance of Hamlet. Built by Indianapolis businessman and politician William H. English, it was located on the northwest quadrant of Monument Circle. Modeled after the New York Grand Opera House, the theater could seat more than 2,000 guests and had the largest stage in the city. English's presented a variety of entertainment, including plays, musicals, concerts, ballets, and films. Later known as the English Theatre, it closed and the building was demolished in 1948.


McKinney, Marianne W. "Performing Arts." In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, 142-152. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James H. Johnson on 2013/10/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/03/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/03/09 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.