Jack Hylton: Theatre, film and TV
Jack Hylton Productions started in the early 1940’s and continued until Jack’s death in 1965. He worked closely with certain stars, setting up some early in their careers such as Morecambe & Wise and Shirley Bassey. He promoted other stars such as Maurice Chevalier and the Crazy Gang.
The collection reflects Jack Hylton’s career and includes:
The Archive contains around 120 volumes of press cuttings compiled by Hylton's press agencies, spanning the years 1923 to 1965. Charting his rise to fame, these cuttings provide a wealth of information on Hylton's life and career, as well as reflecting the development of popular music and entertainment from the 1920s onwards.
The Archive holds a large number of British, American and international theatre programmes, which include Hylton's own productions as well as others that he simply attended. These programmes cover a wide variety of entertainment genres: plays, variety shows, musical shows, pantomime, command performances, ballet, classical concerts, and circus.
Posters and Ephemera
From 1955-1959 Jack was head of Light Entertainment for Associated Rediffusion (ATV) in the early days of the channel. Where Jack Hylton used orchestral arrangements for his TV shows we have the original band parts. We do not hold any of the original TV programmes. If you wish to obtain these please contact the British Film Institute.
Jack Hylton and his Orchestra starred in two films, She Shall Have Music (1935) and Band Waggon with Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch (1940). The band also featured in a George Pal Puppetoon film, ‘Philips Cavalcade’, in the 1930s and there was a film production made of ‘The Love Match’ starring Arthur Askey in 1955.
Items from the archive can be used by appointment only.