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:

Press Cuttings

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.

Press Cuttings

Theatre Programmes

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.

Theatre Programmes

Cast of Theatre Productions

Posters and Ephemera

The career of Jack Hylton is reflected in his appointment diaries, flyers and scripts from his productions. The Archive contains various items of Jack Hylton memorabilia including a bronze cast of Hylton's left hand and a baton presented to Hylton by the Mayor of Liverpool in 1927.


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.

TV Orchestral Parts


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.