16th July 2003




A generous donation of books by a leading publisher has given a boost to the new Drama Department at the University of Lincoln.


Samuel French Ltd, a theatre publisher which has branches in London, New York, Hollywood and Toronto, contacted the university to offer 750 assorted play

and theatre book titles.


The donation will help to augment the growing drama collection in the university’s library in readiness for the first intake of students on the new Drama degree at the Brayford Pool campus.


“We are trying to enlarge our holdings in drama as we prepare for our first intake in September,” explained Drama course leader Professor Michael Earley.


“I began asking London theatre critics, who are personal friends, to donate any unwanted theatre texts, and this yielded an initial donation of 100 books.


“I then wrote a letter to The Stage asking anyone with unwanted theatre books to donate them to the university. I’ve received a considerable number of offers so far, the best of which was an offer of 750 titles by the managing director of Samuel French Ltd.


“This is a generous gift which will prove a significant addition to our growing drama library.”


Founded in 1830, Samuel French Ltd pioneered the concept of providing published scripts to theatrical producing groups throughout the world. 


Sources of Samuel French’s plays range from Broadway and London’s West End to unsolicited scripts submitted by unpublished authors. 


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