About us

Welcome to Overtures, the living Musical Theatre Archive.

Overtures is the starting point for all aspects of Musical Theatre research from academic studies to a general love and interest in the vibrant world of the stage musical. The collection was originally formed by Rexton S Bunnett and the late John Muir.  It was started in 1967 and has never ceased growing.  The Trust now maintains and updates the collection and plans to enhance it with new recordings including interviews with both established and new members of the musical theatre world and, where possible, video recordings of current musical productions that will be available for future research and posterity.

The most recent gift is that of the Dan Crawford, King’s Head Theatre Archive which holds a special position in London’s musical theatre heritage. Overtures is linked to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Theatre and Performance Collection with its amazing theatrical collections and archives.

The Trust’s immediate aims are to archive all aspects of the collection to make research simpler and to make certain it is housed to maintain its condition. In tangent with this is the active aim to interview and video those involved with the musical stage and the performances so important to ‘live’ theatre.

We have a mission to be the starting point for world-wide musical theatre research with an eye on what is new and exciting about the world of musical theatre.