Papers relating to the 50th anniversary of the Gaiety Theatre opening

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 AEH/4/1/7
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 /1 pp. 25 & 29; /2 p. 27; /3 p. 24; /4 p. 23; /5 & /6 p. 31.
  • Dates of Creation
      Sep 1958
  • Physical Description
      6 items.

Scope and Content

Programmes, newscuttings and photograph produced at the time of the golden jubilee celebrations held in Manchester to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Gaiety Theatre. A revival of Hindle Wakes was produced at the city's Library Theatre in Sep 1958 to commemorate AEHF's first season at the refurbished Gaiety 50 years earlier: the Library Theatre was home to a resident repertory company which was formed in 1952 with the aim of reviving the repertory ideal in Manchester. In addition, a documentary exhibition, 'Fifty years of Manchester Repertory', was held in the Library's Exhibition Hall. The material consists of: /1, a souvenir programme (with 3 additional duplicated leaves) for the production of Hindle Wakes; /2, a photographic plate from the same programme depicting Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson, with a page of handwritten notes on Sybil Thorndike's impressions of AEFH; /3, 2 newscuttings relating to the production of Hindle Wakes; /4, 2 newscuttings of articles about the Gaiety Theatre, written by Lewis Casson and L. du Garde Peach; /5, 2 newscuttings relating to the jubilee celebrations; /6, a photographic print of Marjorie Garrod, with Basil Dean and a city official at the Hindle Wakes revival.