Records of Curtain Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Programmes relating to productions of the Curtain Theatre, 1936-1939
  • Scripts from the Curtain Theatre including prompt scripts, stage manager's, and actors', c1937-c1939
  • Letter from Robert McLellan to Douglas N Anderson, stage designer, concerning The English Siller or Jamie the Saxt, drawings by R McLellan and Douglas Anderson for the stage design of Jamie the Saxt, 1937

Microfilm of material relating to the Curtain Theatre including:

  • Programmes, 1935-1940
  • Press cuttings, 1933-1937
  • Lord Chamberlain's certificates, 1937-1938
  • Report of the administrative committee, 1938-1939

Administrative / Biographical History

The Curtain Theatre was founded by an amateur group led by Grace Ballantine in 1933  with the aim of encouraging Scottish playwrights by giving them an opportunity to see their plays in performance. It operated from a former drawing room of a Victorian terraced house at 15 Woodside Terrace, Glasgow, Scotland. Initial funds were raised from public subscription but it was later funded as a club. Playwrights performed by the Curtain included Robert McLellan (1907-1985), Robins Millar (1889-1969), Norman Bruce and Paul Vincent Carroll (1900-1968). Many of the future leading actors in Scottish Theatre worked for the Curtain including Molly Urquhart (1906-1977) and Duncan Macrae (1905-1967). The Theatre closed in 1940 .

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Item and series level paper based sheaf binder available at the Scottish Theatre Archive, Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department.

Item level descriptions are available via the online Scottish Theatre Archive catalogue at

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jo Peattie, Scottish Archive Network Project

Conversion from MS Access database, formatting and controlled access terms added by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, October 2002

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