Records of Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Archive of the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, 1944-1977. Business papers including:

  • Minutes of the Provisional Committee of 1943
  • Minutes of the Board of Directors 1943-1990
  • Minutes of the Chairman's committee 1971-1990
  • Reports of the Artistic Director 1969-1990
  • Reports of the Literary advisor 1969-1970
  • Minutes of the AGM of the Citizens Theatre Limited 1961-1989, including all the papers presented to the AGM, 1959-1989
  • Documents relating to the acquisition of premises for the company in the Athenaeum 1943, and then the Royal Princess's, 1953-1989
  • Photographs and plans of the building 1953-1989
  • Papers relating to the renovation of the building 1976-1988
  • Papers relating to proposals for new premises for the company 1968-1976
  • Papers relating to performances by the Citizens' Theatre Company both in Glasgow and on tour in the United Kingdom and overseas, 1943-1983; they include programmes, leaflets, posters, scripts, photographs, production notes, sound tapes, reviews. Papers relating to performances by visiting companies at the Citizens' Theatre, 1946-1984; they include programmes, leaflets, photographs, reviews.
  • Papers relating to performances by the Citizens' Theatre Company in their studio theatre of the Close Theatre Club 1963-1974; they include programmes, leaflets, programmes, scripts, photographs, production notes, sound tapes, reviews
  • Papers relating to performances by visiting companies at the Close Theatre Club 1966-1973; they include programmes, leaflets, photographs, reviews.

Papers relating to the Citizens' Theatre educational companies Theatre for Youth and TAG, including:

  • Minutes of the advisory committee 1975-1990
  • Budgets 1977-1991
  • Financial statements 1980-1987
  • Reports, 1977-1985
  • Production information including programmes, leaflets, posters, scripts, photographs, production notes, sound tapes, reviews, 1978-1991

Administrative / Biographical History

One of the leading theatres in Britain, the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre Company was formed in 1943  by a group of Glasgow citizens including the playwright James Bridie (1888-1951), who became the first president, Dr Tom Honeyman, who became the first chairman and the writer Guy McCrone (1898-1977), who was the first managing director. The Theatre became a private limited company in 1943 . They first presented their repertoire in the Athenaeum Theatre but moved to the Royal Princess's Theatre in the Gorbals which was later renamed the Citizens' Theatre. In its early years it did try to promote Scottish plays, many of them being by Bridie. From 1969 under the guiding hand of the triumvirate of Giles Havergal (b. 1938), Robert David MacDonald (b. 1929) and Philip Prowse (b. 1937), the company have presented an international repertoire and have won world-wide acclaim for their work. During this period the name'Glasgow' was dropped from the title of the company. In 1986 the Board of the Citizens' designated the Scottish Theatre Archive as the official depository for the archive of the Citizens' Theatre.

See M Coveney, The Citz: 21 Years of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre(London, 1990)

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the online Scottish Theatre Archive catalogue at http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/STA/search/

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by the Scottish Theatre Archive. Converted to Scottish Archive Network format by Jo Peattie, Scottish Arc

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

Related Material

GB 247 STA Ei Records of Close Theatre Club

GB 247 STA E Records of TAG Theatre Company

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