Records of Prince's Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Playbills 1854-1863

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Prince's Theatre Royal, Glasgow used to be situated on West Nile Street, opposite. The theatre was in use only sporadically between 1850 and 1867 and was normally open only in the Summer. The theatre presented a mixture of drama and opera, opening with an operatic version of Giselle. When the Theatre Royal, Dunlop Street was damaged by fire in 1863, it became the premier theatre in the city. By  1882  the building was in a state of disrepair and it was sold to Joseph Hengler who remodelled it and opened it as a circus.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Purchased from Motley Books Limited, catalogue 1/88, 28 October 1988, with support from Local Museums Purchase Fund.

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections, searching by the call number STA Xf.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The playbills are housed in 2 oversize cases and are fragile

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 27 September 2004.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Special Collections.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History



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Location of Originals

This material is original


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