This collection consists of material related to John Casson and James Bridie and their work with the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. The collection also includes material relating to Casson's service during the Second World War and his imprisonment at Stalg Luft III. Material includes letters, photos, books and journals, scripts and personal mementos.
James Bridie and John Casson Archive
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
James Bridie (1888-1951) was one of the most influential playwrights and promoters of the theatre in 20th century Scotland. In his last years, whilst working as a prolific dramatist, he was instrumental in the founding and running of the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in 1943, the first significant Scottish drama stage. Born Osborne Henry Mavor, James Bridie graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1913 aged 25. During the First World War he served as a doctor in France and the Middle East and later became a consultant at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. He worked both as a doctor and playwright for 25 years until his success in the West End led to his retirement from medicine in 1937, only returning to serve as a military doctor during the Second World War. He wrote under the pseudonyms James Bridie, Mary Henderson and A P Kellock.
In 1945 James Bridie appointed John Casson (1909-1999) director at the renovated Princess's Theatre Glasgow under the new name the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. The son of Dame Sybil Thorndike and Sir Lewis Casson, John Casson was a recently returned naval officer who had spent much of the war as a prisoner of war.
This collection has been arranged into the following series:
- THM/34/1 - Correspondence
- THM/34/2 - Scripts
- THM/34/3 - War Time Theatre
- THM/34/4 - Glasgow Citizens' Theatre
- THM/34/5 - Journals and Press Cuttings
- THM/34/6 - Personal Mementoes Relating to James Bridie
- THM/34/7 - Books
This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/
Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.
Given by Hugh Elwes, 2000.
Conditions Governing Use
Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/
This collection was appraised in line with collection management policy.
No further accruals are expected.