Records of the Gaiety Theatre and Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Playbills & photographs undated

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Gaiety Theatre was formed in  1874  on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. It was designed by Frank Matcham as a music hall. In 1896 it was demolished and the  Empire Theatre was built in its place.

Pavilion Theatre The is situated Across Renfield Street from the site of the Royalty Theatre. Designed by Bertie Crewe, it is the last remaining Glasgow variety theatre. The building has a terracotta facade and a sliding roof. The theatre has been home to some of the best-known entertainers of the century, from Marie Lloyd and Florrie Forde in its early years, to Tommy Morgan, Lex Maclean and Billy Connolly in more recent times.


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

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Acquisition Information

Purchased from Joy Blane and Joyce Vance, Popplewell's Fun and Disguises, Ayr, with support from National Fund for Acquisitions, 07 May 1996.

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 Ba 1-4.

Alternative Form Available

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Archivist's Note

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

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