Records of Glasgow Unity Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records relating to the Glasgow Unity Theatre including scripts, programmes, posters, scrapbooks, production and administrative papers 1941-1951, 1966.

Includes:

  • Abstracts of account 1946
  • Press cutting book 1946-1947
  • Press cuttings concerning the revival of the Glasgow Unity Theatre 1966
  • Photographs of members and staff of the Glasgow Unity Theatre c1946-1948
  • Photographs of productions 1944-1947
  • Material relating to the production and tour of Robert McLeish's The Gorbals Story, including the original typescript, 1946-1950
  • Letters and other material relating to various members of the theatre c1941-c1951, includes letters to Avrom Greenbaum, 1948-1949
  • Scrapbooks, correspondence and press cuttings of Ena Lamont Stewart, playwright, relating to the Glasgow Unity Theatre c1941-c1951
  • Papers of George Munro (1901-1968), playwright, c1941-c1951
  • Programmes and press cuttings relating to the Paisley Unity Theatre c1947-1950
  • Programmes and press cuttings relating to the Western Repertory Theatre, c. 1951.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Unity Theatre Company was instituted under the impetus of the Unity Theatre Movement in Britain and was formed from amateur clubs in Glasgow, Scotland - the Workers' Theatre Group, the Clarion Players, the Glasgow Players, the Transport Players and the Glasgow Jewish Institute players. It was committed to a socialist viewpoint and it was hoped to attract a working class audience. Its first production was in January 1941 . An attempt was made to form a professional company in 1946, the Unity Theatre Society Ltd, but financial difficulties drew this venture to a close in the late 1940s. A parallel amateur company carried on until 1951. It was revived, briefly, in 1966. Various playwrights were associated with the theatre company, including Robert McLellan (1907-1985), Ena Lamont Stewart (b. 1912), Avrom Greenbaum (1903-1963), James Barke (1905-1958), and Robert McLeish (b. 1912).

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 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

Related Material

GB 234 BT2 1971/576 Edinburgh Gateway Company Ltd (dissolved company file) (National Archives of Scotland)