Papers of Molly S Urquhart, (1906-1977), actress and theatre owner

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Personal papers and material collected by Molly S Urquhart, includes:

  • Letters to Molly Urquhart, including letters from her mother and brother and Fred Zinneman, 1934-1976
  • Telegrams to Molly Urquhart, 1934-1954
  • Diaries, 1962-1963
  • Personal press cuttings, c1931-1970s
  • Other press cuttings relating to Scottish theatres and theatrical interests, c. 1922-c1972
  • Photographs, including photographs relating to Molly's career and family, c. 1930-1960s, Five Past Eight Show sketches, 1950s, Citizens' pantomimes, c1940-1950s, Citizens' opening nights, 1940s-1960s, other productions of specific plays and films, c1938-1971
  • Printed books and playscripts, 1907-1966, includes typescript of Sing a Song of Glasgow, sketches and songs, some by Molly Urquhart, 1914-1950s
  • Miscellaneous programmes, 1938-1971, some relating to the Citizens' Theatre, some to other productions connected to Molly Urquhart

Papers relating to the Molly S Urquhart Theatre, Rutherglen, including:

  • Financial papers, c. 1939-c1944
  • Programmes, 1939-1944
  • Posters and handbills, 1939-1941
  • Press cutting book, 1940-1944
  • Photographs of productions, 1939-1943

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Sinclair Urquhart (1906-1977 ) adopted the name Molly Sinclair Urquhart as her professional name. She began her career as an actress with amateur clubs, joining the St George Players in the late 1920s. She joined the Tron Theatre Club, Glasgow, in 1931, and in 1932 she joined the Curtain Theatre, Glasgow. She married William McIntosh (1900-1959), a police officer, in 1934. In 1936 she joined the Sheldon-Browne Company. She founded her repertory theatre in 1939. The Molly S Urquhart Theatre was at East Main Street, Rutherglen and had been converted from a former church. In 1943 her son, James Urquhart McIntosh, was born. The MSU Theatre was closed in 1944 and Molly moved to the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, an association which would continue until 1956. Her husband became manager at the Citizens' in 1949. She had a starring role in the highly successful Tintock Cup, the Christmas show at the Citizens' in 1950. She was a member of the Five Past Eight Show review which performed at the Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, which she joined in 1953. The show continued throughout the 1950s. Her career moved increasingly to film work and in 1959 she was in The Nun's Story, directed by Fred Zinneman. Her other films included The Sundowners, 1960, and A Man for All Seasons, 1966.

See Helen Murdoch, Travelling Hopefully (Edinburgh, 1981) .

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Other Finding Aids

Paper based sheaf binder containing item and series level descriptions available at the Scottish Theatre Archive, Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department.

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

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