Papers of Reg Allen (b1916), theatre set designer

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Designs for sets and scenery for productions at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow, c1946-1977
  • Set models 1940s-1970s
  • Press cuttings books, including the Alhambra, Glasgow, 1925-1926, King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 1959-1965, King's Theatre, Glasgow, 1940-1947, 1960-1962, 1964-1967
  • Plans and posters, drawings for stage designs, undated, programmes for the Alhambra Theatre and King's Theatre, Glasgow, 1973-1977
  • Howard & Wyndham Ltd, scenery and rostrums record book, Murrayfield store, 1973-1977
  • House drawings book (for the Alhambra, Glasgow?) 1966-1969
  • Programmes for the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow, and King's Theatre, Edinburgh.

Administrative / Biographical History

One of the finest scenic designers to have worked in Scottish theatre, Reg Allen was born in Willesden, London in 1916. His first job was as a scenic artist for a production of Cinderella in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1935. There followed several seasons in Dublin, designing both for pantomime and variety, with stars such as Jimmy O'Dea and Maureen Potter. After Second World War service in the Royal Corps of Engineers, he was sought out by the Howard and Wyndham management, with whom he worked for 31 years. He devised the transformation scenes, oriental treasure caves, ogres, palaces, giant beanstalks and coaches-out-of-pumpkins for pantomimes in Edinburgh and Glasgow. His designs for the Five Past Eight Show review, which performed at the Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, included representations of cities from Vienna to New York, Paris to London.

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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, November 2002

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