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Edition 17 2014

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(Spring Edition No. 17)

Greetings to all our fans in the UK and the USA


 It is a delight to present to you more stunning colour photographs, articles and letters about Britain’s theatres, past and present, in this delightful Edition of Britain’s unique magazine devoted to our halls of entertainment. We know that you will be thrilled with the content which is the work of so many theatre enthusiasts who show real dedication for the need to protect our theatre heritage.

 Our Spring edition (No. 17), has a brilliant cover showing the inspiring auditorium of Leeds

Grand Theatre and Opera House as seen from the stage, and, using a fish eye lens, we see the audience’s view of the stage itself, together with close up details of the amazing plasterwork. We also stay in Leeds to feature the re-furbished famous City Variety Music Hall which is a joy to behold. And there are awesome pictures of the Pavilion theatre on the pier at Cromer showing huge waves sweeping over the structure during the Winter storms that swept the country.

  This Edition’s ’lost’ theatres include Barnsley Theatre Royal which is no longer used for theatrical purposes, but its grandeur can still be seen today in its current use.  And, in a special feature, we

describe the development of Bridlington Spa Theatre and Royal Hall which is making great strides to keep entertainment alive in the area. We also report that, up in Scotland, Ayr Gaiety Theatre is back in business and doing well. We are also very pleased to present more information about the history of Glasgow Empire theatre. It is our pleasure to announce the centenaries of Redditch

Palace theatre and Winchester Theatre Royal.

 Another unusual aspect in this colourful Edition is the discovery by one of our readers of a series of theatre pictures in North Wales which he found in his late mother’s handbag! It’s certainly important memorabilia from the past, and it shows, once again, that our readers have so much information which they can recall on past theatre days. It is the memories which are such a wonderful feature of OLD THEATRES magazine, and by sharing them a little bit more of our theatre history is retained in print for future generations to enjoy.


 Delving further into the Variety shows which were so popular at Britain’s theatres in the 1950s and 60s, we have looked through archives to find many old posters relating to attractions during those halcyon days which are bound to please readers who remember those wonderful years. And we are pleased to report that those great nostalgic days are coming back with individual productions at

various theatre, together with travelling shows like Duggie Chapman’s Bless ‘Em All nostalgia

presentation. Duggie also looks back to his Old Time Music Hall production which he toured with in 1965.


 To purchase a copy of the latest Edition (No.17) which contains well over 100 pictures, many in full colour, and more than 50 pages:

Please send a cheque for £7 (payable to T.G.Kirtland) and sent it to us at

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