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Royal Princess's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre opened in Main Street, Gorbals, in 1878, changing its name to the Royal Princess's Theatre two years later. The architect was Campbell Douglas and sculptor John Mossman provided parapet statues of Burns, Shakespeare and the muses. The facade was said to include Doric columns from David Hamilton's Union Bank in Ingram Street.

The Royal Princess's was well known for its productions of plays, melodramas and pantomimes. The pantomimes often ran for up to twenty weeks and were distinguished by always having thirteen letters in the title. The programme illustrated is for a 1942 production of the pantomime Tam Todlebonny", written and produced by theatre manager Harry McKelvie.

In 1945 the name changed to the Citizens' Theatre.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Theatre Collection

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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