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Scotia Music Hall

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Scotia Music Hall

The Scotia Music Hall in Stockwell Street was also known as the Scotia Variety Theatre. It was opened in 1862 by James Bayliss who died in 1870 and was succeeded as the owner by his wife. As can be seen from this 1892 programme cover the Scotia claimed to be the largest variety theatre in Scotland. Inside, the programme lists no fewer than seventeen variety acts, with a plea from the management "not to insist upon encores". Leading acts such as Vesta Tilley and Charles Coburn were engaged and the Scotia witnessed the first professional stage performance from a young Harry Lauder.

In 1897 the Scotia closed for refurbishment, reopening as the Metropole.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Theatre Collection, G 792 MUS

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

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