Playbills take centre stage

From its opening in 1769 to closure in 1859, the first Theatre Royal in Edinburgh played an important role in the revival of Scottish culture. Scotland's leading theatre of the time, it presented musical events as well as plays, and is associated with popular stage adaptations of some of Sir Walter Scott's novels.

The National Library of Scotland now has digitised more than 240 playbills - used to advertise performances - which are available to view in a new feature on our website. The selection starts from 1807, and has been chosen from the Library's collections to produce a picture of the activities of the theatre in the early part of the 19th century.

  Pantomine programme

Search and browse facilities can be used to reveal such facts as the names of performers in a particular play or which musical events were being held on the same night. See Playbills of the Theatre Royal Edinburgh in our Digital Library section.

12 June 2003

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