'Glasgow Citizens Theatre' (1972).
in the 'Alhambra Theatre' film.
Films made for cinema and television present a broad picture of theatre in Scotland in the 20th century. A quick search of the Moving Image Archive catalogue reveals, for instance:
- Tartan Galore (1934) — A cinema advert for the variety show at the Metropole Theatre, Glasgow
- Aladdin 1938 — Harry Gordon in panto at the Glasgow Alhambra
- Plays for the People (1946) — featuring the Citizens Theatre and made by well-known producer Thames and Clyde
- Aberdeen Children's Theatre (1959) — The activities and operation of the first Civic Children's Theatre to be opened in Britain
- Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow (1971) — Reminiscing about the theatre's heyday with television personality Bill Tennent and actor Rikki Fulton
- No Strings Attached (1959) — The work of the Puppet theatre in Aberdeen
- Aftermath of Fire, Palace Theatre, Dundee (1977) — Grampian Television footage
- Interview with Johnny Beattie and Una McLean (1980) — Interviews with the well-known actors made for Grampian Television
- Preview: Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Byre Theatre (1981) — Grampian Television preview of theatrical productions, and interviews with actor Walter Carr
- Encore for the Arts Scottish Theatre Company interiors and excerpt from 'Blood Red Roses' by 7:84 1981) — Scottish Television documentary featuring actor Andrew Cruikshank.
Some moving image material can only be viewed by appointment at our premises in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.
This includes records relating to Repertory Theatre in Aberdeen, Dundee, Pitlochry, Eden Court (Inverness), The Byre Theatre (St Andrews).
There are also interviews with people behind the scenes and on stage — Billy Connolly in rehearsal for instance, and an interview with playwright John McGrath (7:84 Scotland) from 1984.
Contact the Moving Image Archive to find out if footage is available to view.
See also the Edinburgh Festival page.