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Alhambra Theatre Book

The compelling story, told for the first time, in full colour, and over 500 illustrations.

ALHAMBRA Glasgow by Graeme Smith Quality-bound softback, 144 pages art paper.

Price £20.

On sale in bookstores including Waterstones, Hyndland Bookshop, Milngavie Bookshop, and directly, post free, from the author’s book website by Paypal

Alhambra Theatre Glasgow
photograph from author

Famous for glamour and humour, variety, pantomime, musicals, ballet, opera, drama and dance the immense ALHAMBRA THEATRE stayed ahead of other theatres. Opening in 1910, at the corner of Waterloo Street and Wellington Street, and designed by eminent architect Sir John James Burnet, its managing director Sir Alfred Butt gave “the best of European and American Vaudeville attractions” in the “Resort of the Elite.” Its founders supported cinema, jazz, cabaret and ballrooms. It started with the trans-Atlantic expansion of entertainment linking London, Glasgow, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco and New York.

The most advanced theatre in Britain, the Alhambra expressed the prowess of Glasgow and its environs. A showcase for musicals and premieres, the home of the most outstanding pantomimes, it was also the heart of Scotland`s largest ever repertory company the Wilson Barrett Company, and the venue of Scotland`s first Royal Variety performances, attended by Queen Elizabeth. The theatre`s Five Past Eight shows presented by Howard & Wyndham remain unequalled in Britain.

The Alhambra was a modern theatre, its entertainment exuberant.

“One of the best theatres in Europe” – Rikki Fulton
“Scotland’s most beautiful theatre” – Stanley Baxter
ISBN 978-0955942013.
Graeme Smith is also the author of The Theatre Royal: Entertaining a Nation. 19 Dec

Elizabeth Williamson, et al

2002, hardcover, 720pp, Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300096747
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