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Historic Theatre Photography

This website is a gathering place for all the photos and information I have pulled together on the various theatres and movie palaces I've been lucky enough to visit and/or work in. It's not meant to replace the great work done by others with similar websites, rather it focuses on my own photography and presents that along with the information I have about each theatre.

I hope you find this website interesting, and if you have a theatre you'd like me to photograph I'd love for you to get in touch.



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United Kingdom

Bristol Old Vic

The Bristol Old Vic is the United Kingdom’s oldest continuously operating theatre, having opened its doors in May 1766. At the time of opening it did not possess the royal patent required for the public performance of plays, so productions were disguised as concerts and the theatre’s entrance was not directly accessible from the street to minimize unwanted attention.

Bristol Hippodrome

The Bristol Hippodrome was designed by Frank Matcham, a prolific theatre designer in the UK, and opened on 16 December 1912. At its opening the theatre featured a huge water tank at the front of the stage which could be filled with 100,000 gallons (450,000 litres) of water, as well as an opening central dome in the auditorium to allow for ventilation.

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

The 1906 King’s Theatre was designed by James Davidson (exterior) and J D Swanston (interior), originally as a rival to Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, however in 1928 merged into the UK theatre empire managed by Howard & Wyndham. The theatre is locally known as “The Grand Old Lady Of Leven Street”.

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre is an intimate 658-seat playhouse completed in 1883. It was the first in Britain to be fitted with an iron safety/fire curtain and the first in Scotland to use electricity for house lighting. The Lyceum is named after the 1834 Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End.




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