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Popular Entertainment and the Theatre

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of over 5,000 items related to popular theatre and entertainment in Glasgow which date from between 1805 and 1995.

This collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, watercolours, theatre programmes and posters. It also contains handbills, awards, costume and textiles, sweet boxes, juggling equipment, scrapbooks, autographed photographs and postcards, tickets and various fittings and fixtures. These items represent a range of performers, from theatre and television to street entertainment and the circus. They include Rikki Fulton, Billy Connolly, George West, Jimmy Logan, the 19th century street entertainer 'Old Malabar' (James Feeney) and the music hall performer JA Wilson and his performing dog 'Private Towser'. Theatre owners and venues, such as Theatre Royal actor/manager John Henry Alexander and the Palace Theatre in the Gorbals, are also represented. Other significant items include a ticket to a Charles Dickens reading, a Wombwell Menagerie poster and early Scotia Theatre handbills. The collection also contains 228 theatrical and music hall programmes, posters and ephemera gifted in 1975 by the Glasgow theatre impresario Alex Frutin. These are mainly associated with the Metropole Theatre in Glasgow.