Celebrating World Heritage Day

Join us in celebrating World Heritage Day by becoming part of our story.

Come share your memories and experiences at the King’s for our People’s Archive so we can spread joy for years to come.

On location: Painting of the site of the King’s Theatre in Tollcross ca. 1903

Before the King’s brought in stars like Lawrence Olivier, Maria Callas, Jimmy Logan, Rikki Fulton, Walter Carr, Grant Stott and Alan Stewart, the site of the King’s was a meeting place as part of a fruit and grain corner in the city. The Drumdryan Brewery and other market vendors once stood on site, marking a gathering place for shoppers and producers. From 1903 to today, this corner has continued to be a meeting place for thousands of faces, characters, and so much more.

The King’s Theatre Redevelopment Project has highlighted the importance of preserving and sharing our heritage by inspiring new designs, conservation works, and ensuring there is a working People’s Archive so we can continue to access, learn, and engage with our stories old and new.

Heritage is an umbrella term that not only describes how we interact with the past, but it influences how we interact with the present. As part of the King’s Theatre Heritage Project, we aim to highlight the ways people can engage with the theatre’s heritage and stories through Oral History participation, making creative projects inspired by the People’s Archive, and programming in Heritage Talks that coincide with what is on stage at Capital Theatres. 

The Drumdryan Brewery and Shop Fronts from 1903

How can you engage with Heritage collections?

Today marks the end of our Queen Margaret University, Working in Theatre Archives Course. Students created four multi-media projects inspired by the Festival Theatre and the People’s Archive including a documentary into the behind the scenes of working as a lighting technician at the King’s Theatre, a film showcasing the Martha Graham dance technique with interviews from members of the dance troupe who performed on stage at the Festival Theatre, a teacher’s guide to teaching 16-18 year olds about controversial representations in theatre archives, and a film about magic and ghosts in theatres.

Stay tuned to see these works on our new website!

The People’s Archive Needs You!

Volunteer with us!

If you are interested in learning more about the People’s Archive or volunteering with the King’s Theatre Heritage Project, please contact Abby (abby.pendlebury@capitaltheatres.com).

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