Playbills of the Theatre Royal Edinburgh

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FURTHER READING (with National Library shelf marks)

  • Bolton, H. Philip, Plays from Sir Walter Scott’s Narrative Poems and Novels for which playbills exist in the National Library of Scotland, H8.86.646
  • Dibdin, James C. Annals of the Edinburgh Stage, Edinburgh, 1888, TheC.28
  • Findlay, Bill (ed.), A History of Scottish Theatre, Edinburgh, 1998, TheC.28.F
  • Mackenzie, Donald, Scotland’s first national theatre, Edinburgh, 1963, TheC.28.M
  • Sketch of the history of the Edinburgh Theatre-Royal, prepared for this evening of its final closing, May 25, 1859, Edinburgh, 1859, 3.1697(4)
  • Worth, Christopher, “‘A very nice Theatre at Edinr.’: Sir Walter Scott and Control of the Theatre Royal’, Theatre Research International 17, no. 2 (1992), 86-95, HJ4.1937


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