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Shakespeare Music Hall

Mitchell Library, Theatre Collection

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Shakespeare Music Hall

In 1881 Arthur Lloyd took over the Star Music Hall in Watson Street, off Gallowgate, and renamed it the Shakespeare Music Hall. With a capacity of over 2,600, it attracted large working class audiences from the East End.

In September 1884 the Shakespeare was acquired by D S McKay of Edinburgh, and renamed the New Star Theatre of Varieties. A shadow was cast over the theatre on 1 November when a false fire alarm caused panic, resulting in a rush to the exits and a crush which left fourteen dead and eighteen injured. McKay offered to pay for the burial of the dead, and helped organise a relief fund.The New Star was subsequently renamed the Queen's Theatre.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Theatre Collection, G 792 MUS

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
disasters, music halls, New Star Theatre of Varieties, Queen's Theatre, Shakespeare Music Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, Star Music Hall, theatres, variety



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