Prince's Theatre Royal


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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Prince's Theatre Royal
Location: Glasgow
County: Lanark
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: 100 West Nile Street (Corner of West Nile & Buchanan Street). For a current map, Click Here.

  • Alternate Names: Prince’s Theatre, Prince’s Opera House.

  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:

  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.

  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Prince's Theatre Royal

    Events at Prince's Theatre Royal

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 27 August 1849 - 1 September 1849 Glasgow, Lanark Female American Serenaders
    Dramatic 4 December 1849 - 4 December 1849 Glasgow, Lanark Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 10 December 1849 - 10 December 1849 Glasgow, Lanark Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 17 February 1851 - 17 February 1851 Glasgow, Lanark Brooke, G.V.
    Dramatic 24 February 1851 - 1 March 1851 Glasgow, Lanark Brooke, G.V.

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (

      ” Prince's Theatre, Corner of West Nile Street & Buchanan Street, Glasgow

      The Prince's Theatre, Glasgow was built by James Wylson and was a conversion from a former building, also designed by him two years earlier, for the display of Dioramas. The newly converted Theatre opened on the 15th of January 1849 with the opera "Giselle, or the Night Dancers," and the vaudeville of the "Imperial Guard."

      Horatio Lloyd, Arthur Lloyd's father, was acting manager of the Prince's Theatre on its opening and he writes about it in his autobiography, an extract of which follows:

      On the following morning I started for Glasgow to superintend the completion of the Prince's Theatre, of which I was to be acting manager. Amongst the company engaged for the opening season were the two well-known names of Sam Cowell and Tom Powrie; we had the afterwards famous artist Sam Bough as our chief scene-painter, and Mr Howard Glover as musical director, and we opened on 15th January, 1849, with an opera, and the farce of "The Imperial Guard" - the latter thus cast: - Ronslaus (a soldier), Mr Edmund Glover; Carlitz (the village post), Mr Lloyd; Christine (an inn-keeper) Miss Fielding.
    • Glasgow Story Website. 09/14/2008 (

      "Also known as Prince's Theatre Royal and Prince's Opera House, the Prince's Theatre opened at 100 West Nile Street in 1849, on the site of the former Royal Victoria Horse Bazaar. Owned and managed by Edmund Glover, it presented a programme of music, opera and drama. Mrs Stirling, featured on this playbill, was at the height of her fame in a long acting career when she appeared at the Prince's Theatre.

      The theatre closed in 1867 when the site was taken by Hengler's Circus." (Search 'Prince's Theatre')