About Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith is a chartered accountant, mainly involved in the building of new towns and the renewal of cities to enjoy the art of living. For a period in the 1990s he was the secretary and financial director of the Theatre Royal, Hope Street, Glasgow and of Scottish Opera. He is an honorary research fellow of the University of Strathclyde, and assisted Ships for a Nation, the story of John Brown`s of Clydebank. Graeme is also the author of two books on Glasgow's Theatre Royal and Alhambra (See details below).
Graeme is an enthusiastic contributor to this site and has written a great many detailed articles on Theatres in Glasgow and other Scottish Towns and Cities, and very kindly sent them in for inclusion on the site, all illustrated with a plethora of wonderful archive images. Graeme can be seen talking about the Theatre Royal, Hope Street in the video from STV below.
Books by Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith's book, 'THE THEATRE ROYAL: Entertaining a Nation', produced in full colour, with 280 pages and around 400 illustrations of the people, performances and city it grew up with, is available here.
The introduction and list of contents are shown below.
From Cowcaddens to the Colosseum, from Hope Street to Hollywood for entertainment, drama, pantomime, music and song this is the fascinating story lavishly illustrated .. of the Theatre Royal. Emerging from Music Halls to an Opera House and the national home of Scottish Opera and The Scottish Ballet the Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre in Glasgow, opening in 1867. It is also the largest example in Britain of the theatre designs of Charles Phipps.
Right - Graeme Smith's new book 'THE THEATRE ROYAL: Entertaining a Nation' Click for more details and to buy the book online.
Pantomime, plays, spectaculars, silent films, circuses,
ballet, opera and television grew up with the Royal. Original documents
trace its life and personalities, from its parentage in the 18th century,
the influence of the Glover family here and overseas, its links with
fine arts and the International Exhibitions, all expressing the confidence
of Glasgow and the context of its times. It is also the birthplace of
Howard & Wyndham Ltd, one of Britain`s major theatre companies,
thanks to the Simons fruit businesses in Candleriggs; and the birthplace
of commercial television in Scotland, thanks to Canadian Roy Thomson.
For an encore there is a history of the previous Theatre Royal in Dunlop
List of Contents:
The Alhambra Glasgow by Graeme Smith
Famous for glamour and humour, variety, pantomime, musicals, ballet, opera, drama and dance the immense Alhambra Theatre stayed ahead of other theatres. Opening in 1910, at the corner of Waterloo Street and Wellington Street, and designed by eminent architect Sir John James Burnet, its managing director Sir Alfred Butt gave the best of European and American Vaudeville attractions in the Resort of the Elite. Its founders supported cinema, jazz, cabaret and ballrooms.
The complete history of the Glasgow Alhambra is told for the first time, in full colour, with 400 illustrations, in this new quality-bound softback book by Graeme Smith and is highly recommended.
The book is priced just £20 and can be found in all good bookstores and online at the book`s own website www.glasgowalhambra.co.uk
THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW LIBRARY Friendly Shelves
As chairman of The Friends of Glasgow University Library, Graeme has initiated and directed the publication in 2016 of an extensively illustrated 288 page book titled THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW LIBRARY Friendly Shelves, which through a series of guest authors describes the birth and growth of the library since the 15th century to the present time and showcases its unique and distinctive collections, many of international status, including the Scottish Theatre Archive.
Founded under King James II in 1451, Glasgow University and its fledgling library has developed across the centuries from the Renaissance and the Reformation, through the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, to become one of the major universities of the world.
The Digital Revolution, equal to the fifteenth-century
invention of the printing press which democratised learning, is enabling
the Library to unlock its many treasures and make them more widely
available here and overseas. All proceeds from the book are being
donated to the library to support its programme of public engagement.
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