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Theatre Royal (c1890 - 1955) (Castleford)



  • Existence: c1890 - 1955


The Castleford, Theatre Royal was originally built as a salvation army barracks in the 1880s and only converted to a theatre ten years later.

The theatre offered the traditional combination of variety shows, plays and pantomimes. In 1938 a fire destroyed much of the interior of the theatre, which was rebuilt and reopened to continue operating until 1955, when the decline of the genre forced it to close. Despite several attempts to revive the theatre the following decades, it was eventually converted to a supermarket.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Handby Celeine Collection

Reference code: NFA0107
Scope and Contents

Posters, photographs, programmes, 1 piece of sheet music for six instruments and a small amount of business records and correspondence relating to the dancing and burlesque comedy on skates.

Dates: c1920 - 1945; 2020

Posters, c1920 - 1939

Reference code: 178R38
Scope and Contents

British theatre posters presenting Handby Celeine acts among others.

Dates: c1920 - 1939

Theatre Royal Poster, Week commencing Monday 23 February c1931

Reference code: 178R38.2
Scope and Contents

Castleford. Francis Laider’s superlative revue the Bull’s Eye, Fred E. Rayne comedian, Flo Vesta, Jay Morelle, Three Skatories, The Empire Girls, George Roberts, Groves & Powsey, Will Handby, Ruby Rowe. Red and blue type on cream background. Printed by Gideon Shaw, The Electric Press, Castleford.

Dates: Week commencing Monday 23 February c1931

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Archival Object 2
Collection 1
Acrobats 2
Animals 2
Business 1
Circus 1
Clowning 2