Old Theatres in the Potteries

“The working classes require amusement, and I consider a theatre properly conducted a very innocent amusement”



First Published: October 2010
Second Edition: February 2011

“The Staffordshire Potteries have a long association with theatres. Their first appearance in the area was with the travelling showmen and their mobile stages until the first permanent venue, the Royal Pottery Theatre, was opened in 1852. This book hopes to accurately chronicle the development and demise of theatre buildings in the area, along with some of the concert halls and permanent circus arenas. These include the Theatre Royal in Hanley, the Hippodrome in Stoke and the Empire Theatre in Longton, along with many others. Relevant photographs, maps and illustrations, along with vintage programmes and posters are printed throughout.”

‘Old Theatres in the Potteries’ was written during my employment by Stoke-on-Trent City Archives to catalogue their theatre collections. After discovering that there was no pre-existing work on the topic, I set to work with the aim of completing the task by the end of my contract, a mere three months away! Using the programmes, posters and archives of the service, along with vintage periodicals, microfilms of the Sentinel, maps, photographs, and other documentary sources, work was carried out at breakneck pace in whatever spare time available, around 40 hours a week . After proofreading and typesetting, the first proof copy arrived just two days before leaving my position at the archives! DEADLINE MET!

The book has since received features in the local press, positive reviews from publications of the theatre world, is available in numerous university libraries, and has sold more copies than I ever dared imagine, well into the hundreds!

RRP £9.99

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Webberley’s Bookshop, Percy Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1NG  Tel: 01782 222111   Fax: 01782 222123

Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, City Central Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley,
Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3RS Tel:01782 238420

Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ

Library Availability

Old Theatres in the Potteries is available for lending at
Stoke-on-Trent Libraries (CCL Hanley, Stoke, Longton, Tunstall, Bentilee, Trentham, Meir)
Staffordshire Libraries (Biddulph, Blythe Bridge, Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stafford, Stone, Talke, Werrington)
Keele University
Copies for consultation are also available at
Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, City Central Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3RS
William Salt Library, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ
British Library
Bodlean Library, Oxford
National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Wales

The Library of Trinity College, Dublin

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