With Panto season upon us it seemed fitting to look at Birmingham’s theatre heritage.
The era of theatre building took place from the 1880s to World War I, where over 1000 professional theatres were operating in Britain at this time. One of the leading architects was Frank Matcham who designed and renovated over 120 theatres which included Birmingham’s Empire Palace Theatre.
Birmingham Theatres & Entertainment by Patrick Baird highlights the history of theatre in the region.
Synopsis:Through the medium of old photographs, programmes and advertisements, this splendid collection provides a fascinating look at the history of theatre and entertainment in Birmingham. From the construction of its first theatre in 1740, Birmingham has boasted a huge array of entertainment from plays and music festivals to circuses and ‘mops’….. Illustrated with more than 180 photographs from the archives of Birmingham Central Library, this comprehensive guide is a must have for anyone interested in the history of the entertainments industry in the area.
If you’re planning on going to see any shows in London this Christmas remember to shop through Theatre Tickets Direct through the Trusts spendandraise account.