Basic Site Details

Name: Queen's Theatre
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: First building on site built for a company of which James Black was major shareholder, leasee and manager.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Theatre RoyalYesName transferred to this theatre after the original theatre of that name demolished.

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Broughton StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81855  Initial building
Item 2 of 81865  Bryce building destroyed by fire and new building constructed
Item 3 of 81875  Burnt down
Item 4 of 81876  Rebuilding within shell of David MacGibbon's building
Item 5 of 813 January 1876  Rebuilding
Item 6 of 81884  Rebuilding again after fire
Item 7 of 81913  Internal alterations
Item 8 of 819341937 Internal rebuilding


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 6John Gavins    (See Wedddell handlist for this information)
Item 2 of 6David Bryce  1855 Initial theatre
Item 3 of 6David MacGibbon  1865  
Item 4 of 6Charles John Phipps  1876 Rebuilding within shell of David MacGibbon's building
Item 5 of 6William Beattie-Brown  1913 Internal work
Item 6 of 6Thomas Bowhill Gibson  19341937Internal rebuilding


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Baird, G Edinburgh Theatres Manuscript history in Edinburgh Public Library, Edinburgh Room 
Item 2 of 2Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)p22-4

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Builder23 July 1853   
Item 2 of 7Builder2 December 1865XXIII  
Item 3 of 7Builder29 May 1897  Obituary of Phipps
Item 4 of 7Edinburgh Evening Courant29 November 1855   
Item 5 of 7Edinburgh Evening Courant19 December 1855   
Item 6 of 7Illustrated London News14 February 1857   
Item 7 of 7RIBA JournalJanuary 1950v57London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp121 - obituary of Thomas Bowhill Gibson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 8 drawings
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSRIAS Collection 8 drawings
Item 3 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Handlist -10 sheets drawings (roll 28)