Theatre Collection

Belfast Central Library has approximately three thousand Irish theatre bills, programmes and other ephemeral items. These include a particularly fine collection of Theatre Royal material, but other Belfast theatres, ranging from the Alhambra to the Hippodrome are also extensively covered. A wide range of material is available on the Ulster Literary Theatre. Material from other provincial centres and Dublin is also to be found in this collection.


As an historical collection it is quite comprehensive. There are newspapers reviews, programmes and posters from 1821 onwards. Historical material covers the Theatre Royal, Grand Opera House, Alhambra, Hippodrome and Empire, whilst the modern material covers the Grove, Arts, Group, Little, Waterfront and Lyric Theatres. There is historical material relating to Irish theatres outside Northern Ireland.

Physical characteristics

The collection comprises approximately fifty boxes and forty folders of cuttings and programmes.

Description or Catalogue

Itemised list (typed) available for consultation.


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Added by Libraries NI | Last updated on: 24 May 2018