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1970 – Should the Theatre Royal Survive?

As the twentieth century wore on the Theatre Royal was now resembling a battered relic from its Victorian bygone age.  With a vision to refurbish the venue, Nottingham City Council created plans for a new modern Festival Hall complex.  However, during a time of austerity in the 1970s such a scheme was deemed highly controversial.  Listen on to hear the arguments that raged in both the Council House and on the letters page of the Nottingham Evening Post.

Theatre Royal, 1960 © Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Theatre Royal, 1960 © Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Cover of the Programme of the Theatre Royal's Centenary Anniversary in 1965 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Cover of the Programme of the Theatre Royal’s Centenary Anniversary in 1965 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

The Council House, 1973 © George L Roberts and www.picturethepast.org.uk

The Council House, 1973 © George L Roberts and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Old Market Square and the Council House, 1975 © Courtesy Edgar Lloyd and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Old Market Square and the Council House, 1975 © Courtesy Edgar Lloyd and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Posted On: October 22, 2015 By: Hidden Tales   Preview   Direct link   Back to #Hidden Tales of the Theatre Royal: Animating the Archive 

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