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The Actors’ Digs: Life Away from the Theatre Royal Stage

Dating back to the sixteenth century, the term ‘digs’ has been adopted by theatres to describe the short-term accommodation provided to actors by local landlords and landladies.  The Theatre Royal still provides an extensive digs list to all its visiting companies.  Listen here to discover extracts from a visitors book from a Theatre Royal landlady dating back to the 1930s.

An image believed to be Mr and Ms Waplington in front of the theatre lodgings at No. 5 Dryden Street, circa 1930s © Theatre Royal Nottingham

An image believed to be Mr and Ms Waplington in front of the theatre lodgings at No. 5 Dryden Street, circa 1930s © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Photo signed for the Waplingtons from their Visitors' Book, 1946 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Photo signed for the Waplingtons from their Visitors’ Book, 1946 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Photo signed for the Waplingtons from their Visitors' Book © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Photo signed for the Waplingtons from their Visitors’ Book © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Page from the Waplingtons' Visitors' Book, 1956 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

Page from the Waplingtons’ Visitors’ Book, 1956 © Theatre Royal Nottingham

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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