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Scottish Theatre Archive - Name Details


Name: Metropole Theatre (Stockwell St) , Glasgow
Dates: 1862-1961
Notes: Formally the Scotia Theatre, which opened in 1862 as a music hall, it changed its name to the Metropole in 1897. In its early years the Metropole was managed by Arthur Jefferson, his son Stanley, auditioned at another Glasgow theatre, the Panopticon. After some success he eventually changed his name to Laurel and became know as Stan Laurel. The Metropole was an important venue for many Scottish artistes, many of whom began their careers there, such as W. F. Frame and Harry Lauder. The theatre was destroyed by fire 28 October 1961.
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