Donald Campbell, ‘Playing for Scotland: A History of the Scottish Stage 1715-1965’, 1996

Chapter Six in Donald Campbell’s book is titled ‘The Glasgow Boys’, and the author comments in the opening paragraph, page 72:


“The Glasgow Theatre has a history that is completely different from that of Edinburgh. Lacking the status of national capital, there was no pressure to invite comparison with London, and Glasgow never had its own equivalent of the Elibank Group. Nor did Glasgow people ever express any interest in learning ‘the English language’; elocution was certainly taught in the city, but much later than in Edinburgh and never for such a political purpose. At least until the formation of the Glasgow Repertory Company in 1909, theatre in Glasgow developed along similar lines to most other British provincial centres.”