City Hall, Glasgow

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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: City Hall, Glasgow
Location: Glasgow
County: Lanark
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: Candleriggs (just north of Bell street). For a current map, Click Here.

  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:

  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.

  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at City Hall, Glasgow

    Events at City Hall, Glasgow

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Variety 1 March 1851 - 1 March 1850 Glasgow, Lanark Raymond ("Negro Vocalist"), Christy ("Negro Vocalist"), Gambia ("Negro Vocalist")

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (

      The site contains several images of the venue, along with information about Arthur Lloyd's performances there.
    • Glasgow Story Website. 09/14/2008 (

      "Glasgow City Halls in Candleriggs opened in 1841. There were five separate halls, including the Grand Hall, which originally had a capacity of 3,500. The halls were a popular venue for a wide range of events, including concerts, recitals, dances, lectures and political and social meetings.

      Well-known personalities such as Charles Dickens, William Thackeray and David Livingstone made appearances at the halls, as did entertainers such as the popular Victorian tenor, Durward Lely, featured here." (Search City Hall)

    • Glasgow's Concert Halls Website. 09/15/2008 (

      "No matter which concert you choose, from orchestral to the more intimate recital, the sound in our Grand Hall will be breathtaking. The traditional shoebox style auditorium is renowned throughout the world for having some of the finest acoustics.
      City Halls

      Our elegant and spectacular Hall provides the focus for Glasgow's Centre for Music. Dating from as far back as 1841, it is the city's oldest, but most well loved, purpose built performance and meeting space.[...]

      Did you know?

    • After years of wear and tear, the venue closed in 2003 for an extensive £15 million refurbishment, re-opening to great acclaim in 2006
    • The Grand Hall is a traditional style auditorium with raked seating and a balcony – it accommodates up to 1,036 people, although the largest audience was 3,500 back in 1843
    • The stage can accommodate an orchestra of over 90 and there are choir seats for 110
    • During the refurbishment, the venue's windows, which had been blocked off for more than 50 years, were uncovered allowing light to flood into the auditorium
    • Many famous names have appeared here over the years, including Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Billy Connelly and Dr David Livingstone."