[ The Edinburgh Opera Company and its 'reconstitution'. ] Three manuscript volumes of the 'reconstituted company': a minute book with newspaper cuttings, circulars and ephemera; an account book; and a book of the details of associate members.

Edinburgh Opera Company, founded by Loudoun Shepherd [ William Scott, Chairman; James Kirk Wilkie, Hon. Sec.; Scottish amateur music; Edinburgh Corporation Education Committee ]
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The Edinburgh Opera Company, Edinburgh, Sc otland. Between 1949 and 1951.

The Edinburgh Opera Company was founded by Loudoun Shepherd around 1919, with productions until at least 1979, when it put on the Flying Dutchman at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. As the first entry in Item One reveals, the Company's reconstitution was as a result of a collaboration with an opera class set up by the Edinburgh Corporation Education Committee.

[ Allan Wilkie, Shakespearian actor-manager in Australia. ] 24 Autograph Letters Signed to the theatre historian Allan Duncan, discussing his life and career in England and Australia, with copies of 18 of Duncan's replies, and nine other items,.

Allan Wilkie (1878-1970), Anglo-Scottish Shakespearian actor-manager in England and Australia; Barry Duncan Duncan [ Horace Alexander Barry Duncan ] (1909-1985), theatre historian and bookseller
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The first five from 42 Mount Edward Road, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland; 17 of the others (including 7 on his letterhead) from Montford House, Rothesay; the other one from Edinburgh. Between 11 January 1965 and 15 October 1969.

It is safe to say that no Shakespearian actor travelled as widely as Allan Wilkie, and few can surely match the number of his performances. Although born in Liverpool, Wilkie considered himself Scottish ('a young Scots boy'). Inspired by Osmond Tearle, he took to the stage, learning his craft with Ben Greet's company. The Times obituary of 'Mr. Allan Wilkie | Shakespearian actor-manager', 8 January 1970, describes how, after six years as a touring actor-manager in England, Wilkie took his troupe to India, China and Japan, 1911-1913.

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