Public Monuments and Sculpture in Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle-under-Lyme
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Comedy and Tragedy
at the Regent Theatre, Hanley
 

Location: On the upper fašade of the Regent Theatre, Piccadily, Hanley
Unveiling: 1929
Commissioned by: Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd
Listed Status: grade II*
 

  Comedy at the Regent Theatre, Hanley  Tragedy at the Regent Theatre, Hanley
Comedy and Tragedy at the Regent Theatre, Hanley
 

Regent Theatre entrance on Piccadilly
Regent Theatre entrance on Piccadilly

photos:  Steve Birks  July 2008

 

 

Description:

On the left of the upper fašade of the theatre frontage the face of Comedy wears a jesters cap, on the right, the face of Tragedy has unruly hair resembling downturned horns.

The words 'COMEDY' and TRAGEDY' are inscribed under the appropriate roundels.

 

Background:

The Regent Theatre was previously a cinema opened by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres on 11 February 1929. In 1930 the Provincial was taken over by the Gaumont British Picture Corporation, although it was not renamed the Gaumont until 1950.
In 1976 the Gaumont was renamed the Odeon Film Centre after the Odeon in Trinity Street closed down in 1975. In 1987 the building was refurbished and reopened, closing in 1989. In recent years a Mr Richard Talbot has been caring for the theatre ensuring its security and doing minor repairs at his own expense.

The Regent Theatre was listed in 1989, and has re-opened as part of Hanley's new 'Cultural Quarter'.

 


 

Materials:

Part of work

Material

Dimensions

Two roundels

Stone, white each 70cm diameter by 15cm deep approx.

more on the Regent Theatre

 

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questions/comments/contributions? email: Steve Birks

3 July 2008