This collection has been sorted into categories and the material relating to Western Theatre Ballet has been separated from the rest.
The collection includes some correspondence, leaflets, photographs and programmes. All other material including board papers and financial papers are held by Scottish Ballet at the Tramway Complex.
Founded by Peter Darrell and Elizabeth West as Western Theatre Ballet in Bristol in 1957, the Company moved to Glasgow in 1969 and was renamed Scottish Theatre Ballet, changing to Scottish Ballet in 1974. The Company performs across Scotland, the UK and abroad. The Company’s long history of touring internationally includes visits to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Portugal, Ireland and the rest of the UK. Its broad repertoire includes both classical and contemporary works.
Scottish Ballet provides an education and outreach programme to complement its production and touring activity. Classes include work with people of all ages and abilities. Scotland’s first ever conservatoire-based degree in Modern Ballet was launched by Scottish Ballet in partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Scottish Ballet was the first dance company in the UK to offer live audio-description for the visually impaired, and maintains a programme of regular audio-described performances today.
In 2009 Scottish Ballet moved to its new purpose-built home at the Tramway complex in Glasgow.