M'Cready Promptbooks

Circa: Early 19th-century

Whilst stickers and handwritten notes on the prompt book covers prove they were once owned by the M’Creadys, it’s uncertain where the plays detailed inside were performed. 

Rather than managing one theatre at a time, both William and Sarah M'Cready ran multiple theatres concurrently. William variously oversaw Newcastle, Berwick, Carlisle, Dumfries, Whitehaven, Swansea, and Bristol, while Sarah was the first female manager to run theatres in Bath, Cardiff, and Bristol simultaneously. 

Running several theatres at once was common in the early 19th-century, as it gave managers greater financial security and enabled them to create relationships with different actors and audiences.