National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Comedy and Tragedy


Type Medallion

     On the left of the upper façade 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.
     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 1990, and has recently re-opened as part of Hanley's new 'Cultural Quarter'. (1)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Trent, W.E. Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Each roundel Stone, white Each 70cm diamter x 15cm deep approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STskHAxx017 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Piccadilly
Precise location On the upper façade of the Regent Theatre
A-Z ref 57 2E
OS ref SJ883474
Date of design 1926-29
Year of unveiling 1929
Unveiling details 1929
Commissioned by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd
Duty of care Regent Theatre
Listing status II*
At risk? No known risk

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