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THE first move, which Edinburgh Corporation will no doubt keenly follow up, for the establishment of a Scottish National Theatre in the city, was made by the Lord Provost's Committee at their meeting yesterday. On a motion by Councillor Johnson-Gilbert, the committee decided that the appropriate Corporation officials should explore suitable sites. The proposal was accepted without any discussion.

The step is a sequel to the recent Parliamentary assurance by Mr Glenvil Hall, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, that if Scotland felt that a similar movement to that of England should be set on foot for a national Theatre, they would find the Government of today would have a ready ear for any reasonable request. More than one location has been tentatively mentioned in talk of the theatre project.

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It has been suggested that it should be associated with the possible Festival centre in the Grassmarket. Other areas spoken of are those of the old Theatre-Royal as proposed in the city planning report, and Tollcross.