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Theatre Royal Dumfries

Door open days

7 September 2019 (10 am to 5 pm)

8 September 2019 (1 pm to 5 pm)

Dumfries and Galloway

The oldest theatre in Scotland, the Theatre Royal is in the heart of Dumfries and first opened its doors in 1792. It has strong associations with the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote several pieces specifically for its stage.

 

The Theatre saw multiple changes of ownership during the first half the of 20th Century, before being bought by the Guild of Players in 1959. 

 

The Guild managed to secure support from new sources and instead of planning on building new facilities upwards, they looked towards expanding outwards.  Adjacent buildings were purchased, and renovation work began in 2014, completed by the end of 2015.  The newly refurbished building includes several new spaces while maintaining many of the historic features, ushering Scotland’s oldest theatre into the 21st Century.

 

Attend one of the touring productions presented throughout the year, which includes live music, stand-up comedy and theatrical dramas. The Guild of Players presents a regular season of four shows, as well as a family-friendly Christmas pantomime.

Facilities

Backstage tours

Exhibition

Vintage costumes for sale

Rehearsed readings

Key Information

Architect: Thomas Boyd (1792), Charles J. Phipps (1876), Colin Morton (1959), Gordon Fleming (2013)

Building Date: 1792

Backstage tours

Exhibition

Vintage costumes for sale

Rehearsed readings

www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk/

Office/Archive will not be open.

Photographs by Graham Edwards and Andrew Jardine

 

 

Where to find us

Address
  • 66 - 68 Shakespeare Street
  • Dumfries
  • DG1 2JH