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Ayr Gaiety Theatre

11 September 2021 (Online)

12 September 2021 (Online)


The Gaiety Theatre, designed by local architect J McHardy Young, was built in 1902. This category B listed building closed in 2009, and after a huge campaign by the local community, reopened in December 2012 with Cinderella. The theatre is now run as a charity by the Ayr Gaiety Partnership with the support of over 100 volunteers. In 2016 the Gaiety underwent a £2.4 million refurbishment which highlights the Art Deco and Edwardian heritage, with the Rococo style Cherubs being of particular historic interest.

The Gaiety building may be closed to the public, but behind the scenes there’s plenty going on. Join us on Digital Ayrshire Doors Open Day to take a look inside the theatre. And discover how The Gaiety is continuing as a key part of our community.

It’s the first time we’ve done this, so plans may evolve a little. Details will be on the website. Join us for a unique view of The Gaiety at work.

Digital Resources

A Whirl Around the Gaiety

This new short film takes disenfranchised teenager Amy on a journey not only through The Gaiety theatre but its history too. Amy meets activist Davis Brock who is trying to save the theatre from demolition. As they explore the theatre they meet the people whose stories make up its past: stories about how the theatre survived wars, fires, lions, a drunk Frenchman and how Cherubs saved the building! This film reflects on The Gaiety’s variety heritage and audiences can expect a rich mix of comedy, music and dance.

Witten by Len McCaffer

Watch this short film!

Key Information

  • Carrick Street
  • Ayr
  • KA7 1NU