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.
Grab a drink at the bar before the show or enjoy a meal from the customised theatre menus at nearby restaurants. Want to get hands-on at the theatre? You can participate in one of the workshops or join our group of fantastic volunteers and help build sets and design costumes.
The Theatre Royal is located on the edge of Dumfries’ main shopping district, a short walk from the Dumfries railway station. It’s a 1.5-hour train journey to Dumfries from Glasgow or just under one hour’s drive from Carlisle Airport.
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44 upcoming events at Theatre Royal:
Times Are A-Changin’ - Songs of Peace, Protest & Love: Andante
Loch Arthur: A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Rolling Clones
One Night In Dublin: The Wild Murphys
Act of Repair
The Greatest Showgirls Tour: The Lady Boys of Bangkok
In Concert: Dean Friedman
Absolute Classics: Sacconi Quartet
Absolute Classics: Adriano Graziani, Phillip Thomas
Absolute Classics: Alexy Ospirov, Oxana Shevchenko
Absolute Classics: Ulysses Piano Trio
Absolute Classics: Ferio Saxophone Quartet, Timothy End
Absolute Classics: Christoph Croise, Oxana Shevchenko
Absolute Classics: Peter Donohoe
Absolute Classics: Le Yu
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat – An Amateur…
The Guild of Players' Showcase
Crimes on the Coast
Johnny Cash Roadshow
Only Fools and Boycie: John Challis
Rock and Roll Revolution: The Bluejays
Back to the Teuchter: Jim Smith
All My Sons: Guild Of Players
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
Born Believer: Susie McCabe
The Monster and Mary Shelley
Autumn Tour 2019: Buddy Holly And The Cricketers, Nick Player
The Infinite Show: Mark Watson
From Byker to Bafta: Dave Johns
The Country and Comedy Show: Gary Gamble, Elaine Boyle
Beyond the Fringe Tour 2019: Janey Godley
An Evening With: The Three Degrees
Tenement Jazz Band
We Three Kings...of Rock and Roll: Marc Robinson, Darren Page…
Last of the Red Hot Lovers: Guild Of Players
The Ultimate 70s Show
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