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THE THEATRE ROYAL

Located in the corner of Hope Street and Cowcaddens Road, it is the oldest theatre in Glasgow and the largest in Scotland still in operation. It was opened in 1867 as the Royal Colosseum & Opera House but in 1869 the name changed to the Theatre Royal.

Designed by George Bell and destroyed by fire in 1879, this A listed building was purchased by the Scottish Opera in 1974. The Ambassador Theatre Group took over the management of the theatre in 2005.

A transformation started in 2012, keeping the Victorian auditorium and adding a stylish contemporary building extension with metal, concrete and glass panels.

The Theatre Royal presents a wide variety of drama, dance, comedy, opera and musical theatre.

  Oldest theatre in Glasgow, largest in Scotland.

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THE KING’S THEATRE

The King’s Theatre was designed by the architect Frank Matcham and opened on 12 September 1904. It is located in the corner of Bath Street and Elmbank Street.

It was built of blocks carved of Dumfriesshire red sandstone, and even after various restorations and renovations, it maintains much of the original splendour of the interior. There are seats for 1758 people in a free mix of Baroque and Rococo decoration, while being watched over two cherubs at the peak of the arch above the stage.

Glasgow City Council is the current owner of this A-listed building and since 2002. The Ambassador Theatre Group has taken over its management, presenting first class musicals and pantomime alongside a wider range of drama, dance and comedy.

Possibly the best UK Christmas pantomime is to be seen there.

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CITIZENS THEATRE

The Citizens Theatre, based just south of the Clyde in the Gorbals area and designed by Campbell Douglas, was opened in 1878 as the Royal Princess’s Theatre.

This building has endured a lot of renovations and expansions, but still keeps some of the original Victorian architectural features such as the arch stage and the oldest original working understage machinery in the United Kingdom. It now includes a main auditorium and two studio theatres.

When it opened, the theatre presented melodrama, variety and pantomimes. It currently shows a mixture of contemporary versions of classic plays and new Scottish drama, producing professional productions but also participatory work with amateur people.

The oldest original working understage machinery in the UK.

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THE PAVILION THEATRE

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Fifth finalist
ORAN MOR

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Sixth finalist
BRITANNIA PANOPTICON

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Seventh finalist
TRON THEATRE

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The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.

Stella Adler. Americain actress (1901 – 1992).

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In 1906, Stan Laurel made his first stage appearance on amateur night at The Britannia Panopticon.

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Theatres in Glasgow

The first buildings used for theatrical performances in Scotland were amphitheatres introduced by the Romans in Newstead (Scottish Borders) and Inveresk (East Lothian), who copied theatres from ancient Greece.
But Glasgow modern theatres as we enjoy now can be found from 1843. The Theatres Act removed the existing patent monopoly and allowed a theatre license to be granted to any person, encouraging the building of new theatres.

During the following decades, many theatres were demolished and replaced by larger halls to accommodate larger audiences.

In 1895 Howard & Wyndham Ltd was founded in Glasgow. The company was a theatre owning, production and management company that owned the Theatre Royal Glasgow. It also built and opened the King’s Theatre in Glasgow in 1904.

In the 1960s, Howard & Wyndham Ltd sold its theatres in Glasgow to the city council, except the Alhambra Theatre Glasgow (closed in 1969).

After World War II, television and cinema led to decreasing audiences, which resulted in the demolition of many theatres while others were converted to different uses. Just a few survived.

In the 1960s and 70s, local councils were the main builders of new theatres, often integrated into civic complexes that included other amenities and were built in a more functional architectural style.

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Technical Criteria

Research led by SUZANNAH HENDERSON ׀

Date of the Research: 12 – 30 MARCH 2017 ׀

Publication date: 31 MARCH 2017

Review date: 31 MARCH 2018

Scope of the research & essential inclusion criteria:

It exists today. Open to the public.

Third Stage: Premium+ & Premium Validation criteria:


1 Historical.
2 Uniqueness.
3 Exterior condition.
4 Interior condition.
5 Diversity of the productions.
6 Number of productions.

7 Quality of the productions.
8 Architecture.
9 Stage visibility.
10 Sound.
11 Surroundings.
12 Public relevance.

13 Capacity.
14Estimated visitors.
15 Visit tours.
16 Theatre promotion.

17 A-listed.
18 Friendly staff.
19 Other activities.
20 Other features.

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