Home of both the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet, this is the city’s home of highbrow theatre, though the programme also covers more populist productions
Theatres in Glasgow don’t come any older than this. Opened in 1867 as the Royal Colosseum & Opera House, it became the less fussy-sounding Theatre Royal in 1869, and has been in constant use ever since. Owned by Scottish Opera since 1974 – who in 2005 leased management of the theatre to international entertainment giant the Ambassador Theatre Group – it remains home today to both Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet.
Theatre Royal has been the subject of a recent two-year, £14 million upgrade and refurbishment programme, which has seen a cylindrical extension on the corner of Hope Street and Cowcaddens Road added to the 147 year-old building. It houses new foyers, bars, a box office, cloakroom and hospitality suites, as well as a rooftop terrace bar-restaurant with fine views over the city. But architecturally, the Royal remains defined by its impressive period features, some of which are as old as the building itself, including a traditional, cherry-red walled proscenium arch theatre and grand auditorium with plush red seats and an ornately decorated ceiling.
As well as all the major productions by its two resident companies – which have in recent years included Scottish Opera’s take on Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ and Scottish Ballet’s hugely successful version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ – the Royal Theatre also hosts a broad variety of populist entertainment spanning the worlds of theatre, dance, comedy, musicals, kids shows, close-up celebrity encounters and live music. Expect everything from Agatha Christie dramas to burlesque shows, Motown covers bands, Robin Hood parodies, and stand-up performances by the likes of Kevin Bridges or Frankie Boyle in any given month.
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Scottish Opera: Ariadne Auf Naxos
Antony McDonald's production of Strauss's opera set at a party held by the richest man in Vienna, where a tragic opera and a comedy are performed at the same time. Sung in German with English surtitles.Classical and opera Thursday March 22 2018 - Wednesday March 28 2018
Scottish Ballet: Highland Fling
Matthew Bourne's romantic ballet set to Herman Severin Lovenskjold's score, following the downfall of James, newly married, and with only sex, love and rock'n'roll on his mind. His excesses leads him into the company of a wild, gothic fairy.Ballet Wednesday April 4 2018 - Saturday April 7 2018
Macca: The Concert
West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti stars as the famous singer-songwriter in a state-of-the-art, multimedia performance celebrating McCartney's entire solo career, the Wings Over The World 1975-6 Concert Tour and a selection of Beatles favourites...Musicals Sunday April 8 2018
Ellie Jones directs Matthew Warchus's production of Yasmina Reza's Olivier Award-winning study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance visits the story of Serge, Marc and Yvan, whose solid 15-year friendship founders when Serge buys an expensive painting....Comedy Monday April 9 2018 - Saturday April 14 2018
Birdsong Productions, in association with Original Theatre, presents Rachel Wagstaff's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's novel of war-torn romance, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Directed by Alastair Whatley with...Tuesday May 29 2018 - Saturday June 2 2018