Theatre Royal

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Theatre Royal
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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.

By: Malcolm Jack


Venue name: Theatre Royal
Address: 282 Hope Street
G2 3QA
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  • Classical and opera Tuesday May 9 2017 - Saturday May 20 2017
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