As both a receiving and producing theatre, the Tron is a key place to see visiting plays and some of the most diverse new theatre works coming out of Scotland
Founded as a theatre club in 1979, members took over the old Tron Kirk in 1980, staging plays originally in the Victorian Bar as the kirk itself was transformed into an auditorium. Opened formally as the Tron Theatre on May 10, 1981, it went on to flourish under the artistic leadership of Michael Boyd between 1986 and 1996 – a phase that saw now established names emerge, including Alan Cumming, Peter Mullan, Craig Ferguson, Siobhan Redmond and musician Craig Armstrong (who has worked on Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’ among other films).
A multi-million pound redevelopment between 1996 and 1999 saw facilities extensively upgraded, and the Tron Bar on Chisholm Street opened – a bright, glass-fronted café-bar, which has done much to popularise the Tron among even non-theatre going audiences, as simply another buzzing place to eat and drink in the Merchant City. Besides theatre productions, the Tron is also a key venue for several festivals throughout the year – including Celtic Connections, Glasgay!, Glasgow Comedy Festival and Glasgow International Jazz Festival – and hosts art exhibitions in its Long Gallery.
Since 2008, the Tron’s director has been Andy Arnold, founder of another of Glasgow’s great contemporary artistic institutions the Arches Theatre Company. Key productions under Arnold’s stewardship have included Liz Lochhead’s adaptation of Edwin Morgan’s ‘Dreams and Other Nightmares’, and the UK and Irish premiere of an award-winning resurrection of Dermot Bolger’s take on James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’.
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