Glasgow’s oldest and longest-running theatre, the Theatre Royal continues to dazzle audiences in Scotland’s largest city. Regularly hosting in-house and touring productions, the Category A listed 1541-capacity theatre is the performance home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet.
The Theatre Royal opened in 1867 under the ownership of theatre entrepreneur James Bayliss and was designed in its current incarnation by the architect C.J. Phipps in 1879. The theatre found itself under the ownership of the production company Howard & Wyndham Ltd for six decades until it was sold to Scottish Television (STV) in 1957, becoming the ITV network’s main Scottish home. The venue was bought by Scottish Opera with public support in 1974 and remains under the same ownership today, although the management of the theatre is now overseen by AMG.
As the home theatre of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet the Theatre Royal is the undisputed place in Scotland to catch quality opera and ballet productions. Outside of opera and ballet, the theatre presents a wide variety of shows including drama, pantomime, musicals, comedy and children’s performances. With recent visitors to the Theatre Royal including Dylan Moran and Frankie Boyle, a quality night’s entertainment is guaranteed.