The Theatre Royal in Dumfries, Scotland is the oldest working theatre in Scotland.


The building itself was designed by a local architect, Thomas Boyd who also built Buccleuch Street Bridge in Dumfries. Boyd's theatre design was based on the Theatre Royal in Bristol and featured a pillared portico over the entrance and a three tiered auditorium.


The building was opened in September 1792 with a celebratory performance, it proved very popular and soon enough the new theatre attracted many famous faces of the day, both on and off stage.


In 1876 the theatre was subject to an extensive renovation at the hands of celebrated theatre architect C. J. Phipps. This renovation expanded the theatre to provide new entrances to the different levels and more space for dressing rooms, as well as making improvements to the interior, some of which still survives as part of the balcony today.


In 1954, The Guild of Players purchased the building. The Guild still run the theatre to this day and have just completed a further renovation that will ensure the Theatre Royal fit to serve Dumfries with entertainment for another 200 Years.

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