Citizens Theatre, The

119 Gorbals Street  G5 9DS

Campbell Douglas & Sellars, 1878

Category B Listed

A unique opportunity to take a guided tour around this iconic theatre and hear about the vibrant history of its Gorbals home. Explore backstage areas and get up close to hidden gems under the stage. Early booking recommended!

The Citizens Theatre is the second oldest operational theatre in the UK. The Grade B listed building, retains many of its Victorian architectural features and is the only theatre in Scotland still to have its original machinery under the stage. It was built in 1876 and opened in 1878 as His Majesty’s Theatre, one of four theatres in the area at that time. Closing after just two years, it re-opened in 1880 as the Royal Princesses Theatre, designed by Campbell Douglas, a friend and contemporary of Alexander Greek Thompson.  In 1945, the Citizens Theatre Company led by playwright James Bridie was offered a generous lease of the building for a nominal rent and the theatre was finally renamed the Citizens Theatre.

It has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres ever since, recognised internationally as a leader in its field. Fondly known as The Citz, today it is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill.

Number in Brochure: 62

Opening Times

Tours: Sun 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm & 2.45pm; 1/2 hour. Meeting Point: Box Office

Advanced Booking Essential

Advanced Booking Essential at or 0141 429 5561

Additional Booking Information:

Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Please be aware that Doors Open Day events are very popular and will book out quickly.

Please only book for events that you intend to go to and cancel your space as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.


Limited Disabled Access
No wheelchair access to understage and paintframe.


Disabled Toilet
Refreshments Available

Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Argyll Street Train & Bridge Street Underground

Parking: Car Park Available On-Site Free of Charge
Car park to the side of the theatre free of charge


0141 429 5561

[email protected]


The Citizens Theatre

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The Citizens Theatre
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