Theatre Royal


282 Hope Street  G2 3QA

George Bell, 1867; Charles Phipps, 1879, 1895; Arup Associates Derek Sugden, 1972; Page\Park, 2014

Category A Listed

Get behind the scenes at the newly transformed Theatre Royal! Access backstage areas, stand on the theatre’s stage, admire your reflection in the dressing room mirrors and interact with the new heritage displays. Not recommended for children under 8

2014 was a celebratory year for Theatre Royal Glasgow as a major transformation of its public spaces is unveiled. The new foyer building at the top of Hope Street, designed by Glasgow-based architects Page / Park, provides not only a dramatic new entrance to the theatre, but also vastly improved public facilities for theatre patrons and visitors. For the first time lifts will provide access to all levels of the theatre, including an outdoor roof terrace from which views across Glasgow and beyond can be enjoyed. The spacious new foyer houses better bars, more toilets and a new café, as well as a Box Office that will be open on site six days a week. Within the Grade A listed auditorium – the largest surviving example of renowned theatre architect Charles J. Phipps’ work – the seating layout has been redesigned to improve sightlines, while a new air handling system has been installed to improve air flow.

Doors Open Day offers visitors to the theatre a unique opportunity to access areas of the theatre not normally open to the public. Our knowledgeable guides will lead tour groups backstage, revealing the technical processes that go into creating on-stage magic. This is your opportunity to stand on the theatre stage and see the auditorium from the perspective of the performers, or admire your reflection in the dressing room mirrors. New heritage displays in the foyer areas showcase the behind-the-scenes talent of all the people it takes to stage a production, while also telling more of the fascinating story of the Theatre Royal. Did you know the theatre has survived three fires? Or that it lays claim to the longest run of pantomimes in Glasgow? Or that it served as the original STV studios for nearly 20 years? Visit to find out more!

Hosting a Somewhereto_ Event:

Nathan Elliott is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Glasgow. Having recently been associated with LookUpGlasgow, Elliott seeks to further this format of investigating both Scottish cinema and history. His film will be running throughout the day:

Madeleine (1857-1950-2015)

·  Blythswood Square 1857, socialite Madeleine Smith stands accused in a scandalous murder trial. Newspapers cited, the trial of the century

·  Blythwsood Square 1950, accalimed director David Lean films a cinematic adaptation, Madeleine. Advertisments read, Here are the virile, violent facts that caused the most famous jury verdict in history

·  Blythswood Square 2015, Theres nothing very remarkable about its appearance. But, there is one house that is exceptional, for it has an interest that time can never change. Local residents pass by a small plaque that simply states a former residence, Madeleine Smith House.

LOXIE are Holly (13), Emily (11) and Teah (11).  An up and coming girl group building a reputation for being a really tight unit at such a young age.  Having played over 100 gigs, theyre ones to watch.

Number in Brochure: 34

Opening Times

Tours: Sat 10am 11.45am & 1pm 3pm, every 15 minutes; 40 minutes

Meeting Point: Foyer Ground Floor

Advanced Booking Essential

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.

Spaces are limited per person. As this building is very popular tickets have been limited to 2 per person to give as many different people as possible an opportunity to get involved.

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.

If the event is fully booked please feel free to add yourself to the wait list, if a space becomes available you will be contacted and will have one day to respond. Please be aware that you must add yourself to the waitlist for every space and for the times that you want ie. if looking for three spaces at any time, add your name 3 times to each event time.


Restrictions on Access: Not recommended for children under 8.

Limited Disabled Access
Not available for tours, but level access and accessible performances available for shows.


Disabled Toilet
Hearing Loop
Refreshments Available

Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Queen Street Station. Cowcaddens Underground

Parking: On Street Parking Available Charges Apply
Indoor car parking available near the Piping centre, charges apply


0844 871 7647





Theatre Royal

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