Theatre and live performance spaces in Scotland

  • The List
  • 7 November 2012
Theatre and live performance spaces in Scotland

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow / credit: Helen Cassidy

Profiles of Citizens, Dundee Rep, Traverse, Eden Court Theatre and more

The Arches

Subterranean vaults beneath Glasgow's Central Station where you'll catch a new generation of theatremakers, live artists and musicians following in the tracks of Nic Green, Kieran Hurley and Rob Drummond.


Artistic director Dominic Hill mines the classical repertoire and presents it alongside Glasgow-centred drama on the attractive proscenium-arch stage. Expect names of the calibre of Neve McIntosh, David Hayman and Kath Howden.

Dundee Rep

Using Scotland's only permanent ensemble of actors, Jemima Levick and Philip Howard (both taking over in 2013) present larger-scale classics, musicals and new plays, plus visiting companies.

Eden Court Theatre

A draw for arts lovers in the Highlands and islands, this attractive complex has two theatres, two cinemas and additional studio spaces to accommodate its packed line-up of visting companies.

Oran Mor

The Glasgow pub is home to A Play, a Pie and a Pint, David MacLennan's phenomenally successful lunchtime series, showcasing David Harrower, David Greig, Gerda Stevenson, Zinnie Harris, Gregory Burke et al.

Perth Theatre

Artistic director Rachel O'Riordan is consolidating Perth's reputation for classics old and new, as well as welcoming favourite companies such as Mull Theatre and Magnetic North.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

With a season that now extends across most of the year, artistic director John Durnin fields a large cast in a daily changing repertoire of popular 20th-century comedy and drama.

Royal Lyceum

Director Mark Thomson stages classics, translations and new work in Edinburgh's grand rep, with actors of the calibre of Maureen Beattie and writers as good as Liz Lochhead, Peter Arnott, DC Jackson and Jo Clifford.


Scotland's home of new writing and one of Edinburgh's cultural hotspots is led by Orla O'Loughlin who is building on a legacy of plays by David Greig, David Harrower, Chris Hannan, Zinnie Harris, Rona Munro and Douglas Maxwell.


Artistic director Andy Arnold has re-established this friendly theatre as a hub for Glasgow's acting community, programming a mix of in-house productions and visits from the likes of Random Accomplice, Stellar Quines and Vox Motus.