Gaiety Theatre

Gaiety Theatre
Gaiety Theatre
Carrick Street, Ayr, KA7 1NU
  • Box office 01292 288235
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–5pm and one hour before performance.
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Over 100 years of history.

Designed by local architect J McHardy Young, the Gaiety Theatre first opened on Oct 1 1902. The original interior had two tiers, could accommodate 1,200 and cost £9,500. Less than a year later the theatre was devastated by fire – and met the same fate in 1955. On both occasions rebuilding meant the Gaiety rose from the ashes, although each time in a changed layout.

For nearly half its lifetime, from 1925–73, the theatre was run by the Popplewell Family who built up much of the affection the Gaiety still retains today. In later years, while owned and run by South Ayrshire Council, it remained the premier theatre in South West Scotland. As the largest performing venue between Glasgow and England it saw annual audiences of over 80,000 for more than 220 shows each year.

Over its long life the stage has seen performances from comedians, singers, variety acts and icons such as Sir Harry Lauder, Ken Dodd, Dave Willis, Jack Milroy and Gaiety legend Johnny Beattie. But financial pressures and an operating model that no longer worked saw the Gaiety bow out on Jan 31 2009.

Welcome back!

Now, after almost four years of hard work, fund-raising, lobbying and refurbishing, the Gaiety reopened its doors and raised the curtain on Dec 11 2012.

When the theatre closed, it was much loved, but in decline. So simply rolling back the clock was not going to be the answer. Instead we have a new vision to redevelop the Gaiety as a centre for theatre and the arts – providing a destination venue and much more.

New facilities, including a studio theatre and an expanded cafe/bar/restaurant, are part of a re-imagined focus for social and cultural life in Ayr. The original auditorium has some unique qualities and in the near future we will be bringing it back to its former glory – as well as modernising ‘behind the scenes’ working.

We aim to offer something for the whole community. The new ‘Stage Door’ cafe/bar/restaurant will be open seven days a week, offering a meeting place and anything from a coffee to a full evening meal. We’ll have youth theatre activities from the start, along with other themed events. And we are developing plans to take the Gaiety into the community, with opportunities for involvement in all sorts of ways. Our partnership with the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) will create an innovative ‘learning theatre’ connecting Ayr’s growing student population with the life of the town in a centre for education, training and research.

Who’s running the show?

In Oct 2012, Ayr Gaiety Partnership Limited took on a 99-year lease of the Gaiety for a ‘peppercorn’ rent from South Ayrshire Council. AGP was set up in 2009 by two local residents, who were joined by three more to make up the current board. All are volunteers and have led an effort of another 20 or so local volunteers to work on fund-raising, cleaning up the theatre, overseeing capital works and a whole lot more. The company is a social enterprise – so it exists to serve the local community, not to make profit. It’s a charity too so it has to meet all sorts of external scrutiny. But most of all, it is community owned and membership of the company will grow over the next few years – to include hundreds of local people of all ages and interests.

Of course it’s not possible to run a theatre with a busy programme and even more ambitions for the future entirely on voluntary effort. So we also have a small but incredibly talented and dedicated group of employees. Combining local knowledge with a strong track record from further afield, our staff team are at the core of our operation. They develop the programme, manage the business, oversee the technical side, promote our activities and provide essential back up to our volunteers.

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51 Shades of Maggie

After 3 sell-out Scottish tours comes the return of smash hit comedy Fifty One Shades of Maggie starring the original Scottish 'Maggie', River City and Gary: Tank Commander star Leah MacRae. The best-selling send-up of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of loveable Maggie, who, like most women, has been let down by all the…

Tue 4 Sep

£26–£28 / 01292 288235

Wed 5 Sep

£26–£28 / 01292 288235

Thu 6 Sep

£26–£28 / 01292 288235

Fri 7 Sep

£26–£28 / 01292 288235

Abba Forever

ABBA - Forever is one of the UK’s leading International tribute shows and theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop band. The unique ABBA sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring…

Sat 29 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235



Fri 30 Nov

£12–£18.50 (Students £12–£16.50; Family £13.75–£15.75) / 01292 288235

Sat 1 Dec

£12–£18.50 (Students £12–£16.50; Family £13.75–£15.75) / 01292 288235

£13–£19.50 (Students £13–£17.50; Family £14.75–£16.75) / 01292 288235

Sun 2 Dec

£12–£18.50 (Students £12–£16.50; Family £13.75–£15.75) / 01292 288235

£13–£19.50 (Students £13–£17.50; Family £14.75–£16.75) / 01292 288235

…and 25 more dates until 3 Jan 2019

Alloway Performing Arts

Alloway Performing Arts proudly presents ‘Princess’. Blending song and dance, ‘Princess’ brings the audience into two worlds where a Princess and a Pauper trade places. See the best of all dance styles, musical theatre and drama as our classes come together to tell a magical Fairytale.

Sat 23 Jun

£8–£14 (Students £6–£12) / 01292 288235

The Bee Gees Story

A tribute to the music of the Bee Gees, featuring classic hits like 'Stayin' Alive', 'More Than a Woman' and 'Night Fever'.

Thu 26 Jul

£20–£26 (Students £19–£25) / 01292 288235

Bye Bye Baby - A Celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

‘Bye Bye Baby’ are a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’. With incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography – all backed by their excellent 4-piece band –‘Bye Bye…

Sat 1 Sep

£19.50–£24.50 (Students £18.50–£23.50) / 01292 288235

California Dreamers

Release your inner hippie and join us for an unforgettable Sunshine Celebration of the Los Angeles music scene from 1965 to 1975. We pay homage to the iconic artists who made their home in 'Laurel Canyon', a small neighbourhood nestling in the foothills of L.A. You may not recognise the neighbourhood… but you'll recognise…

Fri 20 Jul

£20–£24 (Students £19–£23) / 01292 288235

Choral Summer - Showcase 1

Two separate concerts each highlighting the fabulous vocal talents of local choirs and choral groups of Ayrshire – a wide variety of song in a broad range of styles and arrangements from a mix of different choirs and choral groups performing each night. All proceeds from the two performances will go to The Gaiety. Full…

Thu 27 Sep

£10.50–£14.50 (Students £9.50–£13.50) / 01292 288235

Choral Summer - Showcase 2

Two separate concerts each highlighting the fabulous vocal talents of local choirs and choral groups of Ayrshire – a wide variety of song in a broad range of styles and arrangements from a mix of different choirs and choral groups performing each night. All proceeds from the two performances will go to The Gaiety. Full…

Fri 28 Sep

£10.50–£14.50 (Students £9.50–£13.50) / 01292 288235

Classic Clapton

A recreation of Clapton's stage show and greatest hits, including his work as part of a succession of bands and as a solo artist.

Fri 21 Sep

£17–£21 (Students £16–£20) / 01292 288235

The Counterfeit 70's

Having toured extensively with ‘The Counterfeit Sixties’ show, they now bring you their unique Seventies show, from a decade of glam rock, through to new wave music, and everything in between! Featuring the music of Slade, The Bay City Rollers, Sweet, T.Rex they will take you through a rollercoaster ride of the biggest…

Sat 8 Sep

£17.50–£23.50 (Students £16.50–£22.50) / 01292 288235

Dave Finnegan's Commitments

Dave Finnegan played Mick Wallace- the head-butting drummer in the Academy Award nominated, and BAFTA award-winning cult movie The Commitments. The soundtrack of the movie reached Number 1, on Billboard 200 for 76 weeks and sold over 12 million albums worldwide! Hear all the hits from the movie performed by one of the…

Fri 6 Jul

£19.50–£24.50 (Students £18.50–£23.50) / 01292 288235

Dementia Friendly - Barbara Cole Walton & Alina Meszoly-Horvarth

A relaxing session of live entertainment and free refreshments, developed for people living with dementia, their carers and loved ones. Canadian soprano, Barbara Cole Walton, a keen recitalist and soloist holds an MMus in Opera with Distinction and an MMus in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Tue 28 Aug


Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

Dementia Friendly - Niamh MacKaveney Trio

A relaxing session of live entertainment and free refreshments, developed for people living with dementia, their carers and loved ones. The Niamh MacKaveney Trio was formed in Glasgow’s vibrant and eclectic music scene. Featuring Niamh MacKaveney from Scotland (vocals & fiddle), David Lombardi from Italy (fiddle) and…

Tue 25 Sep


Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

Dementia Friendly - Sianne Moodie

A relaxing session of live entertainment and free refreshments, developed for people living with dementia, their carers and loved ones. Sianne Moodie is an expressive and accomplished clarsach player. She is deeply rooted in the Scottish folk and Gaelic music from this region, and learned from some of the country’s…

Tue 3 Jul


Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

The Dolls: Dragged Up

Missing money, an unlucky handbag and nutcase gangsters are just a few of the disasters that Agnes and Sadie have to dodge as the Dolls are dragged through a glittering underworld filled with rivalries, rhinestones and rammies.

Wed 17 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

Thu 18 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

Fri 19 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

Sat 20 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

Dominic Kirwan (and Friends)

Firmly established as one of Ireland’s greatest ever entertainers and always so popular with his legion of followers, Dominic brings his own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of his homeland. Dominic brings to the stage a unique quality as an entertainer, versatile and comfortable performing a…

Sat 13 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

The Dreamers and The Temple Brothers

The Dreamers – formerly Freddie & The Dreamers plus support from The Tempe Brothers ‘Everly Brothers’ tribute. Alan Mosca and Bryan Byng have been members of the Dreamers for over 37 years their pedigree speaks for itself having been part of Freddie and the Dreamers and members of the band that contained a true…

Sat 14 Jul

£20–£24 (Students £19–£23) / 01292 288235

The Drifters

The veteran vocal harmony group celebrate over 60 years of The Drifters with hits including 'Under the Broadway', 'Saturday Night at the Movies’ and ‘Up on the Roof’.

Sat 30 Jun

£22.50–£26.50 (Students £21.50–£25.50) / 01292 288235

Elite Dance School

Elite Dance School present their annual show, ‘Feel the Beat’ at The Gaiety Theatre with routines in Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip-hop, Baton, Acro & Highland. All performers are aged between 2 and 18 years and attend Elite Dance School classes in Ayr, Coylton, Dalrymple and Tarbolton.

Wed 27 Jun

£8–£14 (Students £6–£12) / 01292 288235

Thu 28 Jun

£8–£14 (Students £6–£12) / 01292 288235


Evergreen is Alyson Orr’s incredible tribute to the legendary Barbra Streisand- the highest-selling female recording artist in history featuring her best loved songs, “Evergreen”, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, “Woman In Love”, ”The Way We Were” and many more. Alyson, with her band of top-class musicians, will take you on a…

Thu 30 Aug

£19.50–£24.50 (Students £18.50–£23.50) / 01292 288235


Scotland's professional touring company returns to Kirkcaldy with Verdi's comic masterpiece Falstaff. Based on Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, the opera revolves around the unlikely, plump protagonist, Sir John Falstaff and his farcical attempts to seduce women in order to gain access to their husbands' wealth. With…

Wed 11 Jul

£12.50–£19 (Students £11–£18) / 01292 288235

Thu 12 Jul

£22–£27 (Students £21–£26) / 01292 288235

Futureproof: Wild Life FM

A live radio show about the importance of music in life, from National Theatre of Scotland and Campo (Belgium).

Sat 27 Oct

£10 (£8) / 01292 288235

Sun 28 Oct

£10 (£8) / 01292 288235

Jackson Live

Michael Jackson tribute show featuring CJ.

Fri 12 Oct

£17.50–£23.50 / 07584052746

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian and actor – who formerly presented BBC's The One Show and was a team captain on hit Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats –returns to stand-up with his new show, Muddle Class.

Tue 11 Sep

£28.50 / 01292 288235

Joe Longthorne

TV and recording star Joe Longthorne returns to The Gaiety in 2018 as part of his 50th Anniversary tour. Joe will be joined on stage by his sensational live band and special guest artist. Come and join Joe as he takes you on a rollercoaster of songs and impressions including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Dean…

Wed 31 Oct

£19–£25 (Students £18–£24) / 01292 288235

Keep It Country

Join four of Ireland's top country stars for the unmissable ‘Keep It Country’ show filled with toe-tapping country music, cabaret and laughter that will have you singing and clapping all night long! The show features a great mix with showband legend John Hogan, the hilarious Gary Gamble and his surreal impressions of…

Fri 14 Sep

£17.50–£24 (Students £16–£22.50) / 01292 288235

The Lionel Richie Songbook

Endorsed by Lionel Richie, this brand-new production features a stellar line-up of world class musicians and the awesome talent of Malcolm Pitt as the voice of Lionel Richie in this high octane show which includes all the greatest hits; ‘Easy’, ‘Say You Say Me’, ‘Stuck On You’, Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Three Times A…

Fri 2 Nov

£20–£24 (Students £19–£23) / 01292 288235

Little Mix Experience

If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience! Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest girl-bands with breath-taking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end…

Fri 29 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

LJM Dance - Let's Just Move …Through The Decades

LJM presents their fantastic debut production ‘Let’s Just Move Through the Decades’ This high octane show is jam-packed with iconic music and dance styles that will have you tapping and twirling in the aisles and reminiscing about good times past. Come and join the amazing performers of LJM Dance as they take you on a…

Thu 20 Sep

£8–£14 (Students £6–£12) / 01292 288235

Lynne Crombie School of Dance - Let's Dance 2018

Lynne Crombie School of Dance present their 28th Annual Show – an array of dance from all their talented children, who range in age from 2 years – 18 years. The show features a variety of freestyle disco, tap, modern, ballet, acro/gymnastics, musical theatre and majorettes. This year will feature a mini production of The…

Thu 21 Jun

£8–£14 (Students £6–£12) / 01292 288235

Motown Show - Roy G Hemmings

Ex-Drifters member Roy G Hemmings' ‘Motown Show’ is a celebration of timeless Motown and Soul songs. With hits from The Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations and Marvin Gaye this electrifying show features classic hits including: "Baby Love", "Dancing In The Street", "My Girl", "I Can't Help Myself" and "I Heard It Through The…

Fri 31 Aug

£19.50–£24 (Students £18.50–£23) / 01292 288235

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Powerful rhythms and theatrical choreography from the energetic drumming group.

Thu 1 Nov

£20–£24 (Students £19–£23) / 01292 288235

Murder Mystery - The Lingering Laird

Detectives! You’re under cover at possibly the most haunted castle in the whole of Scotland… maybe even the world, and there’s a new ghost on the scene. As though it’s not spooky enough to have legends of the ghosts hiding in the caves below your feet, or the phantom bagpiper who’s mournful music haunts the night, or the…

Wed 29 Aug


£13.50 (£12.50) / 01292 288235

Murder Mystery - The Persian Prince

Detectives! You’re undercover at an incredible archaeological discovery! Adventurers from around the world have gathered in Persia where the mythical cave of Ali Baba has been discovered. What could over shadow this momentous occasion? Nothing less than the sudden murder of the Prince of Persia himself! Watch events…

Wed 4 Jul


£13.50 (£12.50) / 01292 288235

Russian National Ballet: Swan Lake

The Russian National Ballet tour their production of Tchaikovsky's beloved classic, Swan Lake.

Mon 15 Oct

£20.50–£26.50 (Students £19.50–£25.50) / 01292 288235

Tue 16 Oct

£20.50–£26.50 (Students £19.50–£25.50) / 01292 288235

Scottish Opera - Opera Highlights

Scottish Opera’s Opera Highlights features four fabulous young singers and a pianist. This year, director Daisy Evans takes inspiration from well-known works by Mozart and Donizetti as well as some operatic rarities to present an entertaining evening of great music and good company.

Sat 22 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 01292 288235

Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story

‘Some Guys Have All the Luck’ is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and…

Sat 7 Jul

£21.50–£25.50 (Students £20.50–£24.50) / 01292 288235

Summer Spectacular

Get ready for an amazing evening of entertainment at The Gaiety. Join your hosts Michael Courtney (Buttons from Cinderella) and Lorna Amy Sullivan (Cinderella) for a fun filled night at the theatre! A night of song, dance, bundles of laughs plus some surprise star guests! You’ll even get a chance to win some great…

Thu 23 Aug

£17–£21 (Students £16–£20) / 01292 288235

Fri 24 Aug

£17–£21 (Students £16–£20) / 01292 288235

Sat 25 Aug

£17–£21 (Students £16–£20) / 01292 288235

Talon: The Best of the Eagles

Eagles tribute band Talon once again perform their popular tribute to the beardy country rockers.

Thu 11 Oct

£21.50–£25.50 (Students £20.50–£24.50) / 01292 288235

Totally Tina

Tribute to the American singer Tina Turner. Totally Tina recreates the spectacle of her live shows with a six-piece live band, four dancers and Justine Riddoch’s impersonation of the queen of rock and soul. Featuring hits including 'Simply The Best' and 'What’s Love Got To Do With It?'.

Thu 13 Sep

£19.50–£24.50 (Students £18.50–£23.50) / 01292 288235

Twist and Shout

Tribute performance to the music of the 60s.

Sat 18 Aug

£18–£22 (Students £17–£21) / 01292 288235

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