Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal
Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JH
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Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal opened in 1792 so has a solid claim to being Scotland's oldest theatre. It was funded by subscribers, who included Robert Burns. It is category A listed.

It is run by the Guild of Players who acquired it in 1959.

It benefited from a substantial renovation which was completed in 2015.

Events at this venue

There are 42 events at this location

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Arthur Christmas

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. Join us for this family friendly screening, a perfect antidote to last minute Christmas shopping. All tickets £4.

Thu 21 Dec

£4 / 01387 253383

Blowin'in The Wind

Join us as we take you back to the era of PEACE, PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big yellow Taxi’,‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more. Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining…

Fri 20 Jul 2018

£12–£14 / 01387 253383

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Rock'n'rollercoaster of a show featuring all the timeless classics from a band who have been on the tribute trail for over a quarter of a century. Enjoy hits including 'That’ll Be The Day', 'Peggy Sue', 'Heartbeat', 'It Doesn’t Matter Anymore', 'Raining In My Heart' and 'Oh Boy!'.

Mon 11 Dec

£15–£17 / 01387 253383

The Carole King And James Taylor Story

The Carole King & James Taylor Story takes you on an incredible journey through the career of the 6-time Grammy Award winner and 20-time platinum hit maker Carole King and 5-time Grammy Award winner American folk legend James Taylor. This new “show-umentary” format gives a fascinating insight into the lives behind…

Sat 17 Mar 2018

£15–£17 / 01387 253383

Carry On Sleuthing

Someone has murdered evil lawyer Hiram Grabbitt on board the SS Naughty Nigel – and amateur detective Letitia Luvibod must find the culprit before the ship reaches port, or the curtain comes down, whichever comes first. And the audience can help! Four crime writers, plus a faithful crime – writing roadie, are…

Tue 23 Jan 2018

£8 / 01387 253383

Damian Wilson And Adam Wakeman

After many successful shows in 2016 & 2017, Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson will embark on their latest acoustic tour in 2018. Featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar, they’ll be playing songs from their individual back catalogues,artists they have worked with…

Mon 5 Mar 2018

£15–£17 / 01387 253383

Downs With Love

“Downs With Love” tells the story of Beth, a young girl who has Down’s Syndrome. She lives a very independent life, has her routines and lives simply but happily. She is helped by a new sup-port worker, Tracy and they soon strike up a friendship. On a Friday night, she goes to the pub to watch Mark, a local singer.

Thu 7 Jun 2018


£8–£10 / 01387 253383

Elio Pace Presents Elvis Presley

Any Elvis Presley fan will tell you that August 16th, back in 1977, was the day the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ died at only 42 years of age. In 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of that momentous day in music history, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Elio Pace premiered a very special, intimate and completely unique concert…

Fri 6 Jul 2018

£22.50–£24.50 / 01387 253383

Emily Smith Songs For Christmas

A Christmas show from top folk singer and a former winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award.

Sun 17 Dec

£12–£15.50 / 01387 253383

Four Blokes In Search Of A Plot

There’s a rubber duck. There’s a Tea Cosy of Inspiration (TCOI ™). There’s madness. Now a Dumfries audience has the chance to witness the birth of a crime story – and help write it.

Tue 23 Jan 2018

£8 / 01387 253383

The Guild Of Players Present'ladies'day'

Four fish factory workers get away from the slog of work when they “find” tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York. The play looks at the lives and fortunes of the four - Pearl, Jan Shelly and Linda - when they go to the races. The play looks at the lives and fortunes of the four - Pearl, Jan…

Tue 20 Feb 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Wed 21 Feb 2018

£8–£12.50 / 01387 253383

Thu 22 Feb 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 23 Feb 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

The Guild Of Players Present'the Odd Couple'

Oscar Madison, an untidy and slovenly divorcee, invites his pals over to play cards in his New York apartment. One of the guests, who happens to be very meticulous and tense, has just separated from his wife. Both men decide to share Oscars apartment, but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear…

Tue 17 Apr 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Wed 18 Apr 2018

£8–£12.50 / 01387 253383

Thu 19 Apr 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 20 Apr 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

The Guild Of Players Present'torwatletie'

Hilarity ensues in this Scots play set during the Jacobite uprising. Loose tongues, neighbour rivalry - plus the secret passage in the cupboard…

Tue 12 Jun 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Wed 13 Jun 2018

£8–£12.50 / 01387 253383

Thu 14 Jun 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 15 Jun 2018

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Haunted Theatre Tour

Join Mostly Ghostly in Scotland's oldest working theatre and discover the fascinating history and hauntings behind this magnificent 225-year-old building… BOOKING ESSENTIAL Age guide: 12 and above (under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult) Enquiries: 07791 047835 -

Sat 24 Feb 2018

£10–£12 / 01387 253383

It's A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life is the story of the most inspirational film of all time and a heart-warming American family classic. It’s a Wonderful Life is brought to the stage in a Live Radio Play performed as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Six actors play 1940s radio actors who in turn portray ALL the…

Mon 18 Dec

£13–£15 / 01387 253383

Just Beatles

Just Beatle s return to Theatre Royal in June 2018. They have firmly established themselves on the tribute band scene in their native Scotland and have received invitations to play at Beatles festivals all over the UK and Europe, including the world-famous Liverpool Beatleweek. Playing all the hits and more from the…

Sat 9 Jun 2018

£12–£15 / 01387 253383

Lady Boys Of Bangkok

Uncork the champagne! Dress tokill! Party like there's no tomorrow! Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years,The Ladyboys of Bangkok ‘Wonder Women Tour’ will take Britain's number onecabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of…

Thu 28 Jun 2018

£21–£23 / 01387 253383

The Legends of American Country

Country music tribute show featuring songs by Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash.

Thu 11 Jan 2018

£18–£18.50 / 01387 253383


Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation. *Something wicked this way comes… * The vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeare’s most fear-filled tragedy erupts in this kinetic, blood-thirsty production. Unrivalled on the battlefield, Macbeth is rewarded with rank and favour by a grateful king. But war…

Wed 7 Mar 2018

£9–£18 / 01387 253383

Mark Nelson & Kai Humphreys

Mark Nelson and Kai Humphreys appearing at Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Wed 21 Mar 2018

£12 / 01387 253383

Thu 29 Mar 2018

£16–£18 / 01387 253383

Thu 1 Mar 2018

£18 / 01387 253383

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. All tickets £4. Come to both films for £6 - discount automatically applied.

Thu 21 Dec

£4 / 01387 253383

Not Another Burns Supper

We're delighted to welcome Ideoms Theatre Company to Theatre Royal Dumfries with Not Another Burns Supper on 31st January. The annual Burns Tour is a series of theatre suppers, with a costumed stage performance featuring Burns songs and poems with a theme, which is varied from year to year to include different…

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£13 / 01387 253383

Sat 9 Dec


Sold out / 01387 253383

Sun 10 Dec


Sold out / 01387 253383

A Play, A Poet And A Pastry

This Autumn, the Bunbury Banter Theatre Company in collaboration with The Theatre Royal Dumfries, is producing a series of bi-monthly events, happening between September 2017 and March 2018, under the title A Play, A Poet & A Pastry. A Play, A Poet & A Pastry involves the semi-staging of a new studio play…

Fri 24 Nov


£10–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 26 Jan 2018


£10–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 30 Mar 2018


£10–£12 / 01387 253383

The Police Sting Show

Sting / Police tribute act.

Fri 16 Mar 2018

£13–£15 / 01387 253383

Fri 19 Jan 2018

£12–£14 / 01387 253383

Puppet Animation Scotland Presents Sleeping Beauty

Colette Garrigan presents a personal and unexpected version of the fairy tale Briar Rose with this spell-binding puppetry and shadow theatre show. Alone on stage, and helped only by everyday objects, artist and puppeteer Colette creates a poetic universe to dream up the story of a modern day princess. Far from the…

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£7–£12 / 01387 253383

Rock And Roll Revolution

The Bluejays (Winners of the National Vintage Award for 'Best Band') present an electrifying and authentic tribute to the era when music changed the world forever. Between 1955 and 1959, artists such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran and Little Richard not only…

Sat 30 Jun 2018

£16–£18 / 01387 253383

Scottish Ensemble: Court & Country

The Ensemble plays Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with second movement by Sally Beamish; Beamish's own Seavaigers, Bach's Violin Concerto in E major and Bartók's Divertimento, with new music from Caitriona McKay (Scottish harp) and Chris Stout (fiddle).

Thu 15 Mar 2018

£13 / 01387 253383

Scottish Ensemble: Mozart by Numbers

A whole bunch of music by Mozart, including String Duo No.1 in G major; Divertimento in E flat major; String Quartet No. 18 in A major; String Quintet No.4 in G minor; Divertimento No.17 in D major and Symphony No. 29 in A major, plus works by Sally Beamish, Edmund Finnis, György Kurtág and others.

Fri 25 May 2018

£9–£18 / 01387 253383

Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years

Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years is the most authentic sounding concert which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards, Bookends have toured the globe extensively with their concerts being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. “ One of the greatest…

Fri 22 Jun 2018

£14–£16 / 01387 253383

Sleeping Beauty

Family panto fun.

Sat 2 Dec

£9–£12 / 01387 253383

Sun 3 Dec

£9–£12 / 01387 253383

Mon 4 Dec

£9–£12 / 01387 253383

…and 10 more dates until 16 Dec

Sleeping Beauty

A personal interpretation of the darker elements of the Briar Rose fairy tale, a fairy tale for grown-ups, created and performed by Compagnie Akselere's Artistic Director, Colette Garrigan. The kingdom of Liverpool, Garrigan's home town, is devastated by unemployment and famine. It's safer to be a gang member than to…

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£126 / 01387 253383

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:25

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs…?! With Dr Ben Garrod

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have…

Sun 8 Apr 2018

£12–£14 / 01387 253383

Thu 26 Apr 2018

£16–£18 / 01387 253383


Syd (formerly One Thinks of it all as a Dream) Produced in association with Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, the Traverse Theatre and Aberdeen Performing Arts, Alan Bisset's play about Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett has received a number of outstanding reviews since its premiere in 2016. ‘I’m…

Sat 2 Jun 2018

£6–£12 / 01387 253383

Tue 8 May 2018

£20 / 01387 253383


Trumpageddon enjoyed a sell-out edfringe run when Donald Trump was a mere candidate and now he returns as leader of the free world. Immerse yourself in Trump’s world vision before he blows it to kingdom come. Created by Simon Jay and directed by Olivier nominee Dan Clarkson, this absurdist satire is as demented…

Thu 25 Jan 2018

£15 / 01387 253383

Fri 9 Feb 2018

£12–£14 / 01387 253383

Worbey & Farrell

Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell present their four-handed piano shenanigans.

Wed 24 Jan 2018

£12 / 01387 253383

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