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 37 events at this location

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Sat 22 Sep

£12–£14 / 01387 253383

The Attic

Grandma and Lucy are up in the attic where all the memories are stored. Hidden in dusty containers at the top of the house, they have been waiting a long time to come out and play.Come up the stairs, blow away the cobwebs and peek into the boxes. Who knows what might happen when the sleepy attic comes to life. Set to a…

Thu 12 Apr


£8 / 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 the vocal harmonies of Vee…

Fri 20 Jul

£12–£14 / 01387 253383

Broadway And Beyond

Now in its eleventh successful year touring the UK, Broadway and Beyond is a thrilling and entertaining mix of musical wit from the most popular musicals of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.The show consists of music from shows that have all appeared, at one time or other, on or just off Broadway - New Yorks…

Fri 18 May

£12–£15 / 01387 253383

The Carole King & James Taylor Story

The life and music of Carole King and James Taylor performed by Phoebe Katis and Dan Clews.

Sat 17 Mar

£15–£17 / 01387 253383

Cucsa Comedy Night

Kai Humphreys. Jay Lafferty, Chris Forbes and Gareth Waugh

Wed 21 Mar

£10–£12 / 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, theyll be playing songs from their individual back catalogues,artists they have worked with, along with…

Mon 5 Mar

£15–£17 / 01387 253383

Downs with Love

Downs with Love tells the story of Beth, a young girl with Down’s Syndrome. She lives a very independent life with the help of a new support worker, Tracy. On Friday nights, Beth goes to the pub to watch Mark, a local singer. Beth loves Mark but the problem is – Mark loves Tracy.

Thu 7 Jun


£8–£10 / 01387 253383

Elio Pace presents Elvis Presley

Elio Pace honours his childhood musical idol with this personal and powerful performance featuring many Elvis Presley classics as well as some rarely-heard and forgotten gems.

Fri 6 Jul

£22.50–£24.50 / 01387 253383


Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident.With her family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide.

Mon 28 May

£10–£12 / 01387 253383

Funbox Present Rocking All Over The World

FUNBOX present ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLDGet ready to strut your funky stuff and turn it up to 11 with Pop Princess Anya, Rock Star Kevin and Punk Rocker Gary (formerly of The Singing Kettle) as they embark on a musical odyssey around the globe in their brand-new show - ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD.Join the gang as they…

Sun 29 Apr

£11–£44 / 01387 253383

£11–£44.50 / 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 Shelly…

Tue 20 Feb

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Wed 21 Feb

£8–£12.50 / 01387 253383

Thu 22 Feb

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 23 Feb

£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 with…

Tue 17 Apr

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Wed 18 Apr

£8–£12.50 / 01387 253383

Thu 19 Apr

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 20 Apr

£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

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Wed 13 Jun

£8–£12.50 / 01387 253383

Thu 14 Jun

£8–£12 / 01387 253383

Fri 15 Jun

£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 ESSENTIALAge guide: 12 and above(under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult)Enquiries: 07791 047835 -

Sat 24 Feb

£10–£34 / 01387 253383

Just Beatles

Just Beatles 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 early…

Sat 9 Jun

£12–£15 / 01387 253383

Kai Humphreys & Jay Lafferty

Kai Humphreys. Jay Lafferty, Chris Forbes and Gareth Waugh

Wed 21 Mar

£12 / 01387 253383

The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Wonder Women

The glamorous ladyboys return with their spectacular and funny touring cabaret show in which exotic dance routines are set to film music and pop hits.

Thu 28 Jun

£21–£23 / 01387 253383

Little Light

A small energetic star falls from the sky and starts to explore the world. Set in a traditional Bedouin tent, puppetry, music and dance combine to tell this magical story of a little light, a lonely boy and a dog. Suitable for age 5+. A co-production between Vision Mechanics and Jordan's Haya Cultural Centre.

Fri 6 Apr


£8 / 01387 253383


Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation.Something wicked this way comes…The vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeares 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 has left scars.

Wed 7 Mar

£9–£18 / 01387 253383

Thu 8 Mar

£9–£18 / 01387 253383

Mad For Musicals

Bursting with all your favourite hits from the best loved musicals and stage shows, Mad4Musicals brings all the glitz and glamour of Broadway and the West End stage to YOU!This fantastic show includes hits from all the great musicals; Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, Les Misrables, Wicked, The…

Sat 7 Apr

£13–£15 / 01387 253383

Mark Nelson & Kai Humphreys

Mark Nelson and Kai Humphreys appearing at Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Wed 21 Mar

£12 / 01387 253383

The Martin Daniels Comedy Show

The Vitesse Agency are proud to present The Martin Daniels Comedy Show starring comedian and magician Martin Daniels.Martin is a spectacular stage and screen performer, captivating audiences with his uproarious sense of humour, charming personality and consummate magical skill.

Sat 29 Sep

£12–£14 / 01387 253383

Thu 29 Mar

£16–£18 / 01387 253383

Thu 1 Mar

£18 / 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, presented alongside…

Fri 30 Mar


£10–£12 / 01387 253383

The Police Sting Show

Sting / Police tribute act.

Fri 16 Mar

£13–£15 / 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 transformed the…

Sat 30 Jun

£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

£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

£10–£20 / 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 tribute shows anywhere in the…

Fri 22 Jun

£14–£16 / 01387 253383

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 walked or…

Tue 3 Apr

£12–£48 / 01387 253383

Something in the Air …

Spatz and Co present the big band swing of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, Sinatra standards, pop hits by the Beatles, the Eagles, Gerry Rafferty, Sting, Billy Joel, Average White Band and many more. The eight-piece band have individually worked with some of the greatest musicians around, including Elton John, Al…

Sat 12 May

£18 / 01387 253383

Thu 26 Apr

£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

£6–£12 / 01387 253383

Tue 8 May

£20 / 01387 253383

Velvet Petal

Tough girls and pretty boys living life in the margins, dreaming about being at the centre. Velvet Petal explores the transformative power of beauty, created out of whatever is on the bedroom floor. The dancers experiment, seduce and philosophise through their bodies, clothing and ideas.This fresh new work from Scottish…

Thu 31 May

£12–£15 / 01387 253383

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