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Theatre Royal Glasgow Glasgow

About the Theatre Royal Glasgow

First opening in 1867 as the Royal Colosseum and Opera House, Theatre Royal Glasgow is the city’s oldest theatre and a Grade A listed building. Originally designed by George Bell, the first President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, the auditorium was redesigned in French Renaissance style by Charles Phipps after a fire in 1879. A second fire broke out in 1895, in which 65 theatregoers and residents of Glasgow died during the ensuing crush. 

After passing through several owners and guises in the 20th century including television studios for ITV, the building became a home for Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. It is also a city centre hub for seminars, meetings and conferences. In 2005, ATG took over management of the theatre, ensuring that the Theatre Royal Glasgow would continue to provide first-class entertainment including tours of large West End shows. The building was restored in 2014 so that new, stylish contemporary designs could complement the original Victorian charm.

Plan your visit

Public spaces in the theatre are open up to 90 minutes before a performance begins, and bars begin serving one hour before curtain up.
There are cloakrooms on all levels of the theatre. Visitors can check in items including bags and coats for a small fee.
There are a range of measures in place at Theatre Royal Glasgow to ensure the comfort and safety of all visitors. Upon arrival at the theatre, you may be asked to submit your bag for a security check. It is advised that you allow extra time to avoid queues, and not bring large items such as suitcases into the venue.
There are bars on each level of the theatre auditorium, serving a range of drinks and snacks from one hour before a performance begins, and during the interval. 

Customers can also pre-book an Ambassador Lounge package, for bespoke service, when booking tickets online.

Vanilla Black café at Theatre Royal Glasgow is open during the day for coffee, cakes and other snacks.
The theatre is just a five-minute stroll away from Halloumi. This popular Greek-Cypriot Mezze restaurant serves fresh and authentic dishes crafted by their experienced chefs using only the best ingredients. Alternatively, head over to Bloc, located near Glasgow's historic George Square for live music and a unique menu of street eats, including Irn-Bru infused pulled-pork and double-fried Korean-style chicken.
The 5-star Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel is less than ten minutes away from the theatre, offering guests luxurious restored bedrooms amongst Georgian architecture - including a restaurant in the building’s former ballroom. For those on a lower budget, Holiday Inn has comfortable rooms in a convenient location just three minutes’ walk away.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is from the box office, up to 90 minutes before the performance begins. You may be asked to provide proof of ID and your booking confirmation, so please ensure you have these to hand.
The box office is open in person from 12pm - 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 6pm on Saturdays. 

On performance nights, the box office is open from 6pm for ticket collection and same-day sales, and remains open until 8pm. Please note that advance sales for future performances are not available during this period.
The box office team can be contacted for booking queries by phone on 0333 009 6690.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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