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King's Theatre Glasgow

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297 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JN, Glasgow
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Description

As one of Scotland’s most important and historical theatres, the King’s Theatre Glasgow welcomes a huge variety of touring West End plays, musicals, comedians, dance and opera. For example, the King’s Theatre has attracted productions such as Avenue Q, Dirty Dancing, The Rock Horror Show, The King and I and the Woman in Black. However, the King’s Theatre is particularly famous for hosting sell-out Christmas pantomimes produced by First Family Entertainment and featuring Scottish legends such as Stanley Baxter, Jimmy Logan, Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy, Elaine C Smith and Gerard Kelly. As well as hosting large scale performances, the theatre also strives to support and showcase amateur and local theatre group’s work.

Managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group, who own more than 50 venues across the UK, the King’s Theatre Glasgow was their first theatre venue in Scotland. Boasting an exquisite and large auditorium with influences of Baroque and Art Nouveau in red Dumfriesshire sandstone, the King’s theatre Glasgow has retained many of its original features. In a city which is known for its flourishing arts and theatre scene, the King’s Theatre is one of the most prominent theatre venues in Glasgow. 

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The King's Theatre Glasgow Seating Plan

With a capacity of 1,744 seats, the King’s Theatre Glasgow boasts a large auditorium which is divided across four levels: the Stalls, the Grand Circle, the Upper Circle and the Gallery. The Stalls, which is by far the largest section of the theatre, has 686 seats and is located close to the stag. The Grand Circle is on the second tier with 320 seats and then the Upper Circle in the third tier has 278 seats. Finally, the Gallery, the section of the theatre furthest from the stage, has 501 seats. Depending on where you decide to sit in the theatre, the King’s theatre tickets vary greatly.


Premium tickets : If you are looking for some of the best seats in the theatre with unrestricted viewing, then these can be found in the Stalls, specifically in the front or mid centre. There are also excellent seats with panoramic views of the stage located at the front of the Grand and Upper Circles.  

Good Value Seats : If you are looking for discounted tickets, then these are undoubtedly in the Upper Circle and the Gallery, which still provide excellent, unobstructed views of the stage. You can find slightly cheaper tickets in the edges of rows in the Stalls and at the front of the Grand Circle. 


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The King's Theatre Glasgow Contact and Opening times

Telephone Booking*: 0844 871 7648

Group Bookings**: 0333 009 5389

Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971

Stage Door/Admin: 0141 240 1300

Opening Hours 

Mon to Sun

90 minutes before the performance start time

Box Office (282 Hope Street) open 10am - 6pm, Mon - Sat, operates advance sales for both venues. If you are collecting tickets for your visit, it is advisable to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the curtain going up. 

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Useful Information

Getting there

The King’s Theatre Glasgow is situated in the city centre of Glasgow, in the Western side. There are many other amenities close to the theatre such as places to eat and drink, museumsand also the Centre for Contemporary Arts. You can access the theatre by both public transport and car, the King’s Theatre Glasgow address is:

297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN

Train: if you are taking the train, then the King’s Theatre is easily reachable as the ScotRail’s Charing Cross Station is only a few minutes walk away from the venue.

Underground: the closest underground station to the King’s Theatre is Cowcaddens underground station which is about a 10 minute walk away form the venue.

Bus: you can take one of the many bus routes which serve Bath Street and also stop outside of the King’s theatre. The routes are: 15, 17, 77, 311, 833, N2, X1, X1A, X25, X25A, X76, X77 and X78.

Car: if you have decided to get to the theatre by car, then you can easily use the car park behind the King’s theatre, which is operated by Glasgow City Council. You can access this car park via Elmbank Street and if you enter the car park after 6pm, it will cost only £2.50 for the evening

Access

If you have any access requirements or are using one of the wheelchair spaces, then please contact the theatre prior to your visit on the dedicated access line 0800 912 6971 (free of charge). For deaf and hard of hearing customers the theatre also have type talk on 18001 0844 871 7677 (textphone user) and type talk 18002 0844 871 7677 (hearing person).

The main entrance to the King’s Theatre is on Bath Street, which has a drop-off point directly outside the front of the theatre. The double-door entrance is normally opened before the performance and there is usually only one step up. There is also an accessible entrance on Elmbank Street, which has level access using a slight ramp to the Stalls section of the theatre and other facilities.

Inside the theatre

There is no customer lift inside of the theatre so it is perhaps not recommendable for scooter users. The most accessible area of the theatre is the Stalls which can be accessed via the main entrance on Bath Street which is followed by 2 small steps into a corridor and then 3 steps down to the stalls. Another option is the accessible entrance on Elmbank Street, which provides step-free access to the wheelchair spaces at the back of the Stalls.

The other sections of the theatre are much less accessible. For the Grand Circle, you must climb 13 steps down from the theatre foyer. The Upper Circle is 13 steps up from the Grand Circle and then the Gallery is another 13 steps up from the Upper Circle amounting to 39 steps up from the theatre foyer. However, the alternative entrance on Elmbank Street make these sections of the theatre much more accessible.

Staff are happy to assist access customers at all times including with transfers. However, it is recommended that you bring a companion with you. The King’s theatre has 3 transfers situated at the back of the Stalls and 5 wheelchair spaces for each performance.


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King’s Theatre Glasgow History

Designed by the well-known architect Frank Matcham, The King’s Theatre Glasgow first opened in 1904 and was one of the most important theatres in Scotland. During the 1930s, the King’s theatre mainly showcased Half-past eight shows which were hugely successful and in 1964, the King’s theatre hosted the first panto, A Wish for Jamie. In 1986, the western section of the Bath street elevation was extended and now it includes a new office, dressing rooms, wardrobe room as well as a stage door. In 1990, Glasgow was awarded the first European City of Culture in Britain and the King’s theatre was one of the main venues hosting arts events to celebrate.

The King’s Theatre has also welcomed many prolific actors and artists, such as Michael Caine, Katherine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, Noel Coward, Vivien Leigh, Dolly Parton, Alec Guinness and The Jackson Five. It continues to be one of the most important theatre venues in Scotland today. 

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King's Theatre Glasgow

297 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JN, Glasgow1

1NOTE: approximate address. The only address that is completely valid is the one shown on the tickets

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