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Theatre Royal Glasgow

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282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA, Glasgow


As one of the most prominent theatres in Glasgow, Theatre Royal Glasgow has endured two fired but still stands strong on 282 Hope Street since 1867. From award-winning West End musicals to the Scottish Ballet, you can enjoy a huge variety of international and national shows at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. For example, the Theatre Royal has hosted the West End tour of Woman in Black, All my Sons, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables, the Mousetrap, Six and the Snowman. The Theatre Royal is particularly famous for having the Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Opera as residents.

Boasting a beautiful, Victorian interior with French Renaissance design, the Theatre Royal takes the title as the oldest theatre in Glasgow and the longest running in the whole of Scotland. Currently managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group, which runs over 50 venues across the UK, the theatre is a hub for culture and arts in Scotland’s thriving city of Glasgow.  

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Theatre Royal Seating

With a capacity of 1,544 seats, the Theatre Royal Glasgow boasts a large auditorium which is divided across four levels: the Dress Circle, the Upper Circle, the Upper Circle and the Gallery. Ticket prices vary greatly depending on where you decide to sit in the theatre and on your price ranges.

The Stalls: as the biggest section of the theatre closest to the stage, the Stalls has a capacity of 547 seats. You can find some of the best seats in the theatre in the Stalls, particularly if you look in the mid-centre of the Stalls where there are incredible views of the stage. However, these tickets are also the most expensive. Towards the edges and back of the Stalls, you can find slightly cheaper tickets which still have good views.

The Dress Circle: there are 320 seats in the Dress Circle, which is the second tier of the Theatre Royal. You can find seats which provide excellent, panoramic views of the stage and priced fairly highly. However, at the back of the Dress Circle and to the sides of certain rows, there are slightly cheaper tickets which still have relatively good views of the stage.

The Upper Circle: located in the third tier of the Theatre Royal, the Upper Circle has a capacity of 289 seats. If you are looking for cheaper tickets, then these can be found in the Upper Circle, since this section is far away from the stage.

The Gallery: as the section of the theatre which is furthest away from the stage, with 288 seats, some of the cheapest tickets can be found in the Gallery, and especially to the sides of rows. Although these seats do have restricted viewing, they are heavily discounted and are great if you are looking for a bargain.

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Theatre Royal Glasgow Contact and Opening times

Telephone Booking*: 0844 871 7647

Group Bookings: 0333 009 5389

Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971

Stage Door/Admin: 0141 332 3321

Theatre Royal Opening times

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00

The box office opens 90 minutes before the curtain goes up and will not offer any advance sales after 6pm. We recommend that you leave at least 45 minutes before the start of the show.  

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Useful Information

Getting there

The Theatre Royal is easily accessible as it is located close to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which is in the Northern area of Glasgow city centre. You can reach the theatre by either public transport and by car. You can enjoy some shopping on Sauchiehall Street nearby and eat out at several restaurants and bars nearby.

Train: the nearest train station to the Theatre Royal is Queen Street Station which is about a 15 minute walk from the theatre.

Underground: the closest underground station is Cowcaddens which is about a 5 minute walk away from the theatre.

Bus: there are many bus routes which stop close to theatre such as N6 and simpliCITY 6 and 6A.

Car: Glasgow Theatre Royal Parking is fairly straightforward and cheap. You can park in the car park on Cambridge Street which is owned by Glasgow City Council and only costs £2.50 after 6pm until 8am the next morning.


If you have any access requirements or questions before your visit, please call the customer access line beforehand as it is important to notify the Theatre Royal in advance. Please call: 0800 912 6971 (free of charge).

For deaf and hard of hearing customers the theatre also has type talk on 18001 0844 871 7677 (textphone user) and type talk 18002 0844 871 7677 (hearing person).

The main entrance to the Theatre Royal Glasgow is located on Hope Street and there is a drop-off point located outside the entrance. There is only one small step up to the entrance, which has level access to the main parts of the theatre: the box office, foyer and Stalls. You can also use the sloped ramp which provides step-free access to the main foyer.

Inside the theatre

The Theatre Royal Glasgow has a customer life so all sections of the theatre are accessible. However, the Stalls is the most accessible section of the theatre since there is level access via the main entrance on Hope Street, where there is one small step up to the theatre or slight ramp for wheelchair users. You can find 2 wheelchair spaces at the front of the Stalls as well as room for a companion next to the wheelchair space.

There are transfers available for patrons and staff are happy to assist however you are advised to bring a companion.

If you require customer assistance, please let the Theatre Royal know beforehand and staff are happy to assist you throughout your visit. There is an at-seat service for patrons available for patrons throughout their visit.

While the other sections of the Theatre Royal are much more difficult to access by stairs, you can use the customer lift throughout your visit.

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Theatre Royal Glasgow History

Originally called the Royal Colosseum and Opera House, the Theatre Royal Glasgow was first opened in 1867 by James Baylis. Whilst Baylis managed the theatre, he ran a variety of different shows such as pantomimes, plays, comedies, harlequinades and opera. In 1869, the Theatre Royal changed hands to Glover & Francis. In 1879, there was quite an extreme fire which completely destroyed the auditorium. Sadly, was burnt by another fire in 1895, yet luckily the auditorium was rebuilt by Phips, who also rebuilt it the first time, and he ensured that the building looked the same. From 1895, the theatre was owned by Howard & Wyndham, who sold it to Scottish television in 1967. The Theatre Royal is now owned by the Theatre Ambassador Group.  

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Theatre Royal Glasgow

282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA, Glasgow1

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

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