Glasgow has some of the finest theatres in Scotland, and attracts many visitors to see a wide range of plays, opera, ballet, musicals - and even pantomimes. The Sandyford Hotel offers cheap bed and breakfast accommodation in a fantastic location from which to explore Glasgow's numerous Theatres. So if you are thinking of visiting Glasgow to take in a performance, act now to avoid disappointment.
The Glasgow King's Theatre is one of Scotland's most historic and significant theatres. It opened in 1904 as one of the most brilliant designs of the prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham and has played host to top stars and shows ever since. It is home to possibly the very best Christmas pantomime to be seen in the United Kingdom which over the years has featured the Scottish greats including Stanley Baxter, Jimmy Logan, Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy, Elaine C Smith and Gerard Kelly.
The King's provides Glasgow's flourishing amateur groups with a high profile stage and was the location for the opening ceremony of Glasgow's European City of Culture events in 1990. Above all, it continues to pack in appreciative audiences performance after performance and throughout the year.
On September 30 2002 Ambassador Theatre Group took on the management of the King's (Glasgow City Council remains the owner). The theatre continues to present first class musicals and pantomime alongside a wider range of drama, dance and comedy.
One of the leading theatres in Britain, the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre Company was formed in 1943 by a group of Glasgow Citizens including the playwright James Bridie, who became the first President, Dr Tom Honeyman, who became the first Chairman, and the writer Guy McCrone who was the first Managing Director. They first presented their repertoire in the Athenaeum Theatre but moved to the Royal Princess's Theatre (originally opened in 1878 and famous for pantomime, melodrama and the national drama) in the Gorbals in 1945. This building was later renamed the Citizens' Theatre.
The Theatre Royal continues to go from strength to strength presenting not only its home company, Scottish Opera, but also Scottish Ballet and other world class arts companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. Successive front of house and backstage developments have ensured the Theatre Royal keeps pace with standards of customer care and technical facilities.
A further phase of refurbishment involving redecorating the public areas, replacing seating and carpeting, and, most significantly, a much-needed extension to the orchestra pit, was completed in the summer of 1997. The Theatre Royal had continued to assure its place as one of Scotland's principal performing venues.
Tramway is one of the leading contemporary visual and performing arts venues in Europe. Audiences, visitors, artists, performers and producers seek out Tramway's unique spaces as a place to create and engage, challenge and question. We invite you to join us and explore the building and its world-encompassing programme of events.
Tron Theatre Glasgow
The Tron Theatre was established as a theatre club in 1979 (going fully public in 1989), rising from the ashes of the destroyed Close Theatre, based at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.
Originally based in the Victorian Bar of the Tron whilst the Kirk itself was transformed into the auditorium, the Tron has become a leading player in Scottish theatre. Under the Artistic leadership of Michael Boyd (1986 to 1996) - now Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Tron established itself as a powerhouse of both new writing and dynamic productions of classic texts, making full use of available Scottish talent. Leading artists to emerge from this period include Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson, Peter Mullan, Craig Ferguson and Siobhan Redmond, as well as musician Craig Armstrong (Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge). Many of these artists still continue an association with the Tron.
Glasgow Film Theatre
Glasgow Film Theatre is an art house cinema with three screens. 440 films screened per year from across the world. Annual festivals include Cosmopolitan Glasgow World Film Festival (February), Italian Film Festival UK (April), French Film Festival (Nov), Electric Shadows (Chinese) (Jan), Glasgay (Nov) and special seasons. 60% of films shown are European, further 25% from across the world.