The Theatre Royal has a rich architectural history that has developed over the course of three centuries. It was first designed by the architect George Bell in 1867. However Bell’s design was short-lived, as a fire in 1879 destroyed the theatre.

Renowned theatre architect Charles Phipps was brought in to redesign the theatre, making some drastic changes to Bell’s original designs. Today the Theatre Royal remains one of the finest examples of Phipps’ work.

In 2012, building work began on a dramatic new multi-million pound extension and redevelopment of the Theatre Royal, designed by Glasgow-based architects Page\Park. The new design incorporates brand-new facilities for the theatre, whilst retaining Phipps’ original auditorium design.

Learn more about the architectural history of the Theatre Royal by clicking the links opposite.