The Theatre Royal Glasgow is the city’s oldest theatre and is the longest-running theatre in Scotland. Originally opening as the Royal Colosseum & Opera House in 1867, its name changed to the Theatre Royal in 1869. This was the heyday of theatres and music halls in Glasgow.

Changes in the entertainment industry, including the introduction of cinema and television, saw theatres struggling to retain audiences, forcing many to close as new sources of entertainment captured the public’s imagination.

Click on the Map Pointers below to reveal information about Glasgow’s Historic Theatres past and present.