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Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries

A Category B Listed Building in Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.0681 / 55°4'5"N

Longitude: -3.6075 / 3°36'26"W

OS Eastings: 297446

OS Northings: 576025

OS Grid: NX974760

Mapcode National: GBR 397V.S1

Mapcode Global: WH5WJ.KWC3

Plus Code: 9C7R399V+62

Entry Name: Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries

Listing Name: Shakespeare Street, Theatre Royal

Listing Date: 11 July 1961

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 362950

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB26341

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dumfries

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Town: Dumfries

Electoral Ward: Nith

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Thomas Boyd of Dumfries, 1790-2; theatre, re-modelled by

C J Phipps of London, 1876; repaired by Colin Morton,

1959-60, after fire damage. Rectangular-plan, original

W gabled elevation remodelled by Phipps, original portico

replaced by full width 2-storey range, one bay in depth

and with clasping pilasters, with 3 large round-arched

doorways, band at impost level; 1st floor central pilastrade; string/band courses; dentilled cornice and piended roof;

long S flank to Queen Street also altered, but with original

rusticated quoins at SE corner. Mainly rendered with ashlar

dressings; all painted. Slate roofs.

Interior: mostly by Morton; decorative iron gallery

front by Phipps survives; stage at E end. Extension to NE.

Statement of Interest

Inscribed medallion held in Dumfries Museum shows original

appearance. Said to be the oldest surviving purpose-built

theatre in Scotland; frequented by Robert Burns who took an

active role in its establishment. Re-opened after fire


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