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The Theatre Royal in Glasgow

Mar 5, 2008
Glasgow, Scotland is home to the Theatre Royal. This beautiful Scottish landmark has been around since the later part of the 19th century and has since had its share of fires and disasters. The present facade of the Theatre Royal is perhaps the only thing that remains of the original. Throughout its lifetime the Theater Royal had many prestigious performances including those conducted by the Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Opera.

The first theater is the original auditorium within the building of the Royal Theatre, it was constructed in 1867, but it unfortunately burned down twelve years later. During its time, it bore witness to great Scottish plays and dramas. After the fire, the theatre was rebuilt by C.J. Phipps, who was one of the most revered architects in the world. Unfortunately, no matter how beautiful the interior of the auditorium was, it did not prevent it from falling victim to another great fire less than a decade after the 2nd installment.

The third theatre is the one that stands up till today. The decor and color scheme of the theatre was changed when the original gold and brown colors was deemed to be dated. The Royal Theatre in Glasgow no stands with crimson, cream and turquoise imbedded into the color scheme.

The ownership of the Royal Theatre has changed hands several times. Scottish Television bought the theater from the original owners in 1957. Despite turning the Royal Theatre into a studio, the television company still managed to keep the main auditorium of the theatre in tact. When Scottish Television moved to nearby establishment, the Scottish Opera purchased what remained of the Royal Theatre. It has since then been renovated and repaired and slowly restored to its former glory. The Royal Theatre reopened her doors once again in 1975 to a production of "Die Fledermaus". The Scottish Ballet which is based in Glasgow has also made the Royal Theatre its primary residence.

A few years ago The Royal Theatre's management was shifted to the hands of the "Ambassador Theatre Group", but the establishment will continue to be residence of the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet. The Royal Theatre presently stands in 282 Hope Street, Glasgow Scotland. Though it seems like the Theatre Royal had her share of woes, it has been surprisingly resilient since its latest reconstruction. The world will undoubtedly see more from the most prestigious home of both the Scottish Opera and Ballet.
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