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Theatre Royal Building Works

Work has now begun on a major project to transform the public spaces of Theatre Royal Glasgow, with the aim of improving your experience of a visit to the theatre.

A new entrance to the theatre is being built which will provide spacious foyers and great new facilities:

• bars on all levels
• new box office
• better cloakrooms
• more toilets
• hospitality suites
• daytime café
• arts education spaces
• roof terrace with city views

The new building will also enable lifts to be installed for the first time, significantly improving access for people of all abilities to all levels of the auditorium.

The vision is for the theatre to become a social hub – somewhere you can gather with friends for great coffee during the day, enjoy outstanding performances, learn about the performing arts, and discover the wonderful heritage of this beautiful theatre.

What’s the plan?

The new entrance is to be built on the corner of Cowcaddens Road and Hope Street. Office developments around the theatre meant some land became available for sale on Cowcaddens Road. This, combined with the land currently occupied by the Café Royal, provides the space to do something truly ambitious, creating a world-class theatre for Glasgow.

Which areas of the theatre will be affected?

Theatre Royal have tried to minimise the impact on audiences, but there will be some temporary changes to how you use the theatre during the construction period:

• Instead of the Café Royal, bars at Stalls and Dress Circle levels will be open from 1 hour before
curtain up.
• There will be changes to toilet provision on the ground floor which may mean that you will need to use different toilets from usual. Toilets will be clearly signposted and staff will be able to direct you to those nearest.
• When collecting tickets before a performance, you’ll now find the box office in the main ground floor foyer, through the doors from Hope Street.

What’s being done to the auditorium?

Lots of work to preserve the auditorium has been carried out over the years, most recently in 1997, so it’s in pretty good shape. The changes we are making now are designed to improve your comfort:

• A new heating/cooling system will be installed to help keep the temperature within the auditorium at a more comfortable level.
• The layout of the seats in the Stalls and Dress Circle will be changed to improve sightlines and reduce the number of seats where it is difficult to see the stage because of pillars or other obstructions.

Will the theatre be closed during construction?

The theatre will be open as usual during most of the construction. It will need to close from February- April 2014 to enable the final ‘joining up’ of the new extension with the current theatre.

When will the work be finished?

Construction will take approximately 18 months and the new look theatre will be complete by Summer 2014, in time for Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games.

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