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Theatre Royal, Queen Street

The Theatre Royal on Queen Street, c 1805.

The theatre was built by a consortium of prominent Glaswegians to compete with the Theatre Royal in Dunlop Street. It was designed by the architect David Hamilton and opened in 1805, with a seating capacity of 1,500 people.

The theatre was managed at first by John Jackson, who had managed the rival Dunlop Street theatre, and it was said that it took £250 in admission money each night. However, the venture did not live up to the expectations of its backers. The building was entirely destroyed by fire in 1829.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 941.435 DEN (1804)

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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