About Us

The Theatre Royal, Dumfries was built in 1792 and is the oldest working theatre in Scotland. The Theatre is owned by the Guild of Players who bought it in 1959, thereby saving it from demolition. It is run on a voluntary basis by the members of the Guild of Players and is funded largely by Guild membership subscriptions, and by Box Office receipts. In addition it is used extensively as a venue for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, and for Dumfries Music Festival and the Dumfries Musical Theatre Company.


From 2016, there will be an expanded programme including touring companies, music, and dance, in addition to local productions. 


The Guild’s aim is to promote the tradition of live theatre in Dumfries, for the enjoyment of members and the public alike. It is the venue for the Guild of Players’ own productions and for performances from visiting companies.


We are proud to be supported by

Holywood Trust, D&G Council

Heritage Lottery Fund,

Creative Scotland

Robertson Trust,Monument Trust,  DTD Historic Scotland

  & Public donations.

Booking Information


Purchase tickets online at www.ticketweb.co.uk,  phone 01387 253383  or visit the Box Office at Midsteeple, High Street, Dumfries

(Open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 1:30pm).


Tickets can also be purchased at theatre box office  30 min prior to  performance (subject to availability)



£10 adults £8 children

£1 off on December 2nd & 3rd

Guild of Players membership
Adults  £30.00
Junior Membership £15.00

Costume Hire


Please contact theatre royal

for making arrangements.

Phone :01387 254209

Guild of Players

The Guild of Players was founded as an amateur dramatic company in 1913. It has put on a season of plays for all but six of the years since then. There were no productions between 1915 and 1919, and none in 1944.

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