Theatre Royal Dumfries

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The oldest theatre in Scotland, Theatre Royal Dumfries is in the heart of the town, first opening its doors in 1792. It has strong associations with the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote several pieces specifically for its stage.

About Theatre Royal Dumfries

Burns was heavily involved in the construction of a theatre while he lived in Dumfries and continued to patronise the Theatre Royal during his years in the town. Whilst he was unable to contribute financially, his talents and connections would prove invaluable and he was able to contribute to the theatre through his friendships with other artists. The Bard wrote several pieces for the stage, including ‘A Scots Prologue’ which was performed as a fundraiser at the new theatre and ‘The Rights of Women’ for Louise Fontanelle when she performed in the newly opened theatre in 1792.

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