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The King’s Theatre has been a Glasgow institution for over a century, opening its doors to the public in 1904. Designed by renowned theatre architect of the time, Sir Frank Matcham, The King’s is fine example of Edwardian splendour, comprising ornate balconies, boxes and period features, all restored to their original glory and its elaborately designed interior capturing the essence of yesteryear.
The King’s prides itself in showcasing one of the finest Christmas pantomimes in the UK, featuring an all-star cast each and every year. Over the years, the King’s has attracted a cornucopia of Scottish household names to its scintillating pantomime season, including Ricky Fulton, Stanley Baxter, Jack Millroy, and in more recent times, Elaine C Smith and Gerard Kelly. Complimenting its pantomime season in December and January, The King’s presents a host of performances from emerging amateur theatre groups and budding talents from Glasgow’s amateur dramatics circuit, and its repertoire covers a wide range from groundbreaking choreography to musicals. Throughout the year, theatregoers are treated to a diversity of high profile stage musicals and comedies from the West End and Broadway, each assuring an evening of energising entertainment and appealing to most tastes in theatre.
Not only acclaimed for its scintillating menu of world-class theatre, The King’s has also served as a significant venue for prestigious events and shows in Glasgow’s eclectic cultural calendar. This 1700 seat Edwardian theatre was the selected venue for the opening ceremony to Glasgow’s series of cultural events when it was crowned European City of Culture in 1990. The King’s also plays an integral part showcasing high-profile stand-up shows and performances in the increasingly popular Miller Glasgow International Comedy Festival in March with Karen Dunbar, Vagina Monologues and Jerry Springer, The Opera topping the bill in 2006.
Managed under the auspices of the Ambassadors Theatres Group since 2002, The King’s Theatre in Glasgow also promotes is a strong promoter of amateur theatre and provides a prestigious platform for young, emerging artistes to showcase their talents before audiences. Those new to world of performing arts have the opportunity to practice their undiscovered talents by attending a range of theatrical workshops as part of the King’s Theatre’s Summer School Programme, encompassing the whole spectrum of professional theatre from drama and choreography to stage lighting.
Assuring first-class entertainment all year round, The King's Theatre is a much-loved venue for both theatre production companies who grace its stages and audiences alike, and thrives into the 21st Century as one of Glasgow's finest entertainment venues, fully equipped to cater for audiences and performers of today. The King's can be found on Bath Street near Charing Cross Station and is accessible from the heart of the city on foot, by train and regular bus services and is only 5-minutes walking distance from the Charing Cross Guest House in Renfrew Street, the perfect base for sampling Glasgow's vibrant entertainment scene and nightlife.