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Basic Site Details

Name: Theatre Royal
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
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Notes: The building clients in the life of the Theatre Royal have been:

James Baylis , 1867
Messrs McClures & Hannay, Solicitors, from 1877 (no connection to Alexander Hannay)
Howard & Wyndham from 1888, and Howard & Wyndham Ltd from 1895
thereafter STV, Scottish Opera.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Royal Colosseum  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Theatre  
Item 2 of 2   

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Cowcaddens Street Main entrance from 1867 to 1880 (not Hope Street).
Item 2 of 2254-290, Hope StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 141867  Original building
Item 2 of 141869  Alterations
Item 3 of 141879  Burnt
Item 4 of 141880  Rebuilding within existing shell after fire
Item 5 of 14August 1890 OpenedRe-opened after reconstruction
Item 6 of 141895  Rebuilding after fire
Item 7 of 141 March 1895  Reopened after rebuilding
Item 8 of 141901  Alterations
Item 9 of 141907  Alterations
Item 10 of 141957 Alteration/conversionConverted to Scottish Television theatre.
Item 11 of 141970 Destruction/demolitionInterior partly burnt out
Item 12 of 1419741975Restoration 
Item 13 of 141987  Decoration of theatre for Masked Ball (fund-raising event)
Item 14 of 141990  Decoration of theatre for Butterfly Ball (fund-raising event)


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 12Clarke & BellArchitectural practiceA1867 Original building - Bell responsible.
Item 2 of 12George Bell IArchitectA1867 Original building
Item 3 of 12Charles John PhippsArchitectB1880 Rebuilding within existing shell after fire
Item 4 of 12Charles John PhippsArchitectC1895 Rebuilding after fire
Item 5 of 12James MillerArchitect 1901 Alterations
Item 6 of 12Charles Rennie MackintoshArchitectE1907 Alterations
Item 7 of 12Honeyman, Keppie & MackintoshArchitectural practiceE1907 Alterations
Item 8 of 12John KeppieArchitectE1907 Alterations
Item 9 of 12Arup AssociatesArchitect, EngineerF19741975Restoration
Item 10 of 12Derek SugdenArchitectF19741974Restoration
Item 11 of 12John Robertson NotmanArchitectI1987 Decoration of theatre for Masked Ball (to raise funds)
Item 12 of 12John Robertson NotmanArchitectJ1990 Decoration of theatre for fund-raising ball


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 6Baylis, JamesClient in 1867

Item 2 of 6Howard & WyndhamFrom 1888
Item 3 of 6Howard & Wyndham LtdFrom 1895
Item 4 of 6Messrs McClures & Hannay, SolicitorsMessrs McClures & Hannay, Solicitors, from 1877 (no connection to Alexander Hannay)
Item 5 of 6Scottish OperaClient, 1974
Item 6 of 6Scottish Television (Roy Thomson)Client, 1957

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexandra Music HallAccomodation for 700. Was part of the Theatre Royal Buildings in Cowcaddens Street at Hope Street, sitting over the theatre entrance corridor in Cowcaddens.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Smith, Graeme2008The Theatre Royal: entertaining a Nation Glasgow Publications 
Item 2 of 2Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p208

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7British Architect12 November 1880   
Item 2 of 7British Architect19 April 1895   
Item 3 of 7Builder5 August 189059 page 113
Item 4 of 7Builder14 September 1895   
Item 5 of 7Builder5 December 1958  p981
Item 6 of 7Building News12 March 1880   
Item 7 of 7Scotsman29 July 2009  Obituary of Notman

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Courtesy of Graeme SmithInformation via website (from Graeme Smith)  Sent June 2013
Item 2 of 5DMW ArchiveJames Miller Typed List of Works by Audrey Sloan  
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33061 
Item 4 of 5Hunterian MuseumMackintosh Collection Job Book
Item 5 of 5Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 1/3770 and 1/8341 (Plans dated 8 July 1869 etc)

Wordsall Collection, Ref T1309/A/460. Dated 1/5/1924.


© All rights reserved. Builder 5 August 1890, p113 

© All rights reserved. Builder 5 August 1890, p113