Basic Site Details

Name: Theatre Royal
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Theatre Royal Dunlop Street
First opened in 1782 for lessee John Jackson; architect/builder may have been William Craig & Son who created their yard next to the new building at the corner of the newly opened Jackson Street linking Dunlop and Stockwell Streets.
Its final lessee was Edmund Glover from 1852 and who later bought the property.
Fire destroyed it in January 1863 but it was rebuilt that year, in larger volume, for his widow Mrs Edmund Glover to the designs of Joseph Potts
of the prolific architects and surveyors Joseph Potts & Sons, John Street, Sunderland (who had designed the Theatre Royal Greenock for Edmund Glover in 1858.)
Building details can be seen in the Glasgow Herald 6th November 1863,3186267

It was sold in 1869 to the railway companies and it and surrounding streets demolished to make way for railway lines crossing the Clyde to St Enoch Square.

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Dunlop StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31840   
Item 2 of 331 January 1863  Theatre burnt down. Rebuilt that year to Spence's original design.
Item 3 of 31869 Destruction/demolition 


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 1William SpenceArchitect 1840  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Alexander, J H 
Item 2 of 2Edmund Glover TrustClient for 1863 rebuiding


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 2Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)p66-7