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Glass Plate Negative of Theatre Royal (interior), Dumfries, c 1900

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Image taken from Glass Plate Negative of the Interior of the Theatre Royal, Dumfries c 1900

Introduction:
When Robert Burns first settled in Dumfries, theatrical performances were given in the old Assembly Rooms. By 1790, however, the actor manager George Stephens Sutherland made approaches to certain men of influence suggesting that the town should have a permanent theatre.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
104
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Image - length: 160 mm, width: 210 mm
What:
Glass Plate Negative of Theatre Royal (interior), Dumfries, c 1900
Subject:
The theatre itself was designed in the classical style with an external portico. The auditorium had a pit, a dress circle of boxes and behind that a gallery. It could accommodate an audience of up to 550. It was radically altered in 1876 in accordance with Victorian tastes and is now the only surviving Georgian theatre in Scotland.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
Captain Robert Riddell of Glenriddell (1755-1794) (patron of the theatre)
George Stephens Sutherland (Dumfries) (actor and theatre manager)
When:
c 1900 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The theatre itself was designed in the classical style with an external portico. The auditorium had a pit, a dress circle of boxes and behind that a gallery. It could accommodate an audience of up to 550. It was radically altered in 1876 in accordance with Victorian tastes and is now the only surviving Georgian theatre in Scotland.
Description:
Robert Burns was an avid supporter of this proposal and the founding spirit of the Theatre Royal was Robert Riddell, who was a close friend of the poet. The cost of the building was raised by subscription and it opened on 29 September 1792. Burns was a regular patron, he was on the free list for admission thanks to his friend, Riddell and would sit in the pit.