The Theatre Royal, Dumfries was built in 1792 and is the oldest working theatre in Scotland. The Theatre is owned by the Guild of Players who bought it in 1959, thereby saving it from demolition. It is run on a voluntary basis by the members of the Guild of Players and is funded largely by Guild membership subscriptions, and by Box Office receipts. In addition it is used extensively as a venue for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, and for Dumfries Music Festival and the Dumfries Musical Theatre Company.
From 2016, there will be an expanded programme including touring companies, music, and dance, in addition to local productions.
The Guild’s aim is to promote the tradition of live theatre in Dumfries, for the enjoyment of members and the public alike. It is the venue for the Guild of Players’ own productions and for performances from visiting companies.