The Guild and The Theatre Royal
After the Guild purchased the Theatre Royal, it was discovered that there was some urgent repair and restoration that needed to be done. A great deal of work was done by the Guild membership, with several local tradesmen offering their services free of charge. The Theatre was formally re-opened on October 1st, 1960 by the actor and author Sir Compton McKenzie.
In 1963, the Guild was awarded a license by the Performing Rights Society, which allowed it to open the theatre doors to the public and sell tickets for their own productions. The license also allowed the Guild to lease out the theatre to other organisations, including touring companies. By the end of the decade, Scottish Ballet, Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, Dundee Repertory Theatre and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra were just some of the visitors to put on productions at the Theatre Royal.
The 1970’s saw the Theatre expand, with the Guild purchasing 49 Queen Street as well as Radcliffe and Shearer’s warehouse. These spaces were initially used for rental purposes to generate income following the Theatre purchase but would later go on to form part of the plans to renovate the Theatre to include new spaces, updated features and important restoration work in the years to come.