Alterations to the Theatre Royal

M281 Alterations to the Theatre Royal

Address: Hope Street and Rutherford Lane, Glasgow G2 3QA
Date: 1907–8
Client: Howard & Wyndham
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)

Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh fundamentally remodelled the four-storey tenement building at the corner of Hope Street and Rutherford Lane for the use of the theatre. The ground floor was extended at the rear (E.) and iron columns inserted to create a shop with open floor space and plate-glass windows. A separate stage entrance for the theatre was built E. of the shop. On the first and second floors, the tenement flats became additional theatre dressing rooms and new doorways connecting the two buildings were knocked through. The tenement stair was removed and a new external stair added on the theatre's E. elevation. During the 20th century, the Theatre Royal underwent extensive alterations and renovation following a fire in 1970. 1 The building altered by Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh survives at the S. end.

Authorship: This is one of over 270 jobs carried out in the office of John Honeyman & Keppie (Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh from 1901) during Mackintosh's time there. Mackintosh undoubtedly worked on many of these, but there is no specific evidence for his involvement in this case.

Cost from office job book: £1664 11s 7d

Status: Standing building

Current name: Theatre Royal

Current use: Theatre (2014)

Listing category: A: Listed as '254–90 (even nos) Hope Street, Theatre Royal'

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 33061 (Theatre Royal)

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 154 (Theatre Royal)

Grid Reference: NS 58905 65981 (Theatre Royal)

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.866288, lng = -4.256248   (Map)


1: Elizabeth Williamson, Anne Riches and Malcolm Higgs, Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, London: Penguin, 1990, pp. 208–9.