The main cultural venues in Glasgow are in the theatre district. Around the theatre district (city centre) are four higher education institutes. The retail district is best experienced in George Square, with shopping on Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street.
The most popular theatres and venues can be found in:
The Pavilion Theatre
The Pavilion is the top theatre in Glasgow. The venue has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years. Musicals, singers, comedy acts, shows, magicians and countless other acts play at the Pavilion Theatre.
The structure of the 1904 building remains in the decorative style.
The theatre is one of the most iconic in the world. Glasgow’s Pavilion offers new shows every year, with the most popular shows on the schedule being:
- Dance Mums
- Back to Bacharach
- Peter Powers Hypnotist
- Francie and Josie
- Real Hoosewives
Of course, there are also numerous other shows playing at the Pavilion.
The King’s Theatre is one of the most historic theatres in Scotland, and put on its first show in 1904. Tourists flock to the theatre from across the globe to see the venue’s Christmas pantomime.
Many greats have graced the theatre, including: Jack Milroy, Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter.
Productions at the venue include:
- Girls Night Out
- Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook
- Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train
- The Woman in Black
- The Full Monty
New shows are put on weekly with top-notch performances, including Grease, Funny Girl and countless others.
Citizens Theatre was opened in 1878 and consists of a 500-seat main auditorium as well as a Circle Studio, which seats 100 people. Dominic Hill took over as the theatre’s artistic director, who is critically acclaimed for:
- The Dark Things
- Scenes from an Execution
- CATS Awards
The theatre offers numerous great productions, including:
- The Winter’s Tale
- Cuttin’ A Rug
- Travels With My Aunt
- Friday Club
- Off the Page
Citizens Theatre offers a great production that people from across the UK and Scotland travel great lengths to see.
Internationally respected and critically acclaimed, the Tron Theatre does one thing better than the rest: provides new theatre first. The theatre aims to provide a mix of new writing, reworks and world premieres.
Three performance places and a rehearsal space available in the Tron Theatre.
Tron offers fantastic shows, but before sitting in your seat, you can enjoy the Bar & Kitchen. The establishment offers:
- Burgers and sandwiches
- Main course
- Festive cocktail and drinks
- Sides and snacks
The theatre’s shows are always changing, with many new performances as the theatre celebrates its 35th anniversary. Main shows playing at the venue include:
- God of Carnage
- The Lying Kind
- The Lions of Lisbon
- Compton & Newberry – Support
Dozens of other shows are on schedule at the Tron Theatre.
Cottiers Theatre is a concert and show venue that offers a lavish meal and concert package to enjoy. Cottiers is a truly unique venue because it offers a bar and restaurant, hosts weddings, and acts as a theatre, too.
The venue was renovated from an old, grandiose church.
Cottiers offers a cabaret style seating with tables and chairs. The occupancy for a show is 100 with this seating type. Normal occupancy at standing events is 300. The venue gets filled quickly, so make sure to book well in advance to guarantee a spot during the next big show.
Numerous shows are put on monthly. Some of the most exciting shows on this year are:
- Linda Jaxson
- Frank’s Red Hot Wings
- Jail Mates
- Mad Professor
Cottiers is smaller than other theatres, so they may only put on a handful of shows per year. Guests who want to go out to dinner and enjoy a great show will find that Cottiers offers the best of both worlds. The staff is attentive, and the venue is stylish with great views and an intimate setting.
Glasgow theatres offer an eclectic lineup of shows for visitors to enjoy. Most venues will accommodate guests of all ages and mobility levels. Handicap accessibility is offered in each venue. Snacks and light food are also offered at most venues.