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The Tron Theatre

From Disuse to Stardom as Popular Glaswegian Performance Venue

PLAY quality shows in a theatre

why should you go?...

Tron Theatre rose from the ashes of neglect, disuse and several fires into a dynamic multi performance space in the late 1970s. Going from strength to strength and remaining ever-popular, it is now well established as a Glaswegian cultural institution.

A cornerstone of Scottish drama and development, it hosts all kinds of plays and performances, and is host venue in support of many other festivals each year.

The atmosphere is electric, especially on performance nights. The performing spaces are well supported by a restaurant and Victorian bar, as well as a modern bar that also serves up excellent pub grub and light bites.

who goes there?...

arts junkies, cultural types, trendies.

what's it like inside?...

The 16th century steeple at Tron Theatre is one of Glasgow’s most recognizable landmarks, and dates back to the church originally built in 1529. Since then, the site has enjoyed a mixed and very colourful history. A place of worship, and of execution, it was even briefly a police station in the 19th century.

Rebuilt after the great fire of 1577, it featured Glasgow’s first ever pavement. Although its use was restricted to Virginian tobacco merchants!

Another fire in 1793, thanks to the notorious Hell Fire Club, provided the opportunity for James and Robert Adam to design and build the structure that remains the basis for today’s Tron Theatre. The Industrial Revolution meant that the wealthy moved off to the west, leaving Tron in a den of iniquity. The nearby Leigh Kirk had more than 20 brothels in its close.

Following a long period of disuse and neglect, the Glasgow Theatre Club was formed and moved in during the late 1970s, with rent set at the princely sum of £1 per annum from 1980.

Since then there has been a continued development of the whole site. Today Tron Theatre is a well loved Glasgow institution, the host of many events each year, and providing food and drink in a restaurant with an original Victorian bar, as well as another bar with quality pub food on order.

how are the staff?...

Tron Theatre staff are very laid back and friendly, even during the energetic busy times on performance nights. The box office is a splendid combination of old Tron stonework and modern glass walls, where queues for tickets are promptly dealt with.

They have a good sense of humour too, which is just as well during panto season when happy audiences can be high as kites before and after the hilarious show.

what pulls you in?...

Echoing the colourful, varied history of Tron Theatre, the shows put on in Tron are sure to surprise and entertain. From the top class pantomime each Christmas to satirical, political and musical plays, Tron Theatre also acts as host venue for acts taking part in larger festivals.

So it will take part in the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Celtic Connections and Glasgay! each year, to name but a few.

what's the speciality of the house?...

There is an energy emanating from Tron Theatre, particularly on performance nights, that has to be experienced to be believed.

A leading light in emerging new Scottish drama talent, many famous actors have emerged from treading the Tron Theatre boards. These include Iain Glen, Alan Cummings and Craig Ferguson.

The annual panto really is a hoot. With plenty to keep the children entertained, there is such a healthy dose of double-entendres in the script to have adults in kinks too.

what helps you stay?...

Quality food and drink are available in the bar to the side of Tron Theatre, and in the central Tron Victorian restaurant and bar. Light bites in the bar or a nifty pre-theatre in the Victorian restaurant are both there for your pleasure.

what else should you know?...

The Victorian bar space is available for private hire Sundays to Wednesdays. The space is perfect for an unusual corporate hospitality event, a wedding, birthday or any other special celebration. Tron staff can arrange hospitality to suit most budgets.

is it good value?...

Tron Theatre productions tend to be keenly priced with a range of concessions also available.

when is it open?...

Theatre opening times vary, according to the requirements of individual performances. See Tron publications and website for timetable details.

location, location, location...

63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
(nearest cross street: Albion Street)

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getting there...

publicAlbion Street, Candleriggs (Q-Park)in the hood!
undergroundBuchanan Streetwalk in 10
overgroundArgyle Streetwalk in 5


+44 (0) 141 552 4267 / box office main
+44 (0) 141 552 6657 / fax


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