297 Bath St
Tel +44 (0) 141 240 1111 (box office)
The King's, Glasgow is one of Scotland's most historic and significant theatres.
The venue opened in 1904 as one of the most brilliant designs of the prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham and has played host to top stars and shows ever since. It is home to possibly the very best Christmas pantomime to be seen in the United Kingdom which over the years has featured the Scottish greats including Stanley Baxter, Jimmy Logan, Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy, Elaine C Smith and Gerard Kelly. The King's provides Glasgow's flourishing amateur groups with a high profile stage and was the location for the opening ceremony of Glasgow's European City of Culture events in 1990. Above all, it continues to pack in appreciative audiences performance after performance and throughout the year.
On September 30 2002 Ambassador Theatre Group took on the management of the King's (Glasgow City Council remains the owner). The theatre continues to present first class musicals and pantomime alongside a wider range of drama, dance and comedy. The theatre is now open throughout the year and a major programme of cleaning and refurbishment is planned.
The King's is located at 297 Bath Street at the junction of Elmbank Street in the western end of Glasgow city centre. It is extremely well served by motorway access, easy car parking, trains and buses - all within yards of the theatre.
- By Car
See details on the map provided here.
Northbound on the M8 Exit at Junction 19 and follow signs for the City Centre. At the first set of traffic lights turn left into Pitt Street, then first left into St Vincent Street and then second right into Elmbank Street. Turn first left into Elmbank Crescent and the car park is on your right.
Southbound on the M8 Take the right hand lane to exit at Junction 18 and follow signs for Charing Cross and Kelvingrove. Staying in the left hand lane turn left into Sauchiehall Street and then right into Elmbank Street. Turn first right into Elmbank Crescent and the car park* is on your right.
Eastbound from A814 Clydeside Expressway Turn left from the Expressway for M8 (signed Stirling, Edinburgh, Carlisle) but do not join the motorway. Follow the A804 towards Charing Cross, moving towards the middle lane. At the third set of traffic lights turn right into Sauchiehall Street and then second right into Elmbank Street. Turn second right into Elmbank Crescent and the car park* is on your right.
The Elmbank Crescent car park has re-opened following full refurbishment. You can now pay on foot before you leave - there's no need to have change ready when you arrive. Credit cards are accepted.
There are three main alternatives, all around ten minutes' walk from the theatre. Our recommendation for evening parking is Glasgow City Council's 900-space multi-storey in Cambridge Street. This 24-hour pay on foot car park has lifts, CCTV, wheelchair accessible toilets (but no orange badge spaces), and has a Secured Car Parks award. Charges for the first three hours are 60p per hour thereafter £1.20 per hour before 6pm Mon-Sat but only £1 to park for as long as you wish after 6pm. Allow for a ten minute walk to the theatre. You can park for up to six hours for £5 at Direct Parking's 145-space car park at the Hilton Hotel, although this is often full. The Sauchiehall Centre closes at 6.30pm on weekdays and daytime charges are identical to those at Cambridge Street.
- By Train
Charing Cross station is on the low level line between Queen Street (connections with main line trains and Buchanan Street Underground) and Partick (connection with Underground) stations. Turn right outside the station entrance then right again on reaching Bath Street. The Kings' front door is around one hundred yards on your right. For full timetable information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or click on the link below for information from RailTrack.
- By Bus
Routes 42, 57 and 18 go past the theatre on Bath Street travelling west and along Sauchiehall Street travelling east. For full local timetable information call Traveline on 0870 608 2608. For other bus information, including fares and ticket information, please call 0141 423 6600 between 8.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 12.30pm Saturday.
- By Coach
Coaches may drop off but not park in front of the theatre. Coach parks are located at High Street (call in advance 0141 552 7276) and Buchanan Bus Station (call in advance 0141 333 3762). Charges apply.
There is an official rank on Sauchiehall Street but taxis can be in short supply around the King's around the beginning and end of performances. You can call for or book a black cab from Glasgow TOA on 0141 429 7070.
The King's welcomes and provides facilities for elderly and disabled people of all ages.
- Wheelchair positions are provided in the rear stalls area with level access from Elmbank Street. Wheelchair transfer seats are also available.
- An induction loop system is provided in the auditorium. To use this facility, turn your hearing aid to the 'T' position.
- A full programme of signed performances is available:
- Guide dogs are welcome.
- For full details of all facilities for disabled people please contact the Box Office - telephone 0141 240 11 11
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