The Theatre Royal, which was built in 1792, has reopened to audiences this month following extensive renovation works.
Speaking from a tour of the venue, Ms McAlpine commented:
“Since first saving the venue from demolition in 1959, the volunteers in the Guild of Players have worked tirelessly throughout the years to retain a unique piece of Dumfries’ cultural heritage for the local community.
“I feel very privileged to have been given a sneak preview of the renovation works. This historic building has been given a new lease of life, and I will be following future developments keenly.
“The success of the project speaks to the hard work invested in the building and the team’s passionate dedication to promoting live theatre in Dumfries.”
The venue will next week play host to the Book Week Scotland event “Women in Crime”. Punters will have the opportunity to meet crime writers Karen Campbell and Helen Fitzgerald who will be in conversation with John Cairns at 7.30pm on Monday 23rd November. Tickets are available from the Midsteeple Box Office.
Notes to editors: photograph attached, L-R: Richard Arkless MP, Anne Aldridge (Guild Master), Joan McAlpine MSP, Sandy McDougal (Guild Secretary), Mark Alexander (Theatre Royal General Manager), Karen Ward Boyd (Holywood Trust).
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has applauded efforts to refurbish the oldest working theatre in Scotland, praising volunteers’ “passionate dedication to promoting live theatre in Dumfries”.