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Theatres in Ayrshire ~1800 - 2013
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Ayr Theatres, Theatre Royal (1815), Fort Street, Ayr.  

1.   Theatre Royal  , Fort Street facade and north elevation in Mews Lane.

Date June 2009
Photographer ©M Bailey

2.   Theatre Royal, Fort Street facade.

Date June 2009
Photographer ©M Bailey

These views show the new entrance, constructed in 2004, and the north elevation in Mews Lane with windows at balcony and pit level.  The pit was some 3 metres below ground level.


November 1815

Opening Night at the New Theatre

New Theatre, under the management of Mr. Johnston, opened on Monday last, with the comedy of the Honey Moon, and introduced a number of Performers, both Ladies and Gentlemen, for the first time to our notice.

Mr. Johnston's Duke Aranzi requires no other comment, than that it was supported throughout with his usual ability.   Miss Wallack performed the part of the Duchess with considerable spirit; but there appeared to be a defect in voice, proceeding either from a want of modulation, or perhaps the effect of cold; a little time will enable us to determine how far it is natural or accidental.

Mr Mason's Lampedo was indeed most admirable; the author, could he have witnessed the representation, must have declared the Doctor of Monday night, both as to figure, dress, and manner of portraying the character, exactly what he intended it to be.   Mr. Lacy was excellent as Rolando, as was Mrs. Macnamara in Violante. Mr. Mackay, in the mock Duke, made us laugh exceedingly; but he seems to have a habit of raising then lowering his voice a full octave in the same sentence, which though comical . . .   the Father, the Count and the Hostess made as much of their characters as such characters would admit; indeed the lady deserved great credit for the admirably characteristic manner in which the part was dressed.

The Play was succeed by the farce of Raising the Wind, both of which were deservedly received throughout with the greatest applause. We do not much wonder that our Townsmen have entertained some fear from the rapidity used in finishing the house, that it might be so damp as to render it dangerous for their families to attend; we have however heard no complaints from any that have visited it, and should at all events suppose the danger, if it existed, should now be over.

To our present Novelties, we shall next week, we understand, have to add, Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Garrick, the former a celebrated Tragedian, from Covent Garden, and the latter, a vocal performer of great notoriety in most of the principal towns of Britain.

We sincerely hope these exertions, on the part of the manager, may in return receive the patronage and support from the liberal inhabitants of Air, which we are persuaded, from what we already know of Mr Johnston, it will ever be his greatest pride to acknowledge and chief study to deserve

Air Advertiser and West Coast Journal, November 1815

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