Clyde Auditorium

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Clyde Auditorium
The 2k Armadillo
Clyde Auditorium, 2008
Address Finnieston Street
G3 8YW
Public transit Exhibition Centre railway station
Owner SEC Ltd.
Capacity 3,000
Built 1995-97
Opened 7 September 1997 (1997-09-07)
Construction cost £30 million
Venue Info

The Clyde Auditorium, familiarly known as "The Armadillo", is a concert venue and auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland. The building sits on the site of the now infilled Queen's Dock on the River Clyde, adjacent to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.


The Clyde Auditorium viewed from across the Clyde.
The facade of the Clyde Auditorium.

Plans for a new building to increase the capacity of the SECC complex were initiated in 1995. Designed by award-winning architects Foster and Partners, the 3,000 seat venue was completed in 1997, by which time it had earned its affectionate nickname due to the similarity of its shape to that of the animal of the same name. Many comparisons have been made with the Sydney Opera House, although this was not the architects' inspiration for the design, which was in fact an interlocking series of ship's hulls, in reference to the Clyde's shipbuilding heritage.

The building has quickly become one of the most recognisable on Clydeside and one of the iconic images of modern Glasgow. Its success has led to the construction of a third venue on the complex, the Scottish Hydro Arena.

It is connected by passageways to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, and the Crowne Plaza hotel for easy access and exit for high-profile performers.

The building held the Scottish auditions of Britain's Got Talent series 2 - 4 and the auditions for series 1 - 4 of The X Factor. It is the place where singer Susan Boyle was discovered.

Ian Reilly, the site's engineer, named the Auditorium the Armadillo during the construction phase.[citation needed]

The building served as the venue for the weightlifting competitions of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow.


More recently the Auditorium is famous for its Family Pantomimes.

Year Title Main Cast
2010 Aladdin John Barrowman
The Krankies
2011 Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates John Barrowman
The Krankies
2012 Jack and the Beanstalk John Barrowman
The Krankies
2013 Dick McWhittington John Barrowman
The Krankies
2014 Cinderella John Barrowman
The Krankies
2015 Peter Pan David Hassellhoff
The Krankies
Michelle McManus
2016 Aladdin Marti Pellow
Johnny Mac
2017 Cinderella TBA

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Coordinates: 55°51′34″N 4°17′17″W / 55.859496°N 4.287962°W / 55.859496; -4.287962