Garrison Theatre

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The Garrison Theatre is a 280 capacity venue in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland, with a sprung proscenium stage with fixed raked seating. The auditorium has 19 rows, named A to S, with either 8, 12, 13, 15 or 16 seats in each row.[1]

The venue hosts dance, drama, stand-up comedy, pantomime and music productions together with regular film screenings[2] (Shetland currently has no dedicated cinema so the Garrison Theatre has monthly film screenings. A new cinema opened in 2012 - see Mareel).

It was opened in 1903 and used as a Drill Hall and gymnasium during the First World War. It was also the headquarters of the 7th Volunteer Battalion Gordon Highlanders. The building was converted to a theatre by ENSA in 1942[3] to be used as a venue to entertain troops during the Second World War.[4][5] During the 1950s and '60s it was owned by the Zetland County Council, who decided to repair and refurbish the theatre in 1989, and was programmed by Islesburgh Drama Group and an Entertainments Committee. Ownership was then transferred to the Islesburgh Trust before coming under Shetland Arts management in April 2007.[6][7]

Technical specifications[edit]

The stage width is 6.7 metres and the depth is 5.5 metres. There are four lighting bars above the stage and one (plus the sidebars) in the auditorium.

At the entrance there is a mini food and drink stall, plus a box-office selling tickets.

Backstage are two large dressing-rooms, three toilets and two showers.


  1. ^ "Garrison Theatre, Lerwick". Scottish Arts Council. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Garrison Theatre, Shetland". Young Scot Enterprise. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Garrison Theatre, Lerwick". Cultural Profiles. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Garrison Theatre". HI Arts. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Theatre". Visit Shetland. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Venue Profile: Garrison Theatre". HI Arts. April 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  7. ^ Pete Bevington (12 July 2007). "Shetland Arts ready to expand". The Shetland News. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 

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Coordinates: 60°9′20″N 1°8′45″W / 60.15556°N 1.14583°W / 60.15556; -1.14583