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The first full performance is took place at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries last night since the historic venue closed last year for a multi-million pound upgrade.
It re-opened with a pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast.
Lori Carnochan reports:
A major milestone has been reached in the history of Scotland's oldest working theatre.
The Theatre Royal, in Dumfries, will re-open its doors on Wednesday following a £2 million refurbishment.
This afternoon, the bust of Robert Burns was returned to its rightful place, before the first performance. Lori Carnochan reports:
A major milestone was reached today when the bust of Robert Burns was returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.
It was removed almost two years ago to allow for a £2 million overhaul and expansion of Scotland's oldest working theatre.
"We took Rabbie out because we didn't think he'd be safe when all the work was happening so he went to the Globe, Burns' favourite pub.
"Over the years we noticed he had sustained a little bit of damage shall we say so we decided that since we're going to have a nice new theatre, Rabbie should get a bit of a facelift too. Now that we're just about open for panto we felt he needed to be back."
The theatre, which was built in 1792, has a new glass atrium, a refurbished stage and seating area, a new bar, workshop, rehearsal studio and toilets.It came close to permanently closing in 2011, before The Holywood Trust stepped in with a £1 million grant.
Dumfries and Galloway Council gave £455,000 and other fundraisers were then able to raise the remaining £550,000 to carry out the works.
The theatre will officially open on Wednesday 2nd December with "Beauty and the Beast" pantomime.
The bust of Robert Burns is being returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries after it was moved to allow for refurbishment.
The theatre, which is Scotland's oldest working theatre, has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.
Robert Burns was one of the early patrons of the theatre and his bust was moved to his favourite pub whilst work was carried out.
The theatre re-opens on December 2nd with the pantomime Beauty and the Beast.