– Alan Henry, Guild of Players
"This is our generation's contribution to the history of this famous and historic theatre.
"We are absolutely delighted that we have gone to the next step in the re-development of the Theatre Royal.
"It will ensure that the theatre takes a centre stage in the artistic life of Dumfries for many years to come and we'll hope to make a contribution to the many festivals that the town now holds.
"We have a Robert Burns statue looking down on us - this was a theatre he had close associations with in his life time - and we are certain he'd thoroughly approve."
Planning permission has been approved for a £2 million improvement project for the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.
The building is Scotland's oldest working theatre and was saved from closure two years ago.
The money is being put towards a bespoke rehearsal area, as well an improved drinks and food area and a more welcoming entrance.
Building work starts in February next year after the tendering process to find a developer, and it is estimate to take about a year to complete.