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First performance for revamped Dumfries Theatre

The refurbished Theatre Royal Credit: ITV Border

The first full performance is taking place at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries tonight since the historic venue closed last year for a £2million upgrade.

It re-opens with a pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast.

The Theatre Royal is Scotland's oldest working theatre and has been closed since last year for improvements including a refurbished stage and seating area, new bar, workshop, rehearsal studio and toilets.

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WATCH: hard-hitting Dumfries play

A new play written by young people in Dumfries is set to be performed at the town's Youth Beatz festival this summer.

"Our Toon" deals with difficult subjects like bullying, drug abuse, and teenage suicide.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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WATCH: Whitehaven Civic Hall re-opening to the community

Whitehaven Civic Hall closed nearly two years ago but the Rosehill Youth Theatre Group have now been given a three-year lease on the building. Greg Hoare reports.

'Tommy's Story' comes to Cumbria

A group of amateur actors in West Cumbria are rehearsing ahead of the opening night of their First World War commemorative play.

"Tommy's Story" opens at Dean School on Friday before moving to Workington's Theatre Royal.

Tickets are free after the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project almost £10,000 and those involved are hopeful that this will draw crowds.

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