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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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Dumfries play tackles tough issues

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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.

More than 300 people have already seen it at Dumfries and Galloway Council's Youth Enquiry Service on Buccleuch Street.

Selkirk theatre company to close

The company is to close after 25 years.

A Scottish Borders theatre company is closing after 25 years.

The Selkirk-based Rowan Tree Theatre Company says it's due to funding running out and increased performance costs.

It says the theatre's been struggling to survive for some time.

The Duke of Buccleuch will host a farewell for the company at Bowhill Theatre next Monday.

'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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