Scotland's oldest continuous working theatre has closed for major refurbishment.
The Theatre Royal in Dumfries will be shut for just over a year to complete a £2million upgrade.
A bust of Robert Burns, one of the original patrons of the theatre, which has stood overlooking the stage for five decades has been moved to the Bard's favourite pub 'The Globe' where it will stay until the theatre re-opens.
Victoria Wood has chosen a part-time theatre in Cumbria as the venue for the premiere of a stage version of her award-winning TV drama Housewife, 49.
Wood is a patron of the Old Laundry theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere, which operates for three months a year.
The Old Laundry seats up to 280 people and is attached to the World of Beatrix Potter tourist attraction, which uses some of its income from visitors on the trail of the Cumbria-based Peter Rabbit creator, to subsidise plays.
*Workington's oldest live entertainment venue will open again on Friday 7th September to the strains of an AC/DC tribute band. It is hoped that the radically modernised Carnegie Theatre will bring more live music, theatre and entertainment to the town. *
The £220,000 revamp has seen removable seating, new flooring, and new sound and lighting systems. Considerable repair works have been undertaken to the roof and external fabric of the building. The theatre now seats around 325 people and accommodate around 490 people for a concert.