Scotland's first public theatre was opened - On this day in Scottish history


08 November 2018
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imports_CESC_0-kw3ljr05-100000_99746.jpg Scotland's first public theatre was opened - On this day in Scottish history
Playwright Allan Ramsay opened Scotland's first public theatre at Carrubber's Close in Edinburgh. ...
Playwright Allan Ramsay (pictured) opened Scotland's first public theatre at Carrubber's Close in Edinburgh on 8 November 1736. The theatre's future was to be short-lived as due to the disapproval of the strict Protestant kirk, the theatre was declared illegal and closed months after it opened. Ramsay was a resident of Carruber's Close, which is just off the Royal Mile.
 
The theatre was re-opened in 1767 by David Ross, a London actor who also opened the world's first lending library, from a bookshop on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.