Because the Royal Scottish Conservatoire is in Glasgow, there is always a pool of impressive young talent that's pressing the city's artistic boundaries in theater, music, and film. The city has a well-deserved reputation for its theater, with everything from cutting-edge plays to over-the-top pantomimes. The Citizens Theatre is one of Europe’s leading companies, and the Kings and the Theatre Royal play host to touring productions.

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  • 1. A Play, a Pie, and a Pint

    In a former church, Glasgow's hugely successful lunchtime theater series called "A Play, a Pie, and a Pint" (and you do get all three) showcases new writing from Scotland and elsewhere. Doors open at 12:15 pm and shows begin at 1 pm Monday through Saturday. Performances sell out quickly, particularly late in the week, so book well in advance on the website.

    Top of Byres Rd., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G12 8QX, Scotland
  • 2. Celtic Connections

    Continually expanding, this music festival is held throughout the second half of January in venues across the city. Musicians from Scotland, Ireland, and other countries celebrate Celtic music, both traditional and contemporary. There are a series of hands-on workshops and a popular late-night club at the Royal Concert Hall.

    Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland
  • 3. Glasgow Film Theatre

    City Centre

    An independent operation, the three-screen Glasgow Film Theatre shows the best new releases, documentaries, and classic films. It has several programs for young people and hosts the annual Glasgow Film Festival.

    12 Rose St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G3 6RB, Scotland
  • 4. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

    A unique spectacle, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is the brainchild of Eduard Bersudsky, who came to Glasgow from Russia in 1989 to continue making the mechanical sculptures that are his stock in trade. They are witty and sometimes disturbing, perhaps because they are constructed from scrap materials. They move in a kind of ballet to haunting, specially composed music punctuated by a light show. The shows are 45 or 70 minutes.

    103 Trongate, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G1 5HD, Scotland

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  • 5. Aye Write

    West End

    This highly successful literary festival brings together writers from Scotland and the world to discuss their work and exchange ideas. It is held in the Mitchell Library and other venues over one week in July.

    North St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G3 7DN, Scotland
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  • 6. Centre for Contemporary Arts

    City Centre

    The center hosts regular major art exhibitions and other arts events and regularly screens classic, independent, and children's films. It also has a restaurant, the Saramago, which serves vegan dishes; an upstairs bar; and a very good small independent bookshop.

    350 Sauchiehall St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 3JD, Scotland
  • 7. Cineworld Glasgow

    City Centre

    An 18-screen facility, this is Glasgow's busiest movie multiplex. A glass-walled elevator whisks you to the top of the 170-foot-tall building, which is also the world's tallest cinema. Book your tickets online and collect them from machines at the venue to avoid the often very long queues.

    7 Renfrew St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 3AB, Scotland
  • 8. City Halls

    Merchant City

    One of the top music venues in the Merchant City, the stone-fronted City Halls hosts orchestral, jazz, and folk concerts.

    Candleriggs, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G1 1NQ, Scotland
  • 9. Glasgow Jazz Festival

    City Centre

    For five days in late June, Glasgow hosts jazz musicians from around the world in venues throughout the city, though mainly in the City Centre.

    Glasgow, Glasgow City, G1 1NB, Scotland
  • 10. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

    The 2,500-seat Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is the venue for a wide range of concerts, from classical to pop. It also hosts the very popular late-night club during the annual Celtic Connections music festival.

    2 Sauchiehall St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 3NY, Scotland
  • 11. Grosvenor Cinema

    West End

    This popular, compact cinema has two screens and extremely comfortable leather seats (some of them big enough for two). It's part of a small complex in the always busy Ashton Lane, immediately behind the subway station, that also includes bars, cafés, and restaurants.

    Ashton La., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G12 8SJ, Scotland
  • 12. King's Theatre

    Dramas, variety shows, and musicals are staged at the King's Theatre, open since 1904. It hosts many touring productions of musicals from London's West End. Check ticket websites to see what's on.

    297 Bath St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 4JN, Scotland
  • 13. Pavilion Theatre

    City Centre

    This traditional variety theater hosts family-friendly entertainment, some plays, the occasional hypnotist, and concerts, most with a very strong Glasgow flavor.

    121 Renfield St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 3AX, Scotland
  • 14. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

    An important venue for music and drama, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland hosts regular concerts by well-known performers, as well as by its own students. The lunchtime concert series is popular.

    100 Renfrew St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 3DB, Scotland
  • 15. Royal Scottish Conservatoire

    City Centre

    An important venue for music and drama, the Royal Scottish Conservatoire hosts regular concerts by well-known performers, as well as by its own students. The lunchtime concert series is popular.

    100 Renfrew St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 3DB, Scotland
  • 16. Scottish Music Centre

    City Centre

    As well as a library, the Scottish Music Centre serves as the main ticket office for all music events at venues like the Royal Concert Hall and for annual events like the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

    Candleriggs, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G1 1NQ, Scotland
  • 17. SEC Armadillo


    The 3,000-seat riverside SEC is known as the Armadillo for its distinctive, curved design by Norman Foster. It hosts large-scale pop concerts and other events.

    Exhibition Way, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G3 8YW, Scotland
  • 18. SSE Hydro


    This dramatic addition to the banks of the Clyde is a 12,000-seat arena under a silver dome. Built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it has proved enormously popular as a music and event venue.

    SEC Exhibition Way, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G3 8WY, Scotland
  • 19. Theatre Royal

    City Centre

    Glasgow is home to the Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet and plays hosts to a range of events throughout the year by visiting dance and theater companies.

    282 Hope St., Glasgow, Glasgow City, G2 3QA, Scotland
  • 20. Ticketmaster

    Tickets for theatrical performances can be purchased at theater box offices or online through Ticketmaster.

    Glasgow City, Scotland

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