The Swallow Theatre

Scotland's Smallest Theatre

Christmas is coming ...

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Join us for two nostalgic Christmas shows from the multi-award winning actor Guy Masterson.

At 7.30pm on Monday 9 December and Tuesday 10 December, enjoy a trip back in time to a simpler age with ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Other Dylan Thomas’.

Dylan Thomas is one of Britain’s best-loved writers most widely known for the 1950s radio drama and 1971 film ‘Under Milk Wood’. Here world-renowned performer of Dylan Thomas’s works, Guy Masterson, brilliantly reveals the magic of some of Dylan Thomas’ other writings in a performance “of staggering energy and invention” (The Scotsman).

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ is a seasonal masterpiece recollecting the writer’s boyhood Christmases in a small Welsh town, and is the centrepiece of the evening’s entertainment.


On Tuesday 10 December at 2pm, Guy Masterson performs ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs and Tiny Tim are brought to life by Masterson in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. It’s guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit – in many more ways than one!

‘A Christmas Carol’ was a sell-out show at The Swallow Theatre in 2018, and the venue is delighted to be presenting another opportunity to see the show, this time as a matinee.

The theatre is open from one hour before each performance and will be serving mulled wine, mulled non-alcoholic fruit punch and mince pies as well as its usual range of fair trade coffee and tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, ice creams, wines and beers.

Don’t Miss Out!

Tickets for each show : £14.50

Masterson’s command of Thomas’s wordplay is remarkable, akin to his great uncle, the late Richard Burton. Masterson won The Stage Award for Best Actor in 2001 for this performance. Come and experience the richness and magic of the English language at its very best!

Watch Guy impersonate his late great uncle Richard Burton

What's On

Sunday Afternoon Play Reading

Join us for the first Sunday afternoon Play Reading of the new decade. We start 2020 by reading Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.

Sunday 12 January : 2.00pm
Admission Free
Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard
Saturday 25 January : 2.30pm
Saturday 25 January : 7.30pm
Tickets : £13.50
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Sunday Afternoon Play Reading
Sunday 9 February : 2.00pm
Admission Free
The Play Title will be published presently
Sunday Afternoon Play Reading
Sunday 8 March : 2.00pm
Admission Free

We are incredibly grateful to the Swallow Theatre Association for a very generous donation to support the remaining events at the theatre during 2019.  The Swallow Theatre Association is an independent charity which operated the theatre prior to the venue’s change in ownership.  The Association is currently in the process of winding-up now that the transfer to the new owners is complete.  We should like to express our sincere gratitude to all the members of the Association and the current and former officers of the committee for all their support and dedication to the venue over the years.

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The Swallow Theatre is a 50-seat venue in rural Dumfries and Galloway, and is located about three miles from Whithorn (Scotland’s earliest Christian settlement and one of its very oldest towns) and ten miles from Wigtown (Scotland’s book town).

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The Swallow Theatre Association, is a registered charity which has been affiliated to the theatre since 1997 and supports events that would not be viable in such a small rural venue.

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For creative companies and individuals who want to get away from it all and have focussed production development or rehearsal time. We can offer packages that include the use of the theatre, refreshment room (The Sumner Room) and the on-site self catering accommodation.

We can also offer production services including lighting design, sound design and photography.

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The Swallow Theatre and the refreshment room are both available for hire at very reasonable prices.

The Theatre can be hired for small conferences (up to 50 people), talks, presentations, classes, rehearsals and performances.

The refreshment room (The Sumner Room) can be hired for meetings and classes.

If you think the venue might be suitable for something you are considering, please talk to us.