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RMJM Dumfries theatre plans pulled - image

The plug has been pulled on RMJM's ambitious proposals to replace the historic Theatre Royal in Dumfries.

According to sources close to the project, previously featured in the AJ (AJ 16.02.06), the local council has decided to withdraw its funding for the new £7 million scheme on the site of the existing theatre - Scotland's oldest working playhouse.

The news comes just weeks after the practice won planning permission for the contentious development which would have housed a 300-seat theatre, a youth media centre and a restaurant.

The building was to be clad in coloured steel, etched with poems and texts and backlit at night.

Last week's decision by Dumfries and Galloway Council is the latest in a long line of twists and turns surrounding the development of the theatre, which has links with literary greats Robert Burns and JM Barrie.

Threatened with demolition on a number of occasions, other suggestions for the site included a multimillion-pound proposal to rebuild the auditorium behind the existing 1792 facade - a plan pooh-poohed by local councillors.

by Richard Waite

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