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RMJM has finally won planning permission for this contentious scheme on the site of Scotland's oldest working playhouse. The historic Theatre Royal in Dumfries, which dates back to 1792 and has links with Robert Burns and J M Barrie, is to be bulldozed to make way for a new £7 million theatre building. Local councillors had turned down a multimillion-pound proposal to rebuild the auditorium behind the existing facade. The new facility will house a 300-seat theatre, a 100-seat studio space, a youth media centre, a bar and a restaurant. Clad in coloured steel, the exterior will also be etched with poems and texts, which will be backlit at night.

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