A community theatre in the heart of Lerwick.

Opening Hours

Various throughout the year - check out our listings for more information.

The Garrison is open for selected events only. Please check our What's On Listings.

A small traditional proscenium arch theatre, situated in the heart of Lerwick, The Garrison Theatre is open throughout the year, hosting a varied annual programme of community and professional shows, including live theatre, stand up, concerts, pantomime and dance.

Built in 1903/4 and originally called Lerwick Drill Hall and Gymnasium, the building was headquarters of the 7th Volunteer Battalion Gordon Highlanders and used as a drill hall in the 1st World War. It was converted to a theatre by ENSA in 1942 and during the 2nd World War it served as a theatre to entertain the thousands of troops stationed in Shetland, starring big names of the time such as George Formby and Gracie Fields..

The building is owned by Shetland Charitable Trust. Shetland Arts took over the running of the theatre in 2006 and in this small, but versatile space, has hosted a huge variety performances, from guitarist Martin Taylor to comedian Dylan Moran.

Facilities & Accessibility Info

  • Proscenium Arch Theatre
  • Two Dressing Rooms
  • Kitchen Space
  • 280 Seat Auditorium
  • Box Office
  • Kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Full disabled access, including disabled toilet.
  • Unfortunately, the backstage areas of The Garrison are not wheelchair accessible.

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