A community theatre in the heart of Lerwick

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.


Shetland Arts have taken the decision to close their venues temporarily in the light of the latest government advice to limit non-essential travel and contact as part of the international effort to reduce the spread of Corvid-19. Mareel, Bonhoga Gallery, Garrison Theatre and the ShetlandMade retail outlet will not be opening this week and will remain closed until further notice. Staff are being supported to work from home where possible and will continue to work on ensuring access to the arts in Shetland during this time and in the future.

Shetland Arts Chief Executive, Graeme Howell, said “This decision was not taken lightly, but for the welfare of our staff, customers and all of Shetland we need to follow public health advice and reduce pressure on essential services.

We hope to see you again soon, in the meantime we recognize the importance of the arts to health and wellbeing. We are exploring new ways of sharing our work online and are busy updating the website, YouTube channel and social media with even more great arts content to enable folk across Shetland to continue to access the arts from their own homes.”

Any customers with tickets booked for films or events until 2nd of April will receive a refund, if you booked without an account but paid by card you will also receive a refund, if you paid by cash please get in touch with us on info@shetlandarts.org with your order number which is printed on the ticket.

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.

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.

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.


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