The Theatre Royal in Waterford, one of the oldest theatres in the country, is to reopen after a major facelift.

The Waterford Theatre Royal first opened in 1785, received an upgrade in 1876 and over the past three years has undergone further renovations. Its fame includes the works of the great Waterford composer William Vincent Wallace.

Long regarded by many as one of the premier musical and theatrical venues in the country.

Modern touches now blend with the unique Victorian style of the original auditorium. Chairman of the Theatre Royal Larry Fanning outlines the renovations that have taken place. A brilliant new wing reflects another architectural gem, the former Bishop's Palace. 

The opening of the new theatre also marks the start of the 40th Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 September 1998. The reporter is Damien Tiernan.