From award-winning productions to family-friendly pantomimes, Dundee’s theatre scene spans all age groups and interests. With state-of-the-art technology, unique theatre ensembles and intimate environments, Dundee is the place to go for quality productions in Scotland.
Theatre in Dundee
Dundee Repertory Theatre
The most experimental of the bunch, Dundee Rep Theatre is leading arts education in the city and is the most awarded theatre in Scotland. A purpose-built space, you’ll find all kinds of performing arts on show here. From plays and dance to music and comedy, no matter what your theatrical tastes, you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.
Dundee Rep has a permanent acting ensemble – something that is truly rare in Scottish theatre. Combined with the dance company that shares the space, this creates a unique dynamic that allows Dundee Rep to be truly experimental with their productions. Although the ensemble cast put on six productions a year – many of which have won awards – Dundee Rep also welcomes international theatre groups to take to the stage across its annual calendar.
Located in Tay Square, Dundee Rep is at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. Although it’s surrounded by fantastic bars and eateries, you can also pick up a bite to eat from the Rep Restaurant, where top-class chefs serve a mixture of classic and contemporary cooking and wonderfully naughty desserts.
Dundee Rep Theatre
Scottish Dance Theatre
Originally a small-scale theatre for films and amateur productions, Whitehall Theatre is now a family-friendly venue that seats 710 people. Famous for its musical extravaganzas and pantomimes, a lot of the productions here are aimed at children, so it’s a great place to go if you’re visiting Dundee with family.
Traditional in style with art deco features, Whitehall Theatre is a bit further out of town than the Dundee Rep, about half a mile from the University of Dundee. There is a bar on-site or you can have a pre-drink at The Tinsmith pub, which is less than a 10-minute walk away.
Opening to the public in 2012 after a comprehensive refurbishment, the Gardyne Theatre is a popular spot in Tayside for theatre lovers and novices alike. Located between Broughty Ferry and the centre of Dundee – in Dundee and Angus College – this theatre is modern, fresh and has great views of the stage.
Fitted with state-of-the-art acoustics and the capability to record in high definition, the curved seating allows the audience to make the most of the technology. Seating up to 400 people, the performances here are varied and unique, which means there is always something interesting going on at the Gardyne.