Theatres and Halls in Dundee, Scotland
Alhambra Theatre / State Cinema / Whitehall Theatre - Alhambra Music Hall - Dundee Music Hall and Opera House / Excelsior Theatre - Dundee Repertory Theatre - Empire Theatre - Gaiety Theatre / Victoria Hall / Victoria Theatre - Green's Playhouse - Her Majesty's Theatre - Hippodrome Theatre / Princess Theatre / Cinema - Kinnaird Hall / Corn Exhange / Kinnaird Picture House - King's Theatre - Palace Theatre / People's Palace Theatre / Savoy Cinema / Theatre Royal - People's Palace Music Hall / Prince of Wales Theatre - Queen's Theatre - Theatre Royal, Yeaman Shore - Theatre Royal, Castle Street - Tivoli Theatre
During the 19th century Dundee`s linen industries changed over to the new jute industries, making it Britains Juteopolis, joining with shipping and engineering expansion - all of which increased the citys population greatly.
In the 16th and early 17th century the Wedderburns of Dundee were poets, playwrights and reformers one becoming a Protestant Bishop and active in staging plays around the time of Sir David Lyndsay and his famed morality play Ane Satyre of the Three Estaites, first performed in nearby Cupar in 1552.
In later times circuses and entertainers set up their stalls and pavilions, later the Penny Gaffs, for the annual Fair in the Meadows and for months on the streets around Yeaman`s Shore which were later overwhelmed by new docks and railways. Some performers, including Horatio Lloyd in the 1850s, took short leases of temporary premises and later took up permanent buildings. The most notable of these were William McFarland (creating theatres in Dundee and Aberdeen), and whose first major success was staging Little Red Riding Hood in the spacious, wooden, Alhambra; and the Livermore Brothers (originally from Northumberland) whose Minstrel Company toured widely and developed theatres in Dundee, Aberdeen and towns in England. They also ran circuses. Robert Arthur launched his British circuit of theatres from Dundee in the 1890s.
Today the story of theatre in Dundee is typified by William McFarland`s achievements and by two theatres the Kings Theatre which is the largest still remaining but is now a Night Club; and the modern but small auditorium of the Dundee Repertory Theatre.
This Article on Dundee Theatres was written by Graeme Smith and kindly sent in for inclusion on this site by him in February 2013.
Alhambra Theatre / State Cinema / Whitehall Theatre - In Theatrical Use
Alhambra Music Hall - Demolished
Dundee Music Hall and Opera House / Excelsior Theatre - In Theatrical Use
Dundee Repertory Theatre - In Theatrical Use
Empire Theatre - Demolished
Gaiety Theatre / Victoria Hall / Victoria Theatre - Demolished
Green's Playhouse - In Bingo Use
Her Majesty's Theatre - In Bar Use
Hippodrome Theatre / Princess Theatre / Cinema - Demolished
King's Theatre - In Nightclub Use
People's Palace Music Hall / Prince of Wales Theatre - Demolished
Queen's Theatre - Demolished
Theatre Royal, Yeaman Shore - Demolished
Theatre Royal, Castle Street - Part Surviving
Tivoli Theatre - Demolished
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