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14 December 2021

Dundee Repertory Theatre proposed for listing

Award-winning Dundee theatre is being considered for its special architectural and historic interest

Dundee Rep Theatre

Dundee Repertory Theatre could be next in line to be granted A-listed status, as Historic Environment Scotland (HES) proposes to designate the building.

A six-week consultation has been launched today (Tuesday 14 December) to gather views from anybody with an interest in the building before a final decision is made. A category A listing would recognise the outstanding importance of this modern theatre design.

The theatre, which opened in 1982, is considered to be of special interest by HES because of its exceptional architectural design quality, carefully considered plan form and bespoke detailing.

Dundee Rep Theatre is a rare example of a modern purpose-built theatre in Scotland, one of only three major Scottish theatres built during the post-war theatre building boom that swept across Britain from the 1950s to the mid-1980s.

While largely dictated by the restrictions of the small site, the arrangement and geometry of the layout combines the aspirations of new post-war theatres, such as openness and accessibility, with modern design principles. The building received a civic commendation from The Civic Trust Awards in 1984 and was awarded the RIBA Architecture Award in 1986.

Associated with prominent actors and directors including David Tennant, Alan Cumming, Joanna Lumley and Robert Robertson, Dundee Rep is the only theatre in Scotland that is home to a permanent full-time company of actors.

Dara Parsons, Head of Designations at HES, said: “Dundee Repertory Theatre is an award-winning example of modern theatre design in Scotland.

“All aspects of the design and execution were carefully considered to not only create a functional building, but one that is welcoming, contextual and highly innovative.

As well as its architectural interest, the listing would also recognise historic interest. Theatres such as Dundee Rep are an important part of our cultural heritage and have made a significant contribution to the social and economic development of towns and cities across Scotland during the 20th century."

“As part of the listing process we are keen to engage with communities and stakeholders. During our six-week consultation, we hope that people will take the opportunity to share their views on our proposal to list Dundee Rep.”

Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director & Joint CEO Andrew Panton and Liam Sinclair, Executive Director & Joint CEO said: "We are thrilled to hear that our unique and much-loved building is being considered in this way for its special architectural and historical significance. We are very proud that over the course of eight decades, Dundee Rep Theatre has been at the heart of the community here in Dundee, and for the last forty years our building on Tay Square has been instrumental to that success; becoming an important hub for engagement in the city, welcoming audiences from all over the world and housing our two award-winning dance and theatre ensembles."

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997. More information about listing can be found on our website.

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