Dundee Repertory Theatre granted A-listed status

Situated in the city's Tay Square, the building is a rare example of a modern purpose-built theatre in Scotland.

Dundee Repertory Theatre has been granted A-listed status for its special architectural significance, it has been announced.

The theatre, built in 1982 by architects Andrew Nicoll and Ric Russell, has been listed in recognition of its exceptional design quality as well as its contribution to Scottish culture in the late 20th century, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) said.

Actors such as David Tennant, Alan Cumming, and Joanna Lumley have been previously associated with the theatre company. Image: HES.
Actors such as David Tennant, Alan Cumming, and Joanna Lumley have been previously associated with the theatre company. Image: HES.

Situated in the city’s Tay Square, the building is a rare example of a modern purpose-built theatre in Scotland. It is only one of three major Scottish theatres built during the post-war theatre boom that swept across Britain from the 1950s until the early 1980s.

Dundee Rep is also the only theatre in Scotland that is home to a permanent full-time company of actors.

Prominent actors and directors, such as David Tennant, Alan Cumming, Joanna Lumley, and Robert Robertson have been previously associated with the company.

The decision follows a six-week consultation launched in December to gather the views of people with an interest in the building.

The theatre, the construction of which was dictated by the restrictions of the small site, previously received a civic commendation from The Civic Trust Awards in 1984 and was awarded the RIBA Architecture Award in 1986.

Dara Parsons, Head of Designations at HES, said: โ€˜We are delighted to add the Dundee Repertory Theatre to the list of Scotland’s most significant buildings. The building has long been recognised as an exceptional piece of architecture and an important cultural hub.โ€™

While Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director & Joint CEO Andrew Panton and Liam Sinclair, Executive Director & Joint CEO, added: โ€˜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.โ€™

Listing is the way in which 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.

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting, and promoting the country’s historic environment.