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King's Theatre, Dundee Dundee

Since the loss of the King’s Theatre, which was converted successively to cinema then bingo and now a nightclub, Dundee has been unable to host mainstage opera.

The King’s Theatre opened in 1909. Although it hosted variety and drama, it was Dundee’s regular home for touring opera even after it was being used as a cinema. As late as 1959, the young Alex Gibson conducted Sadler’s Wells here in a range of operas, and Colin Davis conducted ‘Fidelio’. One of the ‘Opera Scotland’ team remembers seeing his first opera here in 1961, when the Wells brought ‘Barber of Seville’ to the city.

Once again there is a campaign to have this handsome building restored as a main stage theatre – let us hope that this time it is successful.

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