Since the 1890’s The Whitehall theatre has been entertaining the people of Dundee. It’s staged variety, pantomime, music, comedy and drama performances from well-known celebrities as well as enthusiastic amateur production groups. The Whitehall Theatre Trust commissioned the project to ensure the theatre continued to thrive, both economically and as a respected civic presence within the city of Dundee.
The Theatre’s front of house was rejuvenated thanks to a complete refurbishment. The existing, tired foyer space was given a new lease of life by the creation of a dedicated merchandising/ticket selling area, a key aspect of any modern Theatre.
The cafe has been transformed to become ‘Pennycooks Theatre Bar’ – a living tribute to the Pennycook family, who were instrumental in the success of the theatre. An existing masonry wall was removed to allow a thoroughfare between the foyer and bar area. This created a more open-plan feel and was key for both economic and aesthetic reasons. Since completion, reports from the client have indicated that the refurbishment of the Theatre has been a huge success both commercially and for visiting patrons.