The group behind proposals to bring an iconic Dundee theatre back to life is hoping hope to link up with the city’s European Capital of Culture Bid.
Members of the Dundee King’s Theatre Trust want to rejuvenate the former playhouse in Cowgate.
Initial plans would see the derelict theatre transformed into a community-owned venue capable of hosting large performance shows and community activities. In its heyday, it played host to the likes of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and Sir Harry Lauder.
The group is currently seeking the views of the public as part of a feasibility study on what the building’s future role should be. The group has now announced it hopes to link up with the bid and say that the addition of a theatre like the King’s would bolster the city’s chances.
Richard Meiklejohn, convener of the Dundee King’s Theatre Trust, said: “We’re still asking people for their views on the consultation and we’ve had really positive feedback so far on what people want to see and what we could do with the theatre.
“At the moment, we still haven’t had much communication from the liquidators.
“That means we can’t really plan too long-term because there’s no set price been given out by them for an option to buy it so we’re looking at all funding options and we’re submitting a draft proposal for funding to see what we can do.
“We’d love to link up with the Capital of Culture bid. One thing I think is missing from any proposal for Dundee is the option for a significant theatre space like the King’s can offer.”
Bryan Beattie, from the European Capital of Culture bid, said he would be happy to speak to the group about the proposal.
He said: “We’re always looking to work with people and develop ideas that can contribute to the process.
“I suppose the only challenge for a project like that is whether or not it can attract the right type of events to make it sustainable in the long-term — but I don’t want to put a dampener on any ideas that groups can bring to the table.
“It’s all about what we can bring into the city and I am more than open to having discussions about taking it forward.”
The last British city to be European Capital of Culture was Liverpool in 2008.