History

Welcome to Dumbarton People’s Theatre. We are an Amateur Dramatic Society based in Dumbarton, Scotland. Dumbarton lies 10 minutes from Loch Lomond, 30 minutes from Glasgow and we have been staging shows here since 1945. We produce four full-length productions a year in the town’s Denny Civic Theatre ranging from pantomime and farce to murder mystery and serious drama. Our audiences and membership span the generations so there really is something for everyone.

History – Dumbarton People’s Theatre was founded in 1945 as a successor to the Scottish People’s Theatre. The original company had its own little theatre before World War II and D.P.T. grew literally from the ashes of the old theatre which was bombed during the Clydebank Blitz.

The new company had several homes, starting in the town’s Burgh Hall. In 1960 the old Boy Scout’s hall in Glasgow Road was acquired and converted into a theatre. The Denny Bequest, left by the firm of William Denny, the famous shipbuilders of the town, made funds available to provide a purpose built theatre to serve the community. In 1969 the Denny Civic Theatre opened and productions have been staged there ever since.

The premises in Glasgow Road were subsequently demolished and a new rehearsal studio, workshop and store built in its place. Rehearsals still take place there as well as club nights and social events.