Formerly Dunedin Operatic Society
To date Musical Theatre Dunedin has staged 46 Theatre Restaurants, the first Theatre Restaurant was staged during Dunedin’s 1989 Festival Week, in the Octagon Senior Citizen’s rooms. In response to public demand they are now staged, between major shows, in Musical Theatre Dunedin’s premises in South Dunedin. These productions provide excellent grounding for new performers, alongside experienced members.
In earlier days Musical Theatre Dunedin rehearsed in various locations and eventually purchased an old house in Bombay Street. After the successful productions of South Pacific and Oklahoma! in 1963, Musical Theatre Dunedin was able to build its present hall in Sullivan Avenue. Later its adjacent car parking area was adapted for large scene storage, a workshop, and wardrobe extensions. In 2004 the purchase of two houses in Glasgow Street, next to the rooms, was made, giving Musical Theatre Dunedin the opportunity to extend its rooms at some stage in the future.
In 2009 Musical Theatre Dunedin celebrated 80 years of Musical Theatre.
Musical Theatre Dunedin changed its name from Dunedin Operatic at its A.G.M in May 2010.