Curtain raised on theatre after £16.6m revamp
THE curtain has been raised on Perth Theatre after a £16.6 million makeover.
The venue was hailed “an extraordinary building” as it opened its doors to the public for the first time in nearly four years. Theatre bosses welcomed the first wave of curious customers through the new Mill Street entrance.
Visitors are being invited to view the new box office, cafe, bar and shop, with tours planned of the Edwardian auditorium, which has been restored to its former glory.
The 500-seat hall will relaunch officially next month with this year’s pantomime, Aladdin.
A new 200-capacity studio theatre, named after director Joan Knight, has also been built, as well as community rooms for youth theatre groups.
Gwilym Gibbons, chief executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind the theatre and Perth Concert Hall, said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment.
“The Perth Theatre transformation has secured the future of one of Scotland’s most historic and culturally significant landmarks for many generations to enjoy.
“I think it’s an extraordinary building. It feels like a very friendly space, and that’s exactly what we wanted.”
Aladdin begins its run on Saturday December 9.