Cur­tain raised on the­atre af­ter £16.6m re­vamp

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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.

Fin­dowrie Street.

Perth The­atre

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