Count­down has started to the­atre’s reopen­ing panto

Strathearn Herald - - THE TICKET -

The count­down is on to the reopen­ing of Perth’s re­stored the­atre.

On Mon­day, Gwilym Gib­bons, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Horsecross Arts, Perth The­atre artis­tic di­rec­tor, Lu Kemp, coun­cil leader Ian Camp­bell from project part­ners Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, plus other part­ners and sup­port­ers, pressed the but­ton to launch the 75-day count­down to the first per­for­mance of Aladdin.

The count­down is be­ing pro­jected onto Perth The­atre’s Mill Street façade and will be vis­i­ble af­ter dark un­til the run of Aladdin starts on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9.

The £16.6m trans­for­ma­tion of Perth’s his­toric the­atre is near­ing com­ple­tion with the box of­fice, café and bar in the re­stored and re­de­vel­oped venue due to re­open on Mon­day, Novem­ber 13.

From that date, in the run up to panto time, there will be a se­ries of op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers of the pub­lic to test the re­stored and re­de­vel­oped the­atre, peek back­stage, ex­plore the build­ing and check out the per­for­mance spa­ces.

Gwilym Gib­bons said: “It is in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing to reach this stage in the trans­for­ma­tion process.”

Coun­cil­lor Ian Camp­bell said: “It is an ex­cit­ing time for Perth as so many ma­jor projects are pro­gress­ing at dif­fer­ent stages, and they all will pro­vide a ma­jor boost to the city. With the reopen­ing of the the­atre and the first pro­duc­tion get­ting ready for an au­di­ence, it’s a wel­come step for­ward. Over the next few years we will see a num­ber of pos­i­tive changes hap­pen­ing across the city cen­tre, and I think it is fit­ting that the first project to reach com­ple­tion and kick things off is the ren­o­va­tion of one of Perth’s most iconic build­ings.”

Lucy Ca­sot, head of the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund in Scot­land, added: “Perth The­atre plays a hugely im­por­tant role in the life of the lo­cal com­mu­nity so it will be won­der­ful to see its doors open again, wel­com­ing visi­tors of all ages to the panto.”

Trans­form From the left, Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor Ian Camp­bell, Lu Kemp, artis­tic di­rec­tor, and Gwilym Gib­bons, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Horsecross Arts

Per­for­mance A con­cert by the Tim Kli­phuis Trio marked Strathearn Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s 10th an­niver­sary

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