Up to 4000 people from local groups could enjoy free tickets to a range of theatre events thanks to a new sponsorship agreement between Horsecross Arts and Stagecoach.

The four-year sponsorship deal will see Stagecoach providing funding to offer up to 1000 complimentary tickets a year for Perth Theatre productions to young and disadvantaged people.

A group of children from the City of Perth Early Childhood Centre enjoyed a performance of The Polar Bears Go Up! in Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studio as part of the sponsorship.   

Mike Griffiths, interim chief executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:

“We are delighted to be working with a local business to give people who may not normally come to Perth Theatre the chance to see where the magic happens. It is particularly lovely to welcome a group of children to the theatre at this special time of year and we hope that they have enjoyed the experience as much as we have enjoyed having them along. As a charity it's hugely important to have the support of local businesses and this sponsorship highlights the positive impact we can achieve through collaborative working. I would encourage any local businesses who may be interested in sponsoring our charitable activities to get in touch and see how they can make a difference.”

Lindsay Reid Senior Group Communications Manager at Stagecoach said:

“Like our bus services, Perth Theatre is an important part of the local community and we’re pleased to be able to support Horsecross Arts in helping inspire and educate local school pupils through these free tickets to their fantastic theatre performances.”

Anyone who works with local groups for deprived or isolated young people or NEET groups which may benefit from free tickets to events in Perth Theatre can contact the Horsecross Arts Creative Learning team creativelearning@horsecross.co.uk for further info.