Perth Theatre reopens after £16.6m transformation

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Submitted by pdochard@horsec... on Tue, 2017-11-14 14:10

Perth Theatre reopened its doors to the public on Monday 13 November after its £16.6m transformation.

The Box Office and Perth Theatre Café and Bar welcomed the first curious customers through the new Mill Street entrance from 9am. The Perth Theatre Café and Theatre Bar will now be open from 9am to 7pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Box Office is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.    

Everyone is invited to come and check out the transformed venue on Saturday 18 November, when Perth Theatre will be holding an Open House from 12pm to 5pm.

There will be opportunities to explore the theatre’s history as well as the new and restored spaces with Sound Tours around the theatre. There will be storytelling for families in the community room, a pop-up shop, selfie station, a giant visitor book for all to sign, plus entertainment from the Horsecross Glee choir. A 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks starts on Monday 13 November and runs up to and including the Open House on Saturday 18 November.   

Gwilym Gibbons, chief executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth 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. We are immensely proud of the achievement. I would like to thank everyone involved in the process – our partners at Perth & Kinross Council, funders the Gannochy Trust, Creative Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other trusts, foundations and individuals, as well as our architects, suppliers and contractors and all who have worked on this amazing building. I would like to thank our staff for their hard work and commitment over the many years of the project and I know that I speak for all of us when I say how much we are all looking forward to giving the theatre back to its real owners – the people of Perth!”

Lu Kemp, artistic director for Perth Theatre said:

“Perth Theatre used to be called the People’s Theatre Perth - we’ve redeveloped and restored it, we need local people to reinhabit it and to bring it back to life!  We look forward to welcoming everybody and hope they will help return this extraordinary building to its former glory – a busy, warm place used and enjoyed by everyone.”

The first production in the restored Edwardian auditorium is Perth Theatre’s homecoming pantomime Aladdin from Saturday 9 December until Saturday 6 January. For info about Perth Theatre’s reopening programme click here or call Box Office on 01738 621031.