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Designs unveiled for Perth Theatre’s £16.6m revamp

The planned new entrance to Perth Theatre The planned new entrance to Perth Theatre
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Perth Theatre has released images of how it will look once a £16.6 million redevelopment is completed.

When finished, the venue, run by Horsecross Arts, will include a new 200-seat studio.

The refurbishment programme will also see the B-listed auditorium of the 115-year-old theatre restored.

Outline planning approval was granted in 2013 and the theatre has been dark since 2014.

The images have been released as detailed plans for the project were submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.

New 200-seat studio at Perth Theatre
New 200-seat studio at Perth Theatre

Work on the project had been expected to start last summer. However, in April a review by Horsecross’s new chief executive Gwilym Gibbons found that an extra £1.5 million would be required for the project after the designs were amended.

According to a statement from Gibbons, the project embraces “the best of the new whilst retaining all that is great about our historic venue”.

The redeveloped theatre will have a new ground floor bar
The redeveloped theatre will have a new ground floor bar

He said: “The Edwardian auditorium will be restored to its former glory and the iconic High Street entrance will be retained within a redeveloped, fully accessible building with welcoming public spaces, dedicated community areas and a flexible studio theatre.”

Plans for upstairs public space
Plans for upstairs public space

Gibbons said that he hoped the planning application would go through “smoothly” so that the venue “can move forward in earnest with the project”.

Work is expected to start on site this year, with reopening of the theatre now set for late 2017. £15.1 million of the project costs have been pledged by public bodies, individual supporters, trusts and foundations. Horsecross is fundraising now for the remaining £1.5 million.

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