Providing for another century of creativity

Opened in 1901, Perth Theatre is one of Scotland's oldest and most historic repertory theatres. It includes a historic Edwardian auditorium with beautiful period features.  

The building had a complex layout that was difficult for theatre-goers to access and move around in, and also required additional modern facilities.

The historic spaces will be restored to their original splendour and the venue as a whole will be redeveloped.           

Robertson Tayside has demolished a three-storey extension, originally completed in 1985, to make way for a new triple-height space including an accessible foyer, bar, restaurant and 200-capacity studio theatre, which will be used for small to mid-scale music and drama performances.

The demolition debris was used as infill for the foundations, while the skeleton of new building will be put in place using a 230 foot crane over a 6-month period.

Robertson Specialist Division will apply external wall insulation to the old building to bring it up to modern standards, and finish it with specialist render. The external facade will be brought flush with the new building, which will also be finished using the same specialist render.

The B-listed, Edwardian auditorium will be restored to its former glory. All original features such as the mouldings, plasterwork, and the upper circle seating (often referred to as ‘the gods') will be reinstated. An orchestra area will be introduced, and sightlines, lighting and ventilation will be improved.

Cultural, social and educational benefits

The theatre's restoration and redevelopment will provide cultural, social, educational and economic benefits to both the Perth area and Scotland.

The new facilities will provide new community and creative learning spaces, including a home for Perth Youth Theatre. It will also improve accessibility throughout the building, including providing level access for the first time with a lift to all other levels.

Artefacts discovered during the project, such as ticket stubs from 1912, will go on show after construction is completed, as part of a collection of historic memorabilia co-ordinated by the theatre’s Memory Collective team.

The theatre is due to reopen in late 2017.

 

 

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