Tayside and Central Scotland

Perth Theatre to close for £15m revamp

An artist's impression of how the theatre will look
Image caption The theatre will have a new entranceway once the makeover is complete

A theatre regarded as one of Scotland's finest is closing for a £15m makeover.

The curtain will come down at Perth Theatre for up to three years when this season's panto ends on Saturday night.

The theatre, which opened in 1900, is regarded as a fine example of late Victorian design.

It was home to Scotland's first repertory company, which was founded in 1935. Actors including Alec Guinness, Donald Sutherland and Ewan MacGregor have appeared there.

About £15m is to be spent on upgrading the building in a project which will take between two and three years to complete.

The period features of the B-listed Edwardian auditorium will be restored and access improved throughout the building.

A new studio theatre and entranceway will also be created.

Horsecross Arts, which runs the theatre, has said the work will help enhance the city's cultural reputation.

Funding has come from a number of sources, including Creative Scotland, the Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other trusts, foundations and individual donors.

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