Perth Theatre

Perth, UK

The Transform Perth Theatre project involved repairing and restoring one of Scotland's best-loved repertory theatres. The result is a model of performance space restoration.

The upper seating balcony had been taken out of use for the audience in the 1960s, and boarded up to provide office space: this balcony was brought back into use for audience seating. Image: Keith Hunter

Perth Theatre is one of Scotland’s oldest and best-loved repertory theatres. The current Grade B listed building was constructed in 1900 but it is part of a much longer history of theatre in Perth dating back to 1589. It is run as a producing theatre by Horsecross Arts, who also operate Perth Concert Hall.

The Transform Perth Theatre project involved repairing and restoring the Edwardian theatre, improving the legibility of access into and through the building, making improvements to seating and replacing redundant technical infrastructure and equipment.

“...undoubtedly secured the future of Perth Theatre for the next century and revitalised a real cultural and creative asset for the city of Perth.”

Architects' Journal

Exterior of Perth Theatre. Image: Keith hunter

The new foyer space. Image: Keith Hunter.

The auditorium. Image: Keith Hunter.

From the stage. Image: Keith Hunter.

The upper seating balcony had been taken out of use for the audience in the 1960s, and boarded up to provide office space: this balcony was brought back into use for audience seating. Technical rigging positions were improved, providing flexible positions around the proscenium boxes and at the rear of the auditorium.

The counterweight flying system was refurbished and fitted with an overhaul winch. Motor hoists were added for the auditorium chandelier, the pelmet, and an upstage bar which had previously been a hemp set. New dimmers were installed in a new dimmer room - resulting in a much-reduced cable run than the previous location at the rear of the auditorium. The lighting controls, paging system, stagelighting and audiovisual tielines were all replaced; along with most other mechanical and electrical systems in the building.

A new studio theatre with retractable seating and a capacity of 200 has been added in a new adjacent building at first-floor level. Image: Keith Hunter.

A new studio theatre with retractable seating and a capacity of 200 has been added in a new adjacent building at first-floor level. Image: Keith Hunter.

A new studio theatre with retractable seating and a capacity of 200 has been added in a new adjacent building at first-floor level. Image: Keith Hunter.

A new studio theatre with retractable seating and a capacity of 200 has been added in a new adjacent building at first-floor level, with a Serapid-driven getin lift; and a new Community Room supports the lively youth and creative learning programme.

Project Details

Client

Perth & Kinross Council

Project cost

£14m

Completed

2017

The auditorium's balcony seating. Image: Keith Hunter.

Credits

Conservation consultant

Simpson and Brown

Engineers

Arup

M&E Engineers

Buro Happold

Quantity Surveyor

Robertson Construction Group Ltd/Red Skye Consulting

Alex Wardle

Would you like to know more about Perth Theatre? Speak to Alex.

+44 (0)20 7928 0000

Alex Wardle

Would you like to know more about Perth Theatre? Speak to Alex.

Contact Alex

+44 (0)20 7928 0000