Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre are serving up a tasty selection of shows and events this season including a Pasta and Prosecco option to go with studio play The Signalman! Inspired by the true story of the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, the Perth Theatre production of The Signalman stars local actor Tom McGovern and is directed by Ken Alexander.

Perth Theatre’s spring offering opens with the Scottish exclusive run of The Original Theatre Company’s bold and haunting new production The Croft based on the true story of two women cut off from the world in a remote Scottish croft. Lu Kemp directs Perth Theatre’s production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest* and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Derby Theatre present Shakespeare’s spookiest thriller, and ever popular Scottish play, Macbeth.

Other theatre highlights include a guid old hen night in Girls' Night OOT! Scottish Ensemble & Untitled Projects and Perth Theatre collaborate for We Are In Time, the extraordinary story of a transplanted heart told through song, words and music.

Heroine follows the journey of a female soldier through trauma to healing and forgiveness. Thick Skin, Elastic Heart is a collection of monologues and group poems giving voice to a generation, often referred to in mass media as ineffectual, lazy, oversensitive “snow-flakes”.

For the little ones, Cloud Man in Perth Theatre introduces young people aged 4 to 7 to the charming puppet world of Claude, who has always dreamt of seeing a Cloud Man, an extremely rare creature who lives a quiet life high up in the sky.  

Perth Concert Hall’s classical season opens with a flourish as Royal Scottish National Orchestra waltzes audiences into the New Year with a Viennese Gala. Charismatic young guitarist Miloš Karadaglić shows how this most versatile of instruments is just as at home playing Bach as it is The Beatles. Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s fun-packed music and storytelling experience Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space is the perfect introduction to classical music for young people aged 4 – 10.

Soup and a sandwich are on the menu in Perth Concert Hall to accompany the new series of Lunchtime Concerts which includes performances by Dunedin Consort, Scottish Ensemble, local singer Liam Bonthrone, dynamic young Trio Doyenne and more.

Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne join up in a Scottish exclusive to play popular piano duets as part of the Perth Piano Sundays series. Yulianna Avdeeva presents a feast of romantic music and versatile performer Joanna MacGregor plays Schubert’s last piano sonata and other romantic works.

Perth Concert Series continues with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra introducing the work of Hungarian composer Erno von Dohnányi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays two mighty Beethoven symphonies – No 6 Pastoral and No 7, made famous in film The King’s Speech.

Russian State Opera presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – heart-rending melodies in this vibrant and most tragic of operas. And, continuing the Russian theme, Siberian Symphony Orchestra plays Russian Romantic Masterpieces including Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

John Suchet from Classic FM hosts the definitive countdown of the UK’s favourite classical music in Classic FM Hall of Fame with Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

There is music for all tastes in Perth Concert Hall, kicking off with the spectacular Bowie Experience, celebrating the multi-faceted sound and vision of David Bowie. Midge Ure plays his iconic Vienna album live in full for the first time alongside songs from Visage. Rock fans and theatre lovers will enjoy the bizarre and beautiful Circus of Horrors and Steve Steinman drives his Vampires Rock: Ghost Train into Perth Concert Hall for a night of rock anthems. King Creosote and his 9-piece band play a live accompaniment to the film From Scotland with Love. In their only show outside of Ireland, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady reconvene with fellow folk legends to celebrate and perform, in full, their eponymous album**. Yorkston Thorne Khan combine the considerable talents of songwriter and musician James Yorkston, jazz musician Jon Thorne and sarangi player and vocalist Suhail Yusuf Khan. Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever and many more familiar names from the Scots trad scene combine for Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to celebrated book The Lost Words.

With fiery Celtic music at its core, Canadian band Còig brings infections energy to Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studio. Perth’s The New Madrids bring their unique Americana influenced sound to the intimate space. Blue Rose Code is joined by the 2017 Southern Fried Voices choir and Perth’s own Katie Whittaker for a special show in the Perth Theatre auditorium.

Laughter comes courtesy of Songs and Stories from celebrated comedian, singer and impressionist Rob Brydon in Perth Concert Hall, and the outrageously camp Julian Clary in Born to Mince. Arabella Weir asks Does My Mum Loom Big In This? in Perth Theatre.

Scottish Dance Theatre presents Joan Clevillé’s powerful dance, theatre and storytelling work Antigone, Interrupted in Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studio, And, for Strictly fans, Brendan Cole is back with his Showman tour, and Aljaž and Janette present brand new show Remembering the Oscars in Perth Concert Hall.

And there’s an appetising mix of films, contemporary art, Perth Concert Hall’s first ever Wedding Fayre, two exclusive talks based around Perth Theatres historic costume collection and, of course, a tasty selection of lunches, snacks and pre-show meals in the venue’s busy cafés!

*sponsored by Bright Spirits with match-funding from Culture & Business Fund

**sponsored by Drygate Brewing Co.

Thursday 19 December 2019