Perth Theatre and Concert Hall have launched their January to June brochure with a revival of the popular Perth Theatre Season Subscription and a new series of Classical Stars in Perth Concert Hall as part of a packed programme of theatre, classical, music, comedy, dance, film and workshops.
In a nod to the theatre’s illustrious past, and introducing a fresh approach to programming, the Perth Theatre Season Subscription offers loyal theatre fans the opportunity to save money the more shows they book from a selection that includes Perth Theatre’s own production of Educating Rita directed by Martin McCormick, the 70th Anniversary tour of the world’s longest running play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the National Theatre of Scotland’s Kidnapped with music by Isobel McArthur, Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and Runrig inspired musical The Stamping Ground.
Other theatrical highlights include Mairi Campbell’s Auld Lang Syne, the story of her adventures with Scotland’s most famous song, the Byre Theatre and Perth Theatre co-production The Man in the Submarine by St Andrews Playwriting Award winner Laila Noble and National Theatre of Scotland’s Dear Billy, a love letter to the Big Yin.
The members of Perth Youth Theatre will take to the main stage once again in Brainstorm, a unique theatrical investigation into the intricate workings of the teenage mind.
Internationally celebrated stars from the world of classical music who will perform in Perth Concert Hall’s new Classical Stars series include world-leading cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, sparky saxophonist Jess Gillam, brilliant guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and inspirational pianist Paul Lewis.
Scotland’s Maxwell String Quartet, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, BBC Young Musician horn finalist Ben Goldscheider, Britain’s leading clarinettist Michael Collins and exciting French-Korean violinist Irène Duval are just some of the top names lining up for the Lunchtime Concerts Series. Opera lovers can look forward to a performance of Verdi’s Aïda by Ukrainian National Opera, and Scottish Opera present an intimate performance of repertoire favourites and rare gems in their Opera Highlights show.
The far-reaching contemporary music offering opens with a joyful blend of Scottish folk, global roots and reggae from Ashara, with other folk and trad shows to look forward to from Skerryvore, Duncan Chisholm and Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle. Former bandmates and local musicians will unite for Different Lonesome, an emotional tribute to much-missed Perthshire musician Gavin Munro.
Americana music fans will welcome the return of Southern Fried favourite and electrifying live performer Rhiannon Giddons, Mike & The Mechanics play all their hits and some classic Genesis in Refueled! All The Hits & A Drop Of Genesis, while the Tubular Bells Celebration Band will perform the original ground-breaking Mike Oldfield album in full along with other favourites. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are joined by special guest Georgia Cécile, and Helena Kay’s KIM Trio return for an intimate studio gig of original compositions. Death-dropping divas will serve up a sequin-clad pop party in QUEENZ: The Show With BALLS!
Top tributes taking to the Perth Concert Hall stage include Shona McVey as Cher, Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock – Ghost Train, , Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook, Ben Portsmouth This is Elvis and A Manchester Derby: The Complete Stone Roses v. Definitely Oasis.
“Alive by popular demand”, Janey Godley kicks off the comedy offering with her Not Dead Yet show, while Jack Dee, Rory Bremner, Pippa Evans, Miles Jupp and Marcus Brigstocke visit with BBC Radio’s award-winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Edinburgh Fringe favourite Susie McCabe brings a barn storming evening of razor-sharp punchlines in Femme Fatality.
Dancing stars Nadiya and Kai deliver an evening of Strictly magic in their stunning new dance show; Once Upon A Time.
Regular workshops and classes Perth Youth Theatre, Glee, Let’s Dance, Dance for Parkinson’s and the newly renamed Perth Concert Hall Voices will brighten up winter days and evenings for a host of young people and adult participants.
Launching the new-look January to June brochure, Nick Williams, Chief Executive of Perth Theatre and Concert Hall said:
“In the difficult times that we are all facing, we are grateful to everyone who buys a ticket for a theatre show, comes along to a music gig, takes part in one of our workshops or supports friends and family on our stages. The pandemic years reminded us of the unique and important impact that live performance has on people’s lives. The performing arts bring wide-ranging benefits in terms of creating life affirming, shared experiences that ignite the imagination and improve wellbeing.
With our new Theatre Season Subscription, we have responded to audience demand for a new approach to programming, providing a value for money option that rewards loyal theatregoers. Our programmers work tirelessly across the board to curate Perth exclusives and bring popular touring shows to our city. Our reach extends beyond what we stage in our venues to inspire and connect people across a range of ages and backgrounds, using the positive powers of participation and performance to bring people together through the arts.
With a recent economic impact report showing that Perth Theatre and Concert Hall directly contributed £13.4 million to the Scottish economy between October 2021 and 2022, despite further COVID-related closures and cancellations, the vital role we play in the city of Perth and beyond is more evident than ever.”
The new Perth Theatre and Concert Hall brochure is available to pick up in both venues and all shows are now on sale here. For tickets and info visit the website or call Perth Theatre Box Office on 1738 621031 or visit in person between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.