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Richard Murphy reveals Perth theatre overhaul plans

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Edinburgh-based Richard Murphy Architects has submitted plans to overhaul the 1900 Perth theatre, Scotland

The practice plans ‘to rejuvinate the arts scene’ in Perth by making its opening up the town’s existing theatre.

The project aims to enhance the current Edwardian auditorium, in the town centre. The theatre is category ‘B’ listed, dating back to 1900, and the history of theatre in Perth, way back to 1589.

The scheme will create a new triple-height foyer to the east of the building replacing a number of recent additions. This will link all of the existing and new facilities, including the bar, restaurant, box office and other social facilities.

There are also plans for a 250 capacity new studio theatre, with flat floor space and retractable seating. The exterior will be made of metal and glass to provide a reflective element.

The drastic facelift aims to play a part in larger ambitions to increase the accessibility of theatre in the 21st century.

The planning application was submitted in May.

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