Pitlochry Theatre bucks the downturn with expansion bid
October 28 2020
Pitlochry Festival Theatre is bucking the trend with plans to create a second performance space and expanded front of house area even as other theatres close.
Susie Bridges Architects have drawn up plans to add an accessible 175-seat studio to host in-house and touring productions in a sign of confidence in the future.
Colin Liddell, chair of Pitlochry Festival Theatre said: “Whilst Covid-19 is a major challenge for everyone involved in theatre, it provides an unexpected opportunity for us to accelerate our redevelopment plans so that the theatre becomes a beacon of hope and provides a symbolic vision of what culture can provide in a post-Covid world."
Executive director Kris Bryce added: "By investing in this work, at a time when theatres have been forced to close, we’re sending a clear message that we believe in the future of our Theatre, of the region, and the jobs which we support.”
The project costs are being met by the the Dunard Fund and Gannochy Trust as part of the theatre's match-funding of a £10m capital grant awarded by the Tay Cities Deal.
Plans have now been lodged with Perth & Kinross Council with the new theatre expected to open its doors in May 2021.
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