• Posted on 22nd September 2013

  • Perth City's Cultural Heartbeat
  • I've been moving house this weekend and as exciting as this is it did mean that I missed the opening night of the Autumn Season at Perth Theatre.  Macbeth - or The Scottish Play as they say in the theatre - is leading this year's programme of amazing productions and I, for one, cannot wait to see it.  It got me thinking that a news piece on what was 

    One of the highlights of visiting Perthshire has to be the fantastic combination of Concert Hall and Theatre that Horse Cross brings to the heart of Perth.  Built in 2005, Perth Concert Hall is Scotland's newest concert hall and brought a new dimension to the arts in Perth. Built as a millennium project, it has a dazzling glass-fronted foyer and copper-topped dome hall with a stunning auditorium and elegant studio. They have a busy year-round programme of concerts, comedy, dance, musicals, contemporary art, film, talks and arts workshops.

    At the opposite end of the arts comes tradition and Perth Theatre is one of Scotland's oldest and most respected. It has a charming Edwardian 460 seat auditorium where it presents a year round programme of classic and popular drama, new writing, unique Perth productions and touring shows. Throw in a spattering of music, comedy and dance and you will understand why this 100 year old venue still continues to shine.

    The ethos of “arts for all” shines through in their new September to December programme which is packed with music, drama, comedy, musicals and events. There is also a new season of Join In activities for the whole family.   

    Kicking off in style, its hit West End musical Soul Sister in Perth Concert Hall.  From the same producer who brought Blood Brothers and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to delighted audiences, Soul Sister is inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner and features all the classic Tina Turner hits.

    The drama commences in Perth Theatre with William Shakespeare’s shortest and most brutal tragedy of superstition and vaulting ambition, Macbeth directed by Horsecross Arts CATS Award-winning creative director for theatre, Rachel O’Riordan.  On a lighter note, though still with plenty of ghoulish antics, Johnny McKnight directs Noël Coward’s supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit. Visiting theatre productions include Johnny McKnight’s The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam and outrageous new girls’ night out show 51 Shades of Maggie.

    Classical music fans are well catered for with the new series of Lunchtime Concerts, a regular opportunity to take a musical break in the middle of a busy Monday.  New for this season, Perth Piano Sundays see some of the world’s best players visit Perth for an exceptional series of piano concerts on a Sunday afternoon.  Patricia Routledge is joined by international concert pianist Piers Lane in Admission: One Shilling telling the extraordinary story of Myra Hess and her famous wartime National Gallery concerts. Many familiar faces make a welcome return including the Dunedin Consort, La Serenissima, and the Scottish Ensemble.

    There’s plenty of music this season ranging from a night at the musicals with The Three Phantoms to Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall.  Sep:Dec also sees the return of Capercaillie, the Perthshire Amber Festival with Scottish legend Dougie MacLean, The Hollies, The Ladyboys of Bangkok and Vampires Rock.

    Comedy turns include Ed Byrne, Jack Dee, Daniel Sloss and Sean Lock. 

    Su Grierson’s critically acclaimed Intersections exhibition in Perth Concert Hall has been extended until the end of December

    And, as usual, Perth has Christmas all wrapped up with a sparkling seasonal selection including The Singing Kettle, Phil Cunningham, and, of course traditional family fun in Perth Theatre with this year’s most beloved of pantomimes; Cinderella.

    For full details on the new season, pick up a Sep-Dec  2013 brochure from Perth Concert Hall or Perth Theatre, call Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 or visit the all new website at   You’ll probably see the Alexander Residence team at some of these great events, enjoying a glass of wine and a night out on the town! 

    Click through to our website for availability surrouding the shows and events on offer. See you there!

    Happy Autumn & Winter in Perthshire,