New season announced at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater
Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater have created four different covers for their July to December brochure to highlight the wide range of entertainment they are offering in the upcoming season.
Alan Cumming, Nicola Benedetti, Niteworks and Paulus – representing theatre, classical music, contemporary music and comedy respectively – take turns to cover the new season brochure which also contains sections on events, films , shows for children and families, and workshops and courses.
In another departure for the new brochure, the welcome from Horsecross Arts Managing Director Nick Williams has been translated into Gaelic in honor of the Royal National Mòd Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail which takes place in theaters in Perth in October – the first time the city has hosted the event in 18 years.
Commenting on the new approach to the new six-month programme, Nick Williams said:
“We have such a variety of shows coming up that it just didn’t seem right to give just one act the cover spot. Global acting sensation Alan Cumming, who stars in the National Theater Scotland’s production of Burn, is the perfect choice to represent our exciting and varied theater season; our classical audiences will love knowing that Nicola Benedetti is back at the Perth Concert Hall with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of our busy classical programme; electronica band Niteworks reflects our interesting and eclectic musical offering and our high-profile television personality.-set comedian Paulus, who performs Looking For Me Friend, The Music of Victoria Wood is the face of another great comedy line-up.”
Once again the theater program features stars from the Scottish stage and beyond in a combination of visiting shows and house productions. World-renowned Scottish actor and author Alan Cumming challenges the ‘cookie tin’ image of Rabbie Burns in his brand new play Burn; The Citizen’s Theater Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is full of slapstick humor and feel-good fun, and the non-PC, crude, rhyming cut of Liz Lochhead’s Molière’s Tartuffe moves the French classic to a Scottish drawing room from the 1960s. 1940. Don and his nephew Sandy embarked on an unlikely road trip to conquer Clackmannanshire at the Perth Theater and Dundee Rep’s wild new comedy DON QUIXOTE – The Man From Clackmannanshire; there’s a rare opportunity to see legendary West End musical Blood Brothers in Perth and the town’s beloved panto Jack And The Beanstalk is this year’s family festive treat.
From lavish operas to rousing orchestral concerts, intimate piano recitals and emerging artists, the Classical season offers an engaging mix of new gems and familiar favourites. Highlights include the operas Le Mariage de Figaro by Opera Bohemia and Thérèse by Massenet by Scottish Opera. A fascinating series of concerts from Perth includes a world premiere of a new work by Sir James MacMillan performed by Nicola Benedetti and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as concerts by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra . A series of famous international pianists make up a sparkling Perth Piano Sundays program and the Lunchtime Concerts series offers the usual tasty selection of small performances.
On a musical note, fans of American roots music can look forward to unique concerts by Southern Fried, Scotland Sings Nanci Griffith performed by a group of top Scottish musicians, and Late & Southern Fried featuring Errol Linton and Katie Whittaker. There are highly anticipated performances from Leo Sayer, Ricky Ross, The Drifters, Jane McDonald and The Proclaimers. Local, Scottish and emerging artists include The African Music Experience with Ccippo, The Shona Choir, Heal & Harrow with Rachel Newton and Lauren McColl, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, Ewan MacFarlane, James Grant and Niteworks. An impressive lineup of tribute shows includes Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael, The Simon and Garfunkel Story, Re-Take That, Manchester sing-off The Complete Stone Roses v. Definitely Oasis and the celebration of Meat Loaf Anything for Love.
Well-known faces on the comedy circuit include Sarah Millican, Jim Smith, Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, Jason Manford and Jerry Sadowitz. Serious comedy fans won’t want to miss MZA’s Comedy Sneak Peeks! ; hilarious previews of the all-star Edinburgh Fringe from a mix of up-and-coming comedians. Longtime Victoria Wood fan Paulus pays a funny and touching tribute to the national treasure in Looking For Me Friend, The Music of Victoria Wood.
Young people from P1 to S6 can explore theater and music with professional artists and musicians at two specially created summer schools and take part in regular weekly workshops in Perth Youth Theater and Glee Singing. Building on the success of Perth Youth Theater’s Chaos production in 2022, S1-6 will once again have the opportunity to perform on the Perth Theater stage.
Much younger audiences can join lovable characters in The Polar Bears Go Go Go!, befriend The Smartest Giant in Town, fly high with Cloudman, and follow a young bird as he learns about the world in the show of magic musical theater BambinO.
The Royal National Mod
Scotland’s first Gaelic festival The Royal National Mòd Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail returns to Perth for the first time in 18 years with a series of music and dance competitions and a series of other performances at the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater . The full program will be announced in July.
The new season brochure is available now at the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre.