WITH contractors now appointed, work on Perth Theatre's multi-million-pound redevelopment is scheduled to start this summer.

As well as creating a new 225-seat studio theatre, the newly transformed venue, which is due to reopen in 2017, will have increased workshop spaces for creative learning and community projects including Perth Youth Theatre.

The B listed Edwardian auditorium will be restored to its former glory and there will be improved access and facilities for audiences and visitors.

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The redevelopment project has already been pledged £13.5 million from various funding bodies and partners.