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At last! You can visit us for live and in-person shows Summer 2021!

A wide-ranging Summer Programme running in repertory
29 May – 18 September 2021

We’re so excited to welcome audiences again, to an outdoor Summer Season – of stage premieres, concerts, adaptations and family entertainment – a programme we can be confident is safe and enjoyable for all audiences.

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NEW Amphitheatre and Bandstand
Thanks to swift support from a generous donor, we are very excited to unveil your open-air Amphitheatre in the Explorers’ Garden with views out across Pitlochry to Ben Vrackie, and a brand-new Bandstand and Theatre-ship on the front lawn where you can relax beside the glorious River Tummel.

What better way to celebrate a release from lockdown than to revel in the stunning, dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire?

All shows for Summer 2021 will take place outdoors as our commitment to safety first.

Programme Overview

Adventures with the Painted People (opening 10 June – 4 July)
The long-awaited staging of David Greig’s new play, which received great acclaim on its BBC Radio 3 airing. A compelling new drama about love and culture, set on the River Tay, 2000 years ago, as a Roman poet and a Pictish witch escape together down-river.

Musicals and Opera Concerts (various dates June – September)
The new Season will also celebrate live music by hosting a series of special events in the Riverside Bandstand, featured in An Evening/Afternoon of the Greatest Musicals, An Evening/Afternoon at the Italian Opera, An Evening/Afternoon Celebrating Mozart and An Evening/Afternoon at the West End and An Evening at the Opera.

An Evening (or Afternoon) with Agatha Christie (24-27 June)
A one-person show celebrating the incredible work of the prolific and belovéd author who conceived those immortal characters, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

The Wind in the Willows (2 July – 12 September)
A brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s wonderful riverside story, well-loved by children of all ages, complete with Mr. Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger and to be performed in the perfect and spectacular setting of the banks of the River Tummel! Adapted by Mark PowellPlease note that Wind in the Willows will not be performing from 2 – 10 September.

Jekyll and Hyde (various dates 18 August – 8 September)
A new adaptation in the form of a monologue, of the exceptional Robert Louis Stephenson gothic novella, exposing the duality of human nature – between innocence and violence, friendship and deceit, reputation and reality – of what it is to be truly human. Adapted by Hannah Lavery.

White Nights – A Sentimental Story from the Diary of a Dreamer (7-10 July)
A stage adaption of Fyodor Dostoevsky‘s short story set in St. Petersburg. This powerful monologue explores how a kind-hearted man and dreamer tries to make sense of his loneliness, alienation and relationships when he falls in love for the first time.

A Night by the River Tay (various dates 14 July – 3 September)
The promised stagings of a number of the highly-acclaimed and brilliant short dramas, featuring many great Scottish playwrights, from our unique Shades of Tay project – our Love Letter to Scotland – released through our digital series in 2020.

Alice in Wonderland World (garden promenade: opening 17 July through to 12 September)
Inspired by the extraordinary Lewis Carroll novel – a magical sound and visual promenade installation in the Explorers’ Garden, produced in Gaelic and English and suitable for all ages to wander through in wonder!

Smoking is Bad for You (various dates 19 August – 10 September)
A stage adaption of Anton Chekov‘s short story. Chekhov’s tale is an entertaining comedy, we begin at a lecture on the harmful effects of tobacco and our lecturer reveals more about his life and relationships, laying out his lost dreams in this dramatic monologue.

Requiem (15-18 September)
A new play by Jo Clifford and Lesley Orr which will see them devise a ceremony to mourn and celebrate the lives of those lost during the pandemic, and support the process of our collective grief. This will be a promenade production.

The Tay’s Gaelic Memoir – Storytelling and Music (13 June, 19 July and 29 August)
Gaelic storytelling events for the whole family! In June storytelling has a focus on family and Young People and in August, on family and adults. Come and hear folktales from Gaelic Perthshire and beyond. In July, come and listen to old tunes and learn about traditional instruments and songs. All events suitable for Gaelic speakers, learners and enthusiasts.

Riversong (29 and 30 May)
Opening our Summer Season comes the perfomance of a new poem (long form) by award-winning poet Kenneth Steven, to take place in the newly-built Serenity Garden at Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Pitlochry. Kenneth travels back to places he lived along the River Tay and hears the Riversong the Tay sings, in a journey that creates and recreates memory through the flow of words. Part of our partnership with Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church and also sits within the larger Shades of Tay project.

Commitment to Safety First
Throughout the Season, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will implement numerous procedures to ensure the audience’s safety throughout their experience. The theatre’s priority is the safety and welfare of their visitors and colleagues and will be following all current government guidelines and regulations to keep everyone safe during their visit. These will include hygiene sanitiser stations and a reduced capacity, with physical distancing throughout.

To support social distancing and reduce contact, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will be asking their audiences to please purchase tickets in advance.


We can’t wait to welcome you back in person.

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Pitlochry Festival Theatre Summer Programme
has been supported by the Theatres Trust Reopening Fund

Ben Vrackie from Explorers Garden

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