Announcing the Directors and Designers

Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) is pleased to announce the creative teams for their 2017 Summer Season.

John Durnin (PFT’s Artistic Director) and Adrian Rees (Set and Costume Designer) join forces to open the Season in style on 26th May with the exhilarating Cole Porter musical, High Society.  This creative pairing have worked on many previous, smash-hit PFT productions including My Fair Lady, White Christmas and Carousel. John and Adrian combine again in Peter Barnes’ furiously funny, comedy blitz The Ruling Class, which opens 20th July.

Since joining PFT as Artistic Director in 2003, John has directed many memorable productions at PFT including, Hello, Dolly!, Kiss Me, Kate, Carousel, White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. Adrian’s sets have been seen on the West End, throughout the UK and across the world, including productions of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Musical, Blood Brothers, Annie and Fame as well as, for PFT: Scrooge!, Miracle On 34th Street, Hello, Dolly!, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Passing Places and more.

For Ayckbourn fans, Sir Alan’s Absurd Person Singular will feature all the usual Ayckbourn traits – dazzlingly inventive comedy and far fetching farcical twists that hurtle characters towards sometimes disastrous ends, or into the abyss of the absurd!

At the helm will be the award-winning director Richard Baron (PFT’s Damsels In Distress, The 39 Steps, The Admirable Crichton),  who is also Artistic Director at Firebrand Productions and has UK touring productions of The 39 Steps amongst his lengthy credits. He is joined by uber-talented designer Ken Harrison, who created the remarkable London apartment for last year’s Damsels In Distress trilogy. Ken’s credits at PFT include The Lady In The Van, Outlying Islands, The Ladykillers and Single Spies.

J.M. Barrie’s supernatural masterpiece Mary Rose, which held Hitchcock spellbound, will see director Richard Baron join forces with Set and Costume Designer Neil Warmington, who makes his début at PFT. Neil is no stranger to Scottish audiences, however, as his previous productions include Sunshine On Leith (Dundee Rep), Ghosts (Tron Theatre), Gagarin Way (Traverse Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh) and Mary Stuart (National Theatre Scotland).

Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van wowed audiences throughout the 2015 Season, so audiences will be delighted to welcome back Patrick Sandford to the director’s chair for People, another of Bennett’s comedic masterpieces. Patrick also directed Mr. Bolfry in 2014 and has spent 25 successful years as Artistic Director at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton.

Charles Cusick-Smith will join forces with Patrick as Set and Costume Designer for People. His PFT credits include It’s A Wonderful Life, The Steamie and Dr Angelus, as well as many international productions, with renowned companies including, Giselle (English National Ballet), The Nutracker (Northern Ballet) and Il Trovatore (Hong Kong Opera) amongst his creative credits.

David Greig’s poignant and dramatic Europe, will see either PFT Artistic Director John Durnin join forces with another creative talent: Designer Becky Minto. Becky’s credits include the National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed The 306: Dawn, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and PFT’s production of Para Handy – who could forget the gigantic, life-size Clyde puffer!

With little under two weeks to curtain up on opening night, PFT’s Box Office are reporting record levels of advance sales.  Now is the time to secure your tickets before it’s too late! Book by calling PFT’s Box Office on 01796 484 626, open 9 to 5pm every day or book online:

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