18 September, 2019

New Season Programme Announced

A NEW Season is about to launch at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and details of the autumn, winter and spring programme are now available online and at the theatre, in the form of the new Winter Brochure.

Kicking off the season, Pitlochry is very pleased to announce the Autumn show, Brian Friel’s tender masterpiece, Faith Healer (17 Oct to 3 Nov), features familiar faces from the world of Television. George Costigan, recently on TV in Gentleman Jack, previously Line of Duty and Happy Valley, rose to fame as the adulterous businessman, Bob in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too as well as Calendar Girls and Shirley Valentine. George is joined by Richard Standing, best known for his on/off relationship with Sally Webster, when playing love interest Danny Hargreaves in Coronation Street, finally jilting her on their wedding day. His other TV credits include: Holby City, Doctors and Silent Witness, and on stage he has a wealth of Shakespearian experience from Macbeth at the Rose Theatre, to Northern Broadsides Richard III and The Merchant of Venice, as well as a number of appearances as Sam Carmichael in tours of Mamma Mia!. And last but not least of the trio, Kirsty Stuart, recently on TV in Shetland and Outlander, arrives fresh from her triumph in the eponymous role of Zinnie Harris’ hotly-acclaimed reworking of The Duchess of Malfi at Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

This Christmas, Pitlochry presents a bright, bold new adaptation of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol - one of the most loved yuletide stories ever written! The popular Perthshire playhouse will perform the fantastic, festive tale of redemption and compassion, packed with feel-good festive music and song, dancing and joy, in the best of Christmas messages.

Written by Isobel McArthur, last seen on Pitlochry’s stage in the award-winning The Monarch Of The Glen, one of Scotland’s brightest, new writing - and acting – talents, along with award-winning theatre Director by Ben Occhipinti; together they are focussing their creative expertise to rediscover the heart of Dickens’ timeless tale. Book early in order to secure the best seats at the best prices. A Christmas Carol runs from 21 November to 23 December.

PFT will even bring you to the show! Teaming up with Salmond’s, the coach operator, you can hop on-board a return trip to the matinée performance of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, 14 December, from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth or Stirling. Book your seat when your purchase tickets at the Theatre.

In March 2020, Pitlochry present their first Spring production, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park (12-29 March) made memorable on the big-screen by Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. A joyous and funny love story, Barefoot In The Park is perfect for conjuring up that springtime feeling - the kind that makes you want to run barefoot in Pitlochry or Princes Street Gardens! Set in glorious Manhattan, PFT promise the production will be fresh and fizzy with fun sixties tunes, and even a few jives and a couple of twists for audiences to enjoy.

Adding a musical score to swirl around all these wonderful productions is a programme of concerts and top-notch tribute performers, to make the season zing!

Prior to Christmas, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham make their welcome return (27 Oct) and then in the New Year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will make an early appearance, Saturday, 18 January with two, brand-new screenings of an exhilarating dose of adrenaline-pumping, extreme sport in breathtaking cinematography and stunning scenery - all on the big screen! Visitors can also celebrate the life and loves of Scotland’s Bard, Rabbie Burns, with the wonderful Jambouree Singers on Burns Nicht (25 Jan).

The unique Winter Words Festival celebrates Stories, Scotland and the Great Outdoors (13-16 Feb). The 2020 programme is still under wraps, however, the spring programme bursts into life in a fabulous array of first-time shows and welcome returners. Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons lead the way with tribute band Big Girls Don’t Cry (6 Feb) for a fantastic night celebrating over a decade of their hits, followed by Masters of the House (7 Feb) in a spectacular journey through the world of musical theatre and movies, from former West End musicals stars. Expect hit songs from Miss Saigon, Evita, Wicked, Joseph… as well as a dip into the James Bond and Disney songbooks.

Pitlochry bring back previous sell-out performers, Simon and Garfunkel – Through The Years (8 Feb). With stunning vocal harmonies and unrivalled musicianship of the most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s. There’s oodles of music, from Abba tribute, Thank You For The Music (21 Feb), then Dolly and Kenny drop in to take audiences on a thigh-slapping journey through Islands In The Stream (22 Mar) with hit after hit: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the County and many more.

We can’t get enough of musicals hits can we? Mad About The Musicals arrive (28 Feb) from the heart of London’s theatreland and the glitz of Broadway, celebrating the songs from the shows we all know and love!  Plus, huge Pitlochry fan-favourites, Pasadena Roof Orchestra’s (29 Feb) incomparable live sound brings to authentic life the jazz and swing era, and Legends of American Country (4 Apr) - Europe’s No. 1 Country music show -  rides into Pitlochry for a fantastic night of toe-tapping country classics.

And of course there’s also Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes, Adults’ Drama classes, Show Choir…

To discover full details of what’s on and when, click here to view online, call box office on 01796 484626 or pick up a brochure today.

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