2017 Ensemble Announced

Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s new 18-strong acting ensemble recently gathered on the beautiful banks of the River Tummel, to celebrate what promises to be another spectacular Summer Season at Scotland’s Theatre in the Hills.

This year, the ensemble (one of the UK’s largest!) features several familiar faces including the ebullient Dougal Lee, who chalks up his 16th PFT Season (and over sixty productions). Margaret Preece, last seen as a memorable Lady Bracknell in the 2015 Summer Season, also features this year, as does Helen Mallon, who helped bring Christmas cheer to one and all with her recent stunning performance in Scrooge!

Alan Steele makes a welcome return to PFT, playing (amongst other roles) J.M Barrie in the exquisitely enchanting Mary Rose, a return to a role he executed to perfection in the excellent production of The Admirable Crichton in the 2014 Season.

We also say hello again to Irene Allan, who is a familiar face from stage, having worked with National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Dogstar Theatre and the Royal Lyceum. Irene is fondly remembered for her beguiling roles in PFT productions of The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Lady Windermere’s Fan and What Every Woman Knows.

Finally, if you enjoyed 2015 productions of The Lady In The Van, A Little Night Music and Home And Beauty, then you’ll be delighted with news that Alan Mirren has returned this year as has Alex Scott Fairley who brought the house down with sublime performances in A Chorus of Disapproval in 2014.

Amongst the many new faces at PFT this Season, Mark Faith brings a wealth of West End experience having performed in The Phantom Of The Opera, Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing and Fame, among others – no doubt he will feel at home in our Cole Porter musical extravaganza this year! Also new to the Theatre, but no stranger to a song and dance is Serena Giacomini, who has toured the UK in productions of Beauty And The Beast, Cabaret and Over The Rainbow, to name a few.

Although Valerie Cutko makes her first PFT appearance this Summer, she is certainly no stranger to musicals – she stole the reviews as Mrs. Mullins in Carousel at London’s Arcola Theatre in 2014 and has also enjoyed parts in both motion picture versions of Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera! Although, she has many strings to her bow, as audiences will soon find out. . .

Swapping the touring life for Highland Perthshire, Elliot Fitzpatrick is ready for the PFT challenge of multiple plays having recently worked on productions of Seussical and That Is All You Need To Know in the UK and Asia.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sara Clark Downie has already had a blistering career having recently filmed the second series of Lovesick for Channel 4. And now, she is ready for a Summer spent in rural Perthshire for her PFT début!

The 2017 Season opens at 8.00pm on Friday 26 May, with the first performance of High Society, which features a stellar score by Cole Porter, closely followed by J.M. Barrie’s  haunting and poignant ghost story Mary Rose which opens at 2.00pm on Thursday 1 June, 2.00pm.

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