18 February, 2020

Pitlochry Festival Theatre mourns the passing of John Durnin

Staff at Pitlochry Festival Theatre have been greatly saddened to learn that the wonderful director, John Durnin, passed away on Sunday.

John was the Artistic Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre for 15 years from 2003 to 2017. He played a key role in the continuing success story of the Theatre. As a result, Pitlochry enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality and excellence of its productions.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Executive Director Kris Bryce said: “John made a significant contribution over his 15 year tenure and, on behalf of everyone, I can say he was incredibly important to this special Theatre. He was instrumental in creating a platform from which we can continue to thrive in the 21st Century.”

Elizabeth Newman Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director, said: “John was a wonderful man. He was incredibly supportive. It is a great loss to everyone at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. I am certain that this sense of loss felt at the Theatre will be shared throughout the arts industry in Scotland and the UK.”

At this very sad time, everyone at the Theatre extends their deepest condolences to John’s wife, Jacqueline, and his family and friends. He will remain very much in our thoughts.

Funeral arrangements:

John Durnin's family would like to share that his funeral will be on Friday 20th March at 11.30am, at Perth Crematorium. The funeral will be followed by a buffet at Pitlochry Golf Course from 2pm. Please share with anyone you know who may wish to attend. It's family flowers only and donations to Cancer Research. Thank you.

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