26 April, 2018

PFT express their sadness at the passing of Edith MacArthur

Everyone at PFT are saddened to learn of Edith MacArthur’s passing. Along with Jimmy Logan, Una McLean, and Leon Sinden, Edith was a star of many Pitlochry Seasons.

Richard Baron, regular PFT Director and Season Director for 2018, said "I was fortunate enough to direct Edith in four productions at PFT including her memorable Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. Popular on TV for her roles in Take The High Road and Sutherland's Law, she will also be remembered by Pitlochry audiences for her superb performance as Ranevskaya in the Cherry Orchard and the title role in Bridie's Daphne Laureola. Famously elegant and gracious but extremely practical, and possessed of an infectious sense of humour, she was widely regarded as the finest Scottish actress of her generation."

In 2001, Edith wrote, "where but in Pitlochry could one play so many wonderful and contrasting roles - with such directors, casts, sets, costumes, stage-crews - and audiences? This theatre sparkles during the day as brightly as the water it stands beside, and at night it dazzles." Edith was loved by audiences and staff alike during her Summer Seasons at Pitlochry in 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999, and 2002. Watching her performance in 1999's The Summertime Is Come, Director Clive Perry noted that audiences would never see her like again.

She will be greatly missed.

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