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WHAT’S ON PITLOCHRY: Summer Season 2019, Autumn & Festive Productions

Summer Season                 24 May – 5 Oct 2019

Autumn Production         17 Oct– 3 Nov

Festive Production           21 Nov – 23 Dec

To book, call Box Office on 01796 484626 or go online: www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com.

Summer Holiday
Stage adaptation by MICHAEL GYNGELL and MARK HADDIGAN. Based on the film SUMMER HOLIDAY, directed by PETER YATES, screenplay by RONALD CASS and PETER MYERS and by special arrangement with StudioCanal Orchestrations by KEITH STRACHAN Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited on behalf of Josef Weinberger Limited

During a wet Scottish summer, Pitlochry bus driver Don whisks his workmates away on a borrowed bus, in search of sunshine and fun in Athens!

Along the way, the boys pick up a stowaway, rescue stranded singing trio Do-Re-Mi and fall in love! One of the most popular movies of the 60s, immortalised by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, make sure you jump on board to sing along with the happiest, hit-filled, feel-good musical of your summer holiday.

Look out for news about our Theatre Bus Tour! We will be sharing songs and stories in lots of communities, bringing joy and art to as many people as possible. Expect those wonderful songs, In The Country, Summer Holiday, The Young Ones, Do You Wanna Dance, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy ,Living Doll , Move It  and On The Beach.

Tickets: from £20.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

8:00pm, 24 May 2019

2:00pm, 25 May 2019

8:00pm, 25 May 2019

2:00pm, 29 May 2019

8:00pm, 29 May 2019

2:00pm, 30 May 2019

8:00pm, 30 May 2019

2:00pm, 1 June 2019

8:00pm, 1 June 2019

2:00pm, 8 June 2019

8:00pm, 8 June 2019

2:00pm, 15 June 2019

8:00pm, 22 June 2019

8:00pm, 28 June 2019

2:00pm, 29 June 2019

8:00pm 1 July 2019

8:00pm 5 July 2019

2:00pm 6 July 2019

8:00pm 10 July 2019

8:00pm 13 July 2019

8:00pm 17 July 2019

8:00pm 20 July 2019

8:00pm 29 July 2019

8:00pm 2 July 2019

2:00pm 3 August 2019

8:00pm 6 August 2019

2:00pm 7 August 2019

8:00pm 10 August 2019

8:00pm 16 August 2019

2:00pm 17 August 2019

8:00pm 23 August 2019

2:00pm 24 August 2019

8:00pm 2 September 2019

8:00pm 6 September 2019

2:00pm 14 September 2019

8:00pm 18 September 2019

2:00pm 19 September 2019

8:00pm 23 September 2019 

8:00pm 28 September 2019

2:00pm 1 October 2019

2:00pm 2 October 2019

8:00pm 2 October 2019

2:00pm 3 October 2019

8:00pm 3 October 2019

8:00pm 4 October 2019

2:00pm 5 October 2019

8:00pm 5 October 2019

 

Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward

 

Celebrated (and often cantankerous!) novelist Charles Condomine has invited a local medium and eccentric, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house,

as research for his latest book. Rather surprisingly, the hapless Arcati calls up the ghost of Charles’ first wife – the alluring Elvira. Safe in the knowledge that only Charles can see her, Elvira embarks on a series of troublesome events that

quickly move from somewhat harmless to very dangerous…

 

Blithe Spirit is Coward’s most successful, inventive, highly spirited comedy. It was the longest running hit of his career, the film version of which memorably

starred Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford.

 

If you relished our 2013 production of Present Laughter, then you’ll love this mischievous comedy that’s pure Coward at his nonchalant and sardonic best.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 6 June 2019

8:00pm, 7 June 2019

8:00pm, 15 June 2019

2:00pm, 22 June 2019

8:00pm, 25 June 2019

2:00pm, 26 June 2019

8:00pm 3 July 2019

8:00pm 6 July 2019

8:00pm 9 July 2019

2:00pm 10 July 2019

8:00pm 15 July 2019

2:00pm 18 July 2019

2:00pm 27 July 2019

8:00pm 30 July 2019

2:00pm 31 July 2019

8:00pm 7 August 2019

8:00pm 12 August 2019

8:00pm 17 August 2019

8:00pm 21 August 2019

8:00pm 24 August 2019

8:00pm 5 September 2019

2:00pm 6 September 2019

8:00pm 11 September 2019

2:00pm 12 September 2019

8:00pm 17 September 2019

2:00pm 18 September 2019

8:00pm 25 September 2019

2:00pm 28 September 2019

 

 

Blonde Bombshells of 1943
By Alan Plater

 

Band leader Betty is in trouble. Her glamorous, all female 8-piece band has finally landed a big-time BBC performance on the wireless, but various illicit liaisons with the yanks have depleted their ranks.

 

In double-quick time, remaining bandmates recruit new talent! Enter a draft-dodging drummer who is unafraid to don a frock, a nun who plays a mean ukulele, an innocent schoolgirl clarinetist and a rather snooty soldier saxophonist. Will Betty and her assorted crew give the performance of their lives?

 

Based on the BAFTA-winning, TV film starring Judi Dench, this show is guaranteed to raise your spirits with stunning, live vocal and musical performances of hits by Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, George Formby, Fats Waller and more, with all the glitz and sparkle of a by-gone but not forgotten era. With songs Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Loch Lomond, T’ain’t What You Do, Goodbye-ee, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 13 June 2019

8:00pm, 14 June 2019

8:00pm, 24 June 2019

8:00pm, 27 June 2019

8:00pm 2 July 2019

2:00pm 3 July 2019

8:00pm 8 July 2019

8:00pm 12 July 2019

8:00pm 16 July 2019

2:00pm 17 July 2019

8:00pm 31 July 2019

8:00pm 5 August 2019

8:00pm 8 August 2019

8:00pm 15 August 2019

8:00pm 20 August 2019

2:00pm 21 August 2019

8:00pm 31 August 2019

8:00pm 7 September 2019

8:00pm 12 September 2019

2:00pm 13 September 2019

8:00pm 21 September 2019

8:00pm 26 September 2019

2:00pm 27 September 2019

 

 

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

 

For the puritanical folk of Salem, Massachusetts, the news that their young women have been conjuring spirits in the forest is devastating. It means the devil is amongst them. And the devil must be hunted down and driven out, whatever the cost. Fear and suspicion spirals quickly out of control, unleashing a murderous powder keg of accusations, hysteria, lust and revenge.

 

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play is one of the most powerful pieces of 20th century theatre. Written as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the US government persecuted its citizens for being communists, this parable of politics, religious fervour and fear is a masterpiece which still resonates in the 21st Century.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 20 June 2019

8:00pm, 21 June 2019

8:00pm, 26 June 2019

8:00pm, 29 June 2019

8:00pm 4 July 2019

8:00pm 11 July 2019

2:00pm 13 July 2019

8:00pm 19 July 2019

2:00pm 20 July 2019

8:00pm 27 July 2019

8:00pm 1 August 2019

2:00pm 10 August 2019

8:00pm 14 August 2019

8:00pm 22 August 2019

2:00pm 31 August 2019

8:00pm 3 September 2019

2:00pm 4 September 2019

8:00pm 10 September 2019

2:00pm 11 September 2019

8:00pm 19 September 2019

2:00pm 20 September 2019

8:00pm 27 September 2019

 

 

Heritage

by Nicola McCartney

 

Canada 1914. Sarah McCrea stands on the threshold of womanhood, facing a bright future in a new country. Leaving Ulster behind, Sarah and her family carve out their existence in an emerging community.

 

Drawn to one another through tales of a near-forgotten, mythical Ireland, Sarah and her neighbour Michael Donoghue become firm friends. But when Sarah and Michael’s relationship deepens by Nicola McCartney and his determination to define his identify catches fire, centuries of conflict threaten to blight their love. And for Sarah, the realisation dawns that old battles are being fought on new territory.

 

First staged in 1998, Heritage is a poignant and poetic exploration of love, identity, tribalism and the need to belong. As stark and poignant as the sweeping landscape it conjures, all at once it is epic, lyrical and timeless.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

8:00pm 25 July 2019

8:00pm 26 July 2019

8:00pm 3 August 2019

8:00pm 9 August 2019

8:00pm 13 August 2019

2:00pm 14 August 2019

8:00pm 19 August 2019

2:00pm 7 September 2019

8:00pm 13 September 2019

8:00pm 16 September 2019

2:00pm 26 September 2019

 

 

North And South

by Elizabeth Gaskell, adapted by Janys Chambers

 

Strong-willed vicar’s daughter Margaret Hale has grown up in the rarefied atmosphere of rural southern England, so when her family relocates to the roughness and vitality of a northern factory town, she is thrown into a new life of strikes and strife.

 

Hot-blooded industrialist John Thornton rules his cotton mill with an iron hand. Sparks fly when Margaret challenges both master and mill-hand, only to discover that not all of her southern beliefs hold true.

 

A tale for today, this timely adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic 19th-century novel by BAFTA-nominated writer Janys Chambers explores the complex relationship between North and South, and between women and men of different classes.

 

Can reason overcome pride and prejudice? Can compassion triumph over a blind adherence to market forces? Can love bloom amongst the snowy fibres of a money-driven cotton mill?

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm 29 August 2019

8:00pm 30 August 2019

8:00pm 4 September 2019

2:00pm 5 September 2019

8:00pm 9 September 2019

8:00pm 14 September 2019

8:00pm 20 September 2019

2:00pm 21 September 2019

8:00pm 24 September 2019

2:00pm 25 September 2019

 

 

Faith Healer

by Brian Friel

 

Travelling to the small towns and remote village halls scattered throughout Scotland and Wales, the Fantastic Francis Hardy, together with his indefatigably loyal wife, Grace, and their born-into-show-business manager, Teddy, promises healing to the hopeless and restoration for the sick and suffering.

 

Each of their stories in turn sheds shifting shards of light on events. Only one thing is certain however; Faith Healer Francis is at the mercy of his ‘unreliable’ gift. So where does truth lie? Showman? Con-man? Villain? Victim?

 

A haunting exploration of love, loss, belief and sacrifice, Faith Healer is often funny, passionate and tender. It will take you to the heart of what it means to love, struggle and believe.

 

Brian Friel is one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights. Author of Translations and Dancing At Lughnasa, Faith Healer is considered his masterpiece. Starring George Costigan who is best known for portraying Bob in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too as well as his more recent role in Happy Valley.

 

7:30pm 17 October 2019

7:30pm 18 October 2019

2:00pm 19 October 2019

7:30pm 19 October 2019

2:00pm 20 October 2019

2:00pm 23 October 2019

7:30pm 23 October 2019

2:00pm 24 October 2019

2:00pm 25 October 2019

7:30pm 25 October 2019

2:00pm 26 October 2019

7:30pm 26 October 2019

2:00pm 27 October 2019

2:00pm 30 October 2019

7:30pm 30 October 2019

2:00pm 31 October 2019

2:00pm 1 November 2019

7:30pm 1 November 2019

2:00pm 2 November 2019

7:30pm 2 November 2019

2:00pm 3 November 2019

 

 

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Isobel McArthur

 

A bright, bold new adaptation of the Dickens classic – one of the most loved yuletide stories ever written.

 

In one ghostly, Christmas night, miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge receives a series of unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the error of his ways. Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough?

 

A fantastic, festive tale of redemption and compassion packed with feel-good festive music and song, dancing and joy. Rejoice with us in the Christmas spirit!

 

Isobel McArthur is one of Scotland’s brightest, new writing – and acting – talents, who was last seen on Pitlochry’s stage in the award-winning The Monarch Of The Glen. Now she focusses her creative talents to rediscover the heart of Dickens’ timeless tale.

 

7:00pm, 21 November 2019

7:00pm, 22 November 2019

2:00pm, 23 November 2019

7:00pm, 23 November 2019

10:30am, 26 November 2019

10:30am, 27 November 2019

2:00pm, 27 November 2019

10:30am, 28 November 2019

2:00pm, 28 November 2019

2:00pm, 29 November 2019

7:00pm, 29 November 2019

2:00pm, 30 November 2019

7:00pm, 30 November 2019

2:00pm, 1 December 2019

2:00pm, 4 December 2019

7:00pm, 4 December 2019

2:00pm, 5 December 2019

2:00pm, 6 December 2019

7:00pm, 6 December 2019

2:00pm, 7 December 2019

7:00pm, 7 December 2019

2:00pm, 8 December 2019

2:00pm, 11 December 2019

7:00pm, 11 December 2019

2:00pm, 12 December 2019

2:00pm, 13 December 2019

7:00pm, 13 December 2019

2:00pm, 14 December 2019

7:00pm, 14 December 2019

2:00pm, 15 December 2019

2:00pm, 18 December 2019

7:00pm, 18 December 2019

2:00pm, 19 December 2019

7:00pm, 19 December 2019

2:00pm, 20 December 2019

7:00pm, 20 December 2019

2:00pm, 21 December 2019

7:00pm, 21 December 2019

2:00pm, 22 December 2019

2:00pm, 23 December 2019

 

REVIEW: Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

This was meant to be The 39 Steps – however due to the indisposition of one of the actors due to an eye injury ( I’d like to imagine the understudy punched him to get the lead role) this was, at the last minute, switched to Alan Ayckbourn’s time travelling comedy drama Communicating Doors.

Three women. One hotel suite. In 1992, one is on her honeymoon night. In 2012, one is about to be murdered. In 2032, one discovers that a communicating door holds the key to all their destinies . . .

When Poopay, a self-styled ‘Specialist Sexual Consultant’, is summoned to a five star hotel, it transpires that her elderly client isn’t interested in her usual services. Instead, the conscience-stricken Reece wants her to witness his dying confession: that many years before, he employed his business associate, Julian, to murder his two wives.

When he learns of the confession, the deranged Julian decides that Poopay must be silenced permanently. Terrified, Poopay flees through the communicating door, only to find that it leads not into an adjacent room, but back into the same suite . . . twenty years before on the very night that wife number two is about to die.

This reviewer has a chequered history with Ayckbourn’s plays. His output is often very much of its time and revivals of his work often seem badly dated.  After an over-long set up this however turned into an absorbing evening’s entertainment with deft acting and storytelling keeping the story arc cohesive and engaging.

On the down side, one point of weakness is the staging: the setting here is 1992 and the 2012 of the play is the future. Possibly due to a slightly outdated set decoration (the actual design which incorporated the time-travelling door was cleverly done) but without significant decorative differences across the years this wasn’t conveyed as well as it could have been. For Pitlochry this is a surprise as it’s usually known for phenomenally inventive set design.

This Ayckbourn play has fared better than most and provides as many laughs as suspenseful moments. Worth a visit.

Runs until 11th October – Pitlochry Festival Theatre details here

REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

“Business is so bad at his Skid Row Florists that Mr. Mushnik is considering throwing in the trowel, but just when it seems that the roses are destined for the garbage, Mushnik’s accident-prone assistant, Seymour, discovers a strange and exotic new plant. Seymour names his discovery Audrey Two, but Audrey Two is no ordinary shrub, it grows at a phenomenal rate thanks to a rather unusual diet, oh, and it has plans for world domination. Only Seymour knows Audrey Two’s terrible secrets and he’s prepared to risk everything for a shot at fame, fortune and true love.”

Once again, apologies for tardy posting, I saw this a few weeks ago.

Following on from last year’s success My Fair Lady, Pitlochry Festival Theatre present Little Shop of Horrors. Taking as its starting point classic 50s B-Movies, this comedy-horror musical is ably performed by a 14-strong cast who take on all of the roles as well as the orchestral duties. 

Deserving of praise are Charlie Tighe in the central role of Seymour, who takes tortured geek to a whole new level and Elliot Harper (above centre) who, amongst a series of roles, delivers a lesson in how to pitch an over the top role perfectly. Kate Quinnell (below), last year’s Eliza Doolittle turns in another accomplished performance, singing, dancing, playing the clarinet and acting with aplomb. Special mention must go to Dan Smith as the voice of Audrey, who had to step in to cover with minimal notice – so adept was the performance that you would never have believed he was anything other than the originator of the role. 

My only concern with this, as it was with last year’s musical show at Pitlochry, was that the vocals and music were seriously under-powered. It may be the fault of the amplification or the fact that the actors had to double up as musicians but it all needed a little more oomph. The quality was there it was just lacking in volume. That said, the sets, costumes and the fabulous animated plant Audrey were first class and there were laughs a-plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, runs until October 13

Author:  Howard Ashman

Music: Alan Menken

Director: John Durnin

REVIEW: Henceforward – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

It’s sometime quite soon . . .

Jerome is a serious avant-garde composer. He`s written string quartets, a ‘cello sonata. Unfortunately, he`s best known for the soundtrack of the infamous Singing Babies TV commercial . . .

Even worse, ever since his bank manager wife Corinna left him, taking their daughter with her, Jerome has suffered from creative block. Locked inside his fortress flat, he now lives surrounded by TV screens, computers and synthesizers, with just one companion: NAN 300F, a robot nanny who seems almost human, despite being perpetually on the blink. Well, the manufacturer did have to withdraw the entire range after that ‘unfortunate incident’ . . .

Desperate to gain custody of his daughter, but knowing that this unconventional lifestyle is unlikely to endear him to the Department of Child Wellbeing, Jerome hires out-of-work actress Zoë to pose as his fiancée and play happy families for the benefit of Mervyn Bickerdyke, the Child Welfare Officer.

But things with Zoë go horribly wrong – just as Mervyn and Corinna are on their way to examine Jerome’s stable new home environment – and Jerome is forced to improvise. You know, it’s amazing what you can do with a robot, a few micro-chips and a screwdriver . . .

Alan Ayckbourn’s play unfortunately doesn’t stand up to the ravages of time and has dated – badly. It’s not helped by the fact the central character, though well enough acted, had no redeeming features. Ultimately it all left me a little bit cold.

REVIEW: My Fair Lady – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

1910: on a cold March evening in Covent Garden, the overbearing Henry Higgins, a Professor of Phonetics, encounters a young flower seller, Eliza Doolittle. Whilst appalled by Eliza’s strangled vowels and missing consonants, Higgins opines that it is only her mangled English and coarse manners that separate her from the so-called Upper Classes…

And so results an outrageous wager between Higgins and the amiable Colonel Pickering: in just six months, Higgins promises to transform Eliza so completely that she will pass for a Duchess at the lavish Embassy Ball. But Eliza’s gradual metamorphosis under Higgins’s relentless tutelage comes at a terrible price.

Too eloquent for a flower girl, yet without the breeding and education of the aristocracy, what will become of her when the wager is over? Lerner and Loewe`s bewitching tale of a flower girl’s transformation into the toast of London society is one of the greatest musicals of all time.

Featuring unforgettable songs such as I Could Have Danced All Night, On The Street Where You Live, Get Me To The Church On Time and many others. This musical is always a joy and this production at Pitlochry Festival Theatre with actor/musicians was no different. Just luvverly!