Pitlochry Festival Theater announces 2022 season


Pitlochry Festival Theater has announced that it will reopen for the first time in nearly two years to welcome audiences inside (and outside!) A hit musical, as well as a brand new space for studio performance and an extension of its facade.

2022 marks an incredibly exciting time for the theater as it continues to emerge from the pandemic with joy and determination to continue to provide live performances to audiences in Pitlochry.

From April to October, the 2022 season will kick off in the Theatre’s new studio with the premiere of Helping Hands (April 21 – May 7), Cathy Forde’s moving new play about the relationship between a caregiver and her client. Designed to feature new writing and touring productions from across Scotland, the studio will also host two more premieres during the season; Sister Radio by Sara Saharawi (Niqabi Ninja) (25 August – 28 September) – an exciting new co-production with the Stellar Quines Theater Company – on the relationship between two sisters who emigrated from Iran to Edinburgh in the 1970s, as well as the Martin McCormick’s new film play The Maggie Wall (September 9 – 29) which asks why humans carry on the tradition of ghost stories, despite the fact that, for most of us, being afraid is an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience.

The season opens in the auditorium in May with a staging of the much-loved musical Sunshine on Leith by Stephen Greenhorn (May 20 – October 1). Set to fantastic songs by world-renowned Scottish band The Proclaimers, Sunshine on Leith is a funny and heartwarming story about Davy and Ally, two Edinburgh natives who return to their hometown after serving in countries torn apart by war. war abroad, wondering what “home” really means. Production will begin in Pitlochry before traveling to the King’s Theater in Edinburgh for two weeks, then returning to Pitlochry until early October. Sunshine on Leith is a co-production with Capital Theaters.

Other highlights from the theater auditorium include the premiere, co-produced with the Watford Palace Theater, of Anne-Marie Casey’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women (July 21 – September 29); Michael Frayn’s iconic backstage comedy Noises Off (May 27 – October 1) which celebrates its 40th anniversary; and a revival of Noël Coward’s classic 1930s comedy, Private Lives (June 17-September 30).

The 2022 season will also see the premiere of two exciting new productions presented in the scenic amphitheater of the Theater, nestled in its Explorer’s Garden and in the shadow of Ben-y-Vrackie. From June 8 to July 7, the theater will stage playwright and actor Lesley Hart’s brand new adaptation (The Lemon Tree, Òran Mór) of Arthur Conon’s classic tale Doyle Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Lipstick, Ketchup and Blood. In August, the Theater will present the world premiere of David Greig’s (The Adventures with the Painted People) adaptation of Charlotte Higgins’ acclaimed book Under Another Sky (August 10 – September 23), which explores how we, as ‘individuals and as a society, relate to a deep and sometimes lost past when the Romans held much of Britain as an imperial possession – through traces and echoes in the landscape, through artefacts and to through the stories we tell ourselves about nationality.

The 2022 season will also offer a tremendous range of entertainment for the whole family. In July, the creative team behind last year’s hit production The Wind in the Willows will return with an exciting new riverside adaptation of Jules Verne’s family adventure The Tour of the world in 80 days (July 8-September 17). In the same month, the family audience will also be able to visit the theater’s beautiful Explorer’s Garden for the wonderful new Peter Rabbit walking experience (July 14 – September 4). As the audience walks through the gardens, they will enjoy an audio story from one of their favorite Beatrix Potter tales and might even have the opportunity to meet a real Peter Rabbit and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

Throughout the 2022 season, the Pitlochry Festival Theater will also celebrate live music by hosting a series of indoor and outdoor events, featuring music from major musicals to opera splendor, as well as evening parties. dedicated to Gaelic music.

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of the Pitlochry Festival Theater, said:

“I am delighted that next year we are welcoming the public again for our spring-summer program! Once again, you will be able to experience six pieces in six days. In our main room, you can watch four major productions, including the hit musical Sunshine on Leith and Noises Off, on its 40th anniversary! For the first time in the history of the Pitlochry Festival Theater, we will have a theater studio where you can see three new plays. We’ll also be building on the success of our 2021 outdoor summer season and the premiere of two new productions in our amphitheater, concerts in the park and a riverside family extravaganza alongside our Peter Rabbit Experience in the garden of the explorers of PFT. The entire Inside and Outside program will be supported by our ongoing work Online.

This season we will also be working with Capital Theaters, Watford Palace Theater and Stellar Quines Theater Company to make three of our summer productions. This will allow us to reach even more audiences across the UK and continue to share Pitlochry with the world and the world with Pitlochry.

The engagement of audiences, artists and attendees at the Pitlochry Festival Theater over the past two years has been incredible. We really want PFT to continue to be a safe haven where we can continue to celebrate life and make sense of the world. I hope the program provides an exciting return inside to experience important plays, funny dramas, and happy stories with each other. Many thanks to everyone for staying with us. I can’t wait to see everyone inside, out and online in 2022! “

Ahead of the start of the 2022 summer season, the Pitlochry Festival Theater will host its annual Winter Words Festival (February 14-20), starting the National Story Year with a fantastic celebration of Scotland, storytelling and the world. natural.

The theater will also offer a festival membership program in which the audience can enjoy great benefits and support the theater at the same time. For just £ 40 a year, members will have access to priority booking for the 2022 season and discounts on tickets and retail purchases.

The Pitlochry Festival Theater is supported by funding from Creative Scotland and the Perth and Kinross Council. He is also grateful to the many individual donors, trusts and foundations who continue to support the theater.

More information on the 2022 season will be announced in the coming months.

Tickets for the 2022 season are now on sale to existing members of the Pitlochry Festival Theater and on general sale starting Thursday, January 20, 2022. For more information on tickets and the theater’s membership programs, visit www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com or call 01796 484626.


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