Pitlochry Listings Added

Jun 17 2021 | By More

Æ Adds popular theatre destination to listings

All Edinburgh Theatre will publish theatre listings for Pitlochry Festival Theatre from this week, adding the popular destination theatre to its Edinburgh venues.

The “Theatre in the Hills” is marking its 70th anniversary season this year and, thanks to its extensive grounds on the banks of the Tummel, has been able to add two new al-fresco stages for its summer season, which allow it to open with outdoor socially-distanced performances.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre looks across the River Tummel. Pic: PFT

In normal times, Pitlochry is a popular destination for Edinburgh theatre goers, who either make the relatively short trip up the A9, or spend a day or three in Pitlochry and take in a few of the venue’s productions which are normally performed in rep.

The theatre has added a newly built 80-seater amphitheatre (reduced to 50 seats for socially distanced audiences) in the woods above the main theatre building. It is also bringing the Riverside Bandstand on the lawns in front of the theatre onto greater use.

The Summer Season includes the stage première of David Greig’s Adventures with the Painted People, a two-hander originally commissioned by PFT as part of the 2020 Season, in the Amphitheatre and a large scale adaptation of Wind in the Willows in the Bandstand area.

new promenade production

Other highlights include Hannah Lavery’s new, one-person, adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, gothic tale Jekyll and Hyde and Jo Clifford and Lesley Orr’s new promenade production Requiem which will see Clifford and Orr devise a ceremony that will mourn and celebrate the lives of those lost during the pandemic and support the process of our collective grief.

Pitlochry Festilval Theatre Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre in action for a performance of Adventures with the Painted People. Pic: PFT

PFT Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman said: “Although we couldn’t produce the Summer Season as previously planned, I feel extraordinarily excited to share this outdoor Summer Season with audiences, especially for our Big Birthday.

“I hope it channels the same unstoppable spirit that first made Pitlochry Festival Theatre extraordinary 70 years ago when John Stewart first put up the Theatre-tent.

“I’ve spoken before about how PFT will be a Theatre that works across three platforms, inside, outside, and online, so after a year of being extremely focused online it feels brilliant to be focusing on outside!

a Scottish Theatre in the heart of Scotland

“We pride ourselves on being a Scottish Theatre in the heart of Scotland and we can’t wait to welcome people back. I believe everyone knows how passionate we are about being a Theatre for All and a Theatre for a Lifetime, so we really look forward to opening our 70th Summer Season to continue this important mission.”

Pitlochry Festival Theatre Bandstand. Pic: Melanie Brockway

Full theatre listings for Pitlochry Festival Theatre will be listed on its dedicated listing page here: Pitlochry Listings.

The theatre joins the King’s Glasgow Listings page and the Theatre Royal Glasgow Listings page. Over time we hope to start including other theatres as they start to reopen after the pandemic.


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