With an exciting line up of world premieres, classic plays, new writing and a smash-hit musical on offer. The recently redeveloped front of house area and brand-new studio performance space will mean more shows and events for more people.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre now offers performances in the main Auditorium which can seat upto 544 audience members; a more intimate Studio which seats 172 audience members over two levels; and outdoor Amphitheatre which can accommodate up to 120 audience members, as well as the Bandstand area on the front lawn of the Theatre building.
Pitlochry Theatres plays can rival those put on at the top London and Edinburgh playhouses. It attracts the very best actors who are supported by superb scenery produced by the theatre's own in-house team. In addition, the theatre has a full programme of in-house & online concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, exhibitions, tour and talks through the year.
The popular Festival Restaurant has a stunning view over River Tummel, however it is currently closed until May 2022 for redevelopment work.
The Theatre's early beginnings
In 1951, John Stewart had the vision to create a 'theatre in the hills'. Initially starting life in a huge tent in the Grounds of Knockendarroch House in Lower Oakfield. The new purpose-built theatre opened in 1981 and has gone from strength to strength.
Sunshine on Leith - AUDITORIUM SHOW
From the 20th May to the 01st October - Ticket prices from £16
Set to fantastic songs from world-renowned Scottish band The Proclaimers, Sunshine on Leith is both a funny and moving play about Davy and Ally, two Edinburgh natives returning to their hometown after serving in war-torn countries overseas, who are questioning what ‘home’ really means.
Noises Off - AUDITORIUM SHOW
From the 20th of May to the 1st of October - Ticket prices from £16
Michael Frayn’s iconic backstage comedy Noises Off will offer lots of laughter and joy this summer on the play’s 40th birthday. With technical brilliance and split-second timing, it takes us behind the scenes with a company of actors in a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the unpredictability of life in the theatre.
Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Lipstick, Ketchup and Blood - AUDITORIUM SHOW
From the 8th of June to the 7th of July - Ticket prices from £29
In a blasted world, two survivors – a doctor and an actor – pass the time by staging their favourite story salvaged from the flames: A Study in Scarlet, the origin story of Sherlock Holmes. But when tensions arise around casting, more than dead bodies start to surface…
Private Lives - AUDITORIUM SHOW
From the 17th of June to the 20th of September - Ticket prices from £16
Is it even a complete season without a little bit of Coward? One of his most celebrated plays, Private Lives follows Elyot and Amanda, who were once married to each other. They find themselves on honeymoon with their new partners, in the same hotel in the South of France and admiring the view from adjoining balconies.
Helping Hands - AUDITORIUM SHOW
From the 23rd of June to the 10th of July - Ticket prices from £16
Helping Hands tells the story of Rose, an agency support worker, who gives care to the elderly and vulnerable in her community. Hilda is one of those clients. One day when both women find themselves in crisis, a relationship develops that neither woman expected but both desperately needed.
Around the World in 80 Days – BANDSTAND / OUTDOOR SHOW
From the 8th of June to the 17th of September - Ticket prices from £9
When uptight Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg agrees to take a globe-trotting gamble he puts both his fortune and his life on the line. Grab your passport and pack your trunk to meet a kaleidoscope of colourful characters and exotic animals on a whistle-stop worldwide adventure.
Little Women - AUDITORIUM SHOW
From the 21st of July to the 29th of September - Ticket prices from £16
Anne-Marie Casey’s adaptation of the classic story offers an exciting theatrical experience, guaranteed to be a night (or afternoon!) filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirits.
Under Another Sky – AMPITHEATRE / OUTDOOR SHOW
From the 10th of August to the 23rd of September - Ticket prices from £29
Under Another Sky is about how we, as individuals and a society, relate to a deep and sometimes irrecoverable past when the Romans held much of Britain as an imperial possession – through traces and echoes in the landscape, through artefacts, and through the stories we tell ourselves about nationhood.
Sister Radio - STUDIO SHOW
From the 25th of August to the 28th of September - Ticket prices from £16
Sisters Fatemeh and Shirin have been living together, in the same flat in Edinburgh, for 43 years. In this flat they cook, they read their coffee grains, they think about the fading memories of their childhood in Tehran and they listen to the radio. Sister Radio is a vibrant yet nostalgic play reflecting on both migration and family as well as being a celebration of culture from two very different places.
The Maggie Wall - STUDIO SHOW
From the 9th to the 29th of September - Ticket prices from £16
The Maggie Wall asks why humans carry on the ghost story tradition even though, for most of us, being scared when we encounter horror is an unsatisfying and unpleasant experience. Why do we insist on focusing on the fictional when something worse is happening in real life?
Enough of Him
From the 21st of October to the 6th of November - Ticket prices from £16
Based on a true story, Enough of Him explores the life of Joseph Knight, an enslaved African man, brought to Scotland by plantation owner John Wedderburn to serve in his Perthshire mansion. Whilst in Scotland, Knight falls in love with Annie, a young Scottish servant working in the household.
Tickets are available to purchase from www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com, or Just the Ticket, its ticket office on the main street in Pitlochry, or by calling Box Office on 01796 484626.