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Pitlochry Festival Theatre announces 2022 season and opening of new studio

Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2022 season

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has announced its 2022 season.

Running from April to October, the venue will be opening its doors for the first time in nearly two years to welcome audiences back Inside (and Outside!).

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As well as a line up of world premieres, classic plays, new writing, and a smash- hit musical, the new season will see the opening of a brand-new studio performance space and extension to its front of house.

The season will begin in the Theatre’s new studio with the premiere of Helping Hands (21 Apr – 7 May), Cathy Forde’s moving new play about the relationship between an agency care worker and her client.

Designed to showcase new writing and touring productions from all around Scotland, the studio will also be home to two further premieres during the season; Sara Saharawi’s (Niqabi Ninja) Sister Radio (25 August – 28 Sept) – an exciting new co-production with Stellar Quines Theatre Company – about the relationship between two sisters who migrate from Iran to Edinburgh in the 1970s, as well as Martin McCormick’s new play The Maggie Wall (9 – 29 September) which asks why humans carry on the ghost story tradition, despite the fact, for most of us, being scared is an unpleasant and discomforting experience.

In May the auditorium will reopen with a staging of Stephen Greenhorn’s much-loved musical Sunshine on Leith (20 May – 1 October) which is set to the songs of The Proclaimers. The co-production with Capital Theatres will then travel to the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh for a two-week run before returning to Pitlochry through early October.

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

Meanwhile the Theatre’s picturesque amphitheatre will premier playwright and actor Lesley Hart’s (The Lemon Tree, Òran Mór) brand new adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective tale Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Lipstick, Ketchup and Blood (8 June – 7 July) and David Greig’s (The Adventures with the Painted People) adaptation of Charlotte Higgins’ acclaimed book, Under Another Sky (10 Aug – 23 Sept).

Family entertainment announced for the 2022 season includes an exciting new adaptation, performed on the riverbank, of Jules Verne’s family adventure Around the World in 80 Days (8 July – 17 September) from the creative team behind last year’s successful production of The Wind in the Willows.

Meanwhile the theatre’s beautiful Explorers garden will welcome a new promenade experience of Peter Rabbit (14 July – 4 Sept). As audiences walk around the gardens, they will enjoy an audio story of one of their favourite Beatrix Potter tales and might even get the opportunity to meet a real-life Peter Rabbit and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Throughout the 2022 season, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will also celebrate live music by hosting a series of inside and outside events, featuring music from the great musicals to the splendour of opera, as well as evenings dedicated to Gaelic music.

Tickets for the 2022 season are now on sale to existing Pitlochry Festival Theatre members and on general sale from Thursday 20 January 2022. For tickets and more information visit www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Picture: Colin Hattersley Photography
Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Picture: Colin Hattersley Photography

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre said: “I am thrilled that next year we will welcome audiences back inside for our Spring and Summer Programme! Once again, you will be able to experience six plays in six days. In our main auditorium you will be able to watch four big productions including the smash-hit musical Sunshine on Leith and Noises Off, on its 40th Anniversary!

“For the first time in Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s history, we will have a studio theatre where you will be able to see three cracking new plays. We will also build on the success of our 2021 outdoor summer season and premiere two new productions in our amphitheatre, concerts in the grounds and a family extravaganza on the riverbank alongside our Peter Rabbit Experience in PFT’s Explorers garden. The entire programme Inside and Outside will be supported by our continued work Online.

“This season we will also collaborate with Capital Theatres, Watford Palace Theatre and Stellar Quines Theatre Company to make three of our summer productions. This will enable us to reach even more audiences across the UK and to continue to share Pitlochry with the world and the world with Pitlochry.

“The commitment from audiences, artists, and participants to Pitlochry Festival Theatre over the past two years has been incredible. We really do want PFT to continue to be a haven where we can continue to celebrate life and make sense of the world. I hope the programme offers an exciting return inside to experience important plays, fun drama, and joyful stories with each other. A big thank you to everyone for sticking with us. I look forward to seeing everyone Onside, Outside and Online in 2022!”

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