The Home Season: Pitlochry Festival Theatre

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

As the curtain comes down on another packed season of theatre in the Central Belt, and with the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe waiting in the wings, it’s worth casting an eye over the superb series of Scottish plays currently running at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

The season, conceived to mark the Year of Homecoming, includes the first revival in Scotland since 1983 of Victor Carin’s Scots language translation of Goldoni’s farce, The Servant O’ Twa Maisters, about a manservant who attempts to juggle two jobs, with chaotic consequences. Meanwhile, JM Barrie’s 1908 comedy What Every Woman Knows focuses on a young ambitious railway porter who meets his meal ticket – and his match – in the formidable Maggie Wylie.

Literary adaptations include Jay Presson Allen’s enduring version of Muriel Spark’s classic of sex and power, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as well as the world premier of Whisky Galore – A Musical!, based on Compton Mackenzie’s funny, romantic novel about what happens when the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground with fifty thousand cases of whisky on a remote Hebridean island.

And there are a couple of contemporary classics on offer too, including Liz Lochhead’s Good Things, in which a newly single fiftysomething charity shop volunteer embarks on a new life of speed and cyber dating, and Simon Donald’s black comedy, The Life Of Stuff, in which a gangster exacts vengeance from beyond the grave.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, until Sat 17 Oct. For full details see www.list.co.uk/theatre

Good Things

Liz Lochhead's romantic farce, showing how a woman of a certain age deals with being traded in for a younger model. Part of Pitlochry's Homecoming season that features six plays by Scottish authors. Performances run by a daily repertoire system, with a different show every night of the week. Please see website for…

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Jay Presson Allen's 1998 stage adaptation of Muriel Spark's inspiring landmark novel of Miss Jean Brodie. Part of Pitlochry's Homecoming season that features six plays by Scottish authors. Performances run by a daily repertoire system, with a different show every night of the week. Please see website for timetable.

Whisky Galore: A Musical!

A new musical adaptation of the film 'Whisky Galore'. Part of Pitlochry's Homecoming season that features six plays by Scottish authors. Performances run by a daily repertoire system, with a different show every night of the week. Please see website for timetable.

What Every Woman Knows

J M Barrie's 1908 comedy about the innate superiority of the Scots woman, following John Shand from scholar to MP and his wife's impact behind the scenes.

The Servant o' Twa Maisters

Archie Broon likes a challenge, and he gets one when he ends up serving two different masters who are both staying at the same inn, and becomes embroiled in a farce of mistaken identity, marital mix-ups and shocking revelations. The first revival since 1983 of Victor Carin's chaotic Scots language comedy. Part of…

The Life of Stuff

Simon Donald's deeply funny 'The Life of Stuff', a contemporary comedy about small-time gangster and would-be pharmaceuticals entrepreneur Willie Dobie. Part of Pitlochry's Homecoming season that features six plays by Scottish authors. Performances run on a daily repertoire system, with a different show every night of the…

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, PH16 5DR

On the banks of the river Tummel, on the outskirts of Pitlochry, Scotland's theatre in the hills produces a programme of shows. Housed in a tented structure when it started in May 1951, the current building was designed by James Dunbar-Naismith and…

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