Footloose and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical revivals set for Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2024 season

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has announced its 2024 summer season including two major musical revivals.

The full season includes an exciting lineup of world premières, smash-hit musicals, and acclaimed returning productions.

Running from 31 May until 26 September, the 2024 Main Auditorium season will open in style with a stage revival by Pitlochry Festival Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre of Footloose, the much-loved musical sensation celebrating youth, love, and life, based on the iconic 1984 Oscar nominated film starring Kevin Bacon. The production will transfer to the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2024.

Then in early June, the Theatre will stage a new production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (7 June-28 September), telling the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable career in music.

Later in June, the Main Auditorium sees the Theatre team up with OVO to stage the world première of Sense and Sensibility (21 June – 27 September).  Frances Poet’s beautiful new stage adaptation is based on Jane Austen’s iconic and witty novel of secrets and suppression, lies and seduction, which brilliantly portrays a world where rigid social convention clashes with the impulses of the heart. Sense and Sensibility will transfer to the Roman Theatre of St Albans in July and August 2024.

The Main Auditorium will also stage the return of the Theatre’s award -winning production of its 2022 revival of the much-loved comedy Shirley Valentine (4 July-28 September), Willy Russell’s (Blood Brothers and Educating Rita) heart-warming story about a middle-aged, working-class Liverpool housewife whose life is transformed after a holiday in Greece. The production will feature Sally Reid, who will reprise her acclaimed role as Shirley (winner of the Outstanding Performance Award at the 2023 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland).

Making up the ensemble across the productions are Irene Allan, Lola Aluko, Fiona Bruce, Oliver Cookson, Chris Coxon, Theo Diedrick, tenor David Douglas, Olivier award-nominated Kirsty Findlay, Connor Going, Charlotte Grayson and Nina Kristofferson.

This year’s Ensemble will also feature Signe Larsson, Myles Miller, soprano Emma Morwood, baritone Colin Murray, soprano Colleen Nicoll, Wendy Paver, David Rankine, Sally Reid, Elizabeth Rowe, Robin Simpson, Luke Thornton, Luke Wilson and mezzo-soprano Ulrike Wutscher.

The 2024 Studio season will see the première of two exciting new plays: Theatre’s co-production with Scotland’s Firebrand Theatre Company of Nan Shepherd: Naked and Unashamed (24 May-6 July) and Harry Mould’s debut play The Brenda Line (15 August-18 September).

Finally, the 2024 season will also see two productions in the venue’s picturesque Amphitheatre with the return of Elizabeth Newman’s sold-out adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved classic tale The Secret Garden (12 July-22 August) and a Gaelic and Scots Language version of Purcell’s baroque masterpiece tale of doomed love, Dido and Aeneas (31 August – 15 September).

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.