Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Based among the scenic hills and mountains of Highland Perthshire, the Piltochry Festival Theatre is a visually stunning facility. Once housed in a tent, the theatre is set on the banks of the Tummel River amidst scenic countryside in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. The theatre is one of Scotland's leading venues for year-round theatrical productions, as well as concerts and programmes in theatre and literature. Recent productions at the theatre have included J.M. Barrie's Dear Brutus, the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, and an adaptation of the West End production of The 39 Steps.


Founded in 1951, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. The theatre opened with the British premier of Mary of Scotland by Maxwell Anderson. An original tent theatre was replaced by a purpose-built venue in 1981. The Pitlochry Festival Theatre puts on different shows every night of the week, allowing visitors to experience a variety of performances in a short period of time. Following shows, the theatre also hosts talks with actors for theatregoers.

In addition to theatrical productions, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre is home of a summer series of concerts, year-round workshops and backstage tours. Since 2004, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre has hosted Winter Words, a literary festival and one of Scotland's leading book festivals. Over 10 days in January, authors and other personalities are invited to share their literary works. The event includes programmes for families and children, as well as performances and readings of winning entries. The expanding programme offered by the Pitlochry Festival Theatre also includes a new Christmas festival musical in and an Autumn Classic.


The Pitlochry Festival Theatre is known as "The Theatre in the Hills". The theatre features an auditorium with seating for 544 spectators. The glass-fronted building is home to several summer productions, as well as shows, education programmes and special events throughout the year. In 2013, theatre productions included works by Oscar Wilde, Jerry Herman, Alan Ayckbourn, and Alan Bennett.

The stunning theatre features a range of modern amenities, including shopping and dining. The Festival Restaurant offers theatregoers pre-show meals and interval drinks. The Festival Gallery showcases works of Scottish artists with rotating exhibitions, while books and unique gifts can be purchased at the Festival Shop.


Situated in the heart of Scotland, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre is well situated from major transportation networks. Pitlochry is a popular resort town and a major destination for hiking thanks to its location near several mountains, including Ben Vrackie and Schienhallion. Many of the small town's buildings are Victorian in style.

The Pitlochry Festival Theatre is within a 10-minute walk of Pitlochry's haunting town centre. The theatre is also a 10-minute walk from the main bus and rail stations. Pitlochry is accessible by road using the A9, which connects the community with Inverness in the north and Glasgow and Edinburgh to the south. The theatre can be reached by car by following brown Tourist Information signs found through the town. On-site parking is provide without charge for theatregoers.

Contact Information

The Pitlochry Festival Theatre may be reached on 01796 484 626 or by email at boxoffice@PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com. Tickets can be purchased by email or by calling the theatre. Visit www.pitlochry.org.uk to purchase tickets online or to download a booking form and order tickets by post. Tickets are also available at the theatre's box office or from Just The Ticket!, the theatre's shop at 89 Atholl Road in Pitlochry.

The mailing address for the theatre is:
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Port Na Craig
Pitlochry PH16 5DR