Pitlochry taking in a Christmas theater performance outside

The Pitlochry Festival Theater has announced an outdoor Christmas experience full of wonder as well as a filmed performance of L. Frank Baum’s much-loved Christmas tale The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, produced in partnership with the Macrobert Arts Center in Stirling.

Adapted from the wonderfully inventive mind of the award-winning poet and playwright Hannah Lavery (jekyll and hyde, Pitlochry Festival Theater and Complaint for Sheku Bayoh, co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, the National Theater of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival) and presented in the beautiful Perthshire Theater Park, the outdoor Christmas installation experience takes place at the Pitlochry Festival Theater in the 1st to December 23.

It’s Christmas Eve, and while most of the children are asleep, Alice has an idea for catching Santa Claus. Instead, she accidentally traps a fairy in her room who tells Alice how Santa Claus was born. Here begins an incredible journey that takes us into the magical world of Wood Nymphs, Knooks and Ryls, from Burzee Forest to Laugh Valley and beyond. This is a Christmas story for the ages, for all ages.

As well as being a safe, socially distanced and relaxed outdoor Christmas setup experience with the chance to meet Santa Claus, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus in a theatrical film that audiences can enjoy in the theater’s outdoor amphitheater in its picturesque gardens. All ticket holders will also receive a link to watch the magical tale from the warmth and safety of their home during the Christmas season as well. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus will also be shown on the big screen at the Macrobert Arts Center on select dates between December 4 and 24.

The cast will feature Michael Cooke (Princess Switch: Switched Again, now you see me 2, Foreigner, Brown Father) as Claus; Rosa Lavery like Alice; Lisa Livingston (Vigil, Believe Me and The Farm, and Lake) as Necille/Alice’s mom; Jane McCarry (Isa Drennan in Still playing, Granny Murray in Me too! and more recently Wind in the willows at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre) as Great Ack; Fiona Wood (blonde bombshells and the crucible, Pitlochry Festival Theatre) as Fairy; and Marco Young (My cousin Rachel, Bath Theater Royal and UK tour) as Knook/Reindeer.

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theater shares that the experience is “a fun, moving and fresh new adaptation for audiences in Pitlochry and Stirling. As we continue to face challenges due to Covid, it seemed important to us to offer a magical, socially distanced outdoor experience again this year which will include a grotto where the public will meet Santa Claus and our amphitheater will be transformed into a woodsy cinema… The story itself reminds us of the importance of love and kindness and why everyone continues to cherish this time of year. A fairly perfect story for the moment, it feels.

Suitable for everyone, from babies in arms to still young at heart, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Christmas promises to be a seasonal treat, brimming with history, music and surprises!

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Christmas Short of 1December 23. For information and tickets to The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus visit www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com and www.Macrobertartscentre.org

From £10 pp – off peak – 1/2/8/9/15-16 December

From £12 pp – peak – 3-5/10-12/17-23

From £13 pp – December 4 & 11 at 4pm

£2 off per person for four or more people in one booking

Festival Friends get a 10% discount and Festival Circles and above get a 15% discount.

In addition to booking a ride experience, all customers will receive the live performance movie for the whole family to enjoy at home, on your TV or other device, as many times as you want.

For tickets, visit www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Macrobert Arts Center – Film screenings

Appointment: 4, 5, 11,12 and from 17 to 24 December inclusive at various times.

Ticket prices: You choose: £4.50 / £6.50 / £8.50

For tickets and more information, visit https://Macrobertartscentre.org/event/the-life-and-adventures-of-santa-clause/