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A comic midsummer fantasy
"Three-act country house play par excellence, good-looking and absorbing revival at Pitlochry features a truly gorgeous arts-and-crafts set by Adrian Rees, with some breathtaking costumes that might have come straight from a Klimt painting" The Scotsman
"A strong production and deeply engagingâ€¦ the cast punched high and delivered a satisfying bit of food for thought with a generous helping of humour" Perthshire Advertiser
Sinister Warren, the country house of the mysterious, puckish Lob, is the venue for a curious summer party. None of the guests knows their host â€“ or seem to have anything in common with each other â€“ whilst Lob himself is interested only in spinning wild tales about an enchanted wood, which according to local legend appears once a year on Midsummerâ€™s Eve . . .
And the guests themselves could certainly do with some enchantment. Jack and Mabel Purdieâ€™s marriage is threatened by his dalliance with Joanna Trott: curious that Lob should have invited all three. Artist Will Dearth and his wife are embittered by their childless state â€“ and heâ€™s drinking too much. An older couple, the Coades, seem comfortable and content, but is it just habit? And the snobbish Lady Caroline is alone and loveless.
Then, on Midsummerâ€™s Eve, as the guests prepare to take an evening stroll, a moonlit wood appears as if by magic on the very spot where Lobâ€™s garden had once stood. Transfixed, Lob reveals that, according to legend, in the wood you get what all of his guests secretly wish for: a second chance at life . . .
And one by one, they venture out into the trees, desperate to discover what might have been . . . and enter a world of enchantment, and confusion, and unexpected possibilities . . .
J. M. Barrieâ€™s delightful, touching comedy-drama from 1917 is full of the authorâ€™s characteristic wit, imagination and understanding. Following our acclaimed revival of Barrieâ€™s What Every Woman Knows in 2009, this will be an entertaining, stylish and magical journey into the woods!
" . . . enchanting . . . a fertile, characteristically unsettling mix of comic whimsy and emotional agony"
" . . . another haunting masterpiece by this strange, sentimental, deeply unsettling writer" The Daily Telegraph
"When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"â€¦ John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.