|Miracle On 34th Street|
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture
Story by Valentine Davies Screenplay by George Seaton
Following the huge success of our previous two Winter musicals – White Christmas and It's A Wonderful Life – PFT is delighted to be staging the Scottish Première production of another great musical adapted from a hit Christmas film: the irrepressibly feel-good Miracle On 34th Street.
In 1950s New York, Doris Walker juggles her job as a senior executive at Macy's department store with raising her daughter, Susan, by herself. Whilst Susan dreams of having a father and a brother, her determined mother is far more concerned with organizing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade – one of the biggest events in the Big Apple's annual calendar – and renewing Macy's deadly rivalry with the city's “other” department store, Gimbel's, in the run up to Christmas.
When her regular Santa Claus turns up incapacitated moments before the parade begins, Doris is rescued by the sudden appearance of a certain Kris Kringle, a genial old-timer who bears a striking resemblance to the North Pole's most famous inhabitant. Kringle's success as a stand-in Santa at the head of the parade leads Doris to offer him the same job in Macy's Christmas grotto. But no sooner is he installed than he starts to behave – well, strangely. And then he claims that he is, in fact, the real Santa Claus . . .
Now spreading a wave of love throughout New York - and creating harmony between feuding department stores - is one thing. But can Kris Kringle also convince a psychiatrist, a courtroom, and the entire state of New York, that Santa Claus is not a myth? And, in passing, make Susan's dreams come true?
Based on the classic 1947 movie, this musical by the creator of The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a sparkling celebration of the festive season, featuring the classic It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. A joyous, heart-warming show, this will be the perfect entertainment for the whole family this Christmas!
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York
Supported by The John Liston Scottish Charitable Trust
"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"… John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.