Pitlochry Festival & Watford Palace Theatres to première stage adaptation of Little Women

Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre are set to join forces this summer to stage the première of Anne-Marie Casey’s adaptation of Louise May Alcott’s much loved tale Little Women

Directed by Watford Palace Theatre’s artistic director, Brigid Larmour, Little Women will open at Pitlochry Festival Theatre in July and then transfer to Watford from October 11.

Published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is one of the best loved novels of all time. 

Little Women cast, Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

By turns comic, dramatic, romantic, and tragic, the book was inspired by Alcott’s experiences growing up with her three sisters.

It is the story of the March family – mother Marmee and her daughters, beautiful Meg, strong-minded Jo, sensitive Beth, and spoilt Amy – as they struggle to survive in New England during the American Civil War. 

Little Women’s cast will feature Rachael McAllister, Jessica Brydges, Meg Chaplin, Anna Fordham, Amelia Donkor, Tom Richardson, Deirdre Davis and newcomer Richie Spencer.

Brigid Larmour said: “Lockdown has had its weird upsides! It enabled collaborative zoom play readings in the ether between Pitlochry and Watford, attended by audiences as far afield as Shetland and Chicago. 

“That led to a partnership to co-create on two major productions over the next two years, and share them between our two theatres, and nations. 

“Little Women is loved by huge numbers of people, from Margaret Attwood to Patti Smith to Caitlin Moran. 

Anne-Marie Casey

“Anne-Marie Casey’s fresh, fast-moving take on this family isolated together at home, fractious and loving, tragic, and funny – took on a whole new meaning in lockdown.

“There is nothing chocolate-box about the show. It’s the best in period drama like Bridgerton, with some of the cheeky humour, and all the heart of Derry Girls.

“An earlier version of this script had two sell-out runs at Dublin’s Gate Theatre, and I think it’s the kind of joyous and engaging theatre we all need right now”.

 Playwright Anne-Marie Casey added: “Like millions of others around the world, I first encountered Little Women as a child. 

“Louisa May Alcott’s timeless tale of the triumphs and tribulations of the four March sisters and the headstrong Jo, who defies all expectations and obstacles to pursue an independent life as a writer, left an indelible impression upon me. 

“It has been a privilege to adapt this funny, warm, poignant, and ultimately life affirming story for the stage.”

Playing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre from July 21-Sept 29 and Watford Palace Theatre from October 11-22.

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