It’s a Wonderful Life – from movie to musical this Christmas
The Christmas movie to define all festive entertainment, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film starring James Stewart, is always worth an annual viewing in December.
Now the heart-warming, timeless fantasy tale has been adapted into a stage musical and the Scottish Premiere opens at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on 29th November.
The life-affirming Dickensian plot is an emotional tearjerker about friendship, family, love, redemption and the spirit of goodwill. With the addition of music and lyrics, this has all the ingredients of a magical, feel good, festive show. No wonder over 9,000 tickets have already been sold.
The narrative in brief: George Bailey has always lived in the small town of Bedford Falls, Upstate New York. Despite his dream to travel, he sacrificed personal ambition to settle down to marriage, children and work in a bank. One Christmas Eve he is faced with financial disaster, but observing his suicidal despair is Clarence, a guardian angel who shows George a vision of his past and the extraordinary, selfless contribution he has made through his wonderful life.
After the popular and critical success of White Christmas in 2012, Artistic Director John Durnin returns to direct It’s a Wonderful Life, the musical. The cast of fifteen actors, including many familiar PFT faces (Dougal Lee, Jacqueline Dutoit, Robin Harvey Edwards, Gillian Ford), is accompanied by a 6 piece orchestra.
To assist theatre goers with travel, Rabbie’s Trail Burners is offering a coach service from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth for matinée and evening performances.
It’s A Wonderful Life runs from 29th November until 22nd December. Wednesday to Sunday. Box Office 01796 484626
Coincidentally it has just been announced that a sequel to the 1946 movie is being planned by Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions – It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story. The film starring Karolyn Grimes, (who played George Bailey’s daughter in the original), is set for release in 2015. However, Paramount apparently hold the copyright licence and no sequel can be made without their permission.