The Proclaimers and Stephen Greenhorn’s hit musical ‘Sunshine On Leith’ will be the final production to run at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre ahead of closure for its transformative £25m re-development. The production is a co-production between Capital Theatres and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. ‘Sunshine on Leith’ is both a funny and moving story about Davy and Ally, two soldiers from Edinburgh returning to their hometown after serving in war-torn countries, who are questioning what ‘home’ really means. This is a fresh new production of an audience favourite which is sure to delight yet again. Features hits ‘I’m On My Way’, ‘Letter from America’, ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ and of course the title song ‘Sunshine on Leith’.
‘Sunshine on Leith’s cast is led by Keith Jack and Connor Going, playing fellow service members and best friends Ally and Davy. Starring alongside them are Scottish singer Alyson Orr (Cinderella, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow) as Jean, Rhiane Drummond (Dreamgirls and 9-5, West End and Heathers, UK Tour) as Yvonne, Blythe Jandoo (Wizard of Oz, Sheffield Crucible and appearing in the films Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Walt Disney Pictures) as Liz, Meg Chaplin (Arrival, imPOSSIBLE and The Midnight Child, UK Tour), Keith Macpherson (Stan and Ollie, BBC Films and Donald and Benoit, Pitlochry Festival Theatre) and Rachael McAllister (A Christmas Carol, Pitlochry Festival Theatre) as husband-and-wife Rab and Hazel.
The cast is completed by Jessica Brydges (Peter Pan, Maltings Theatre); Richard Colvin (Sunshine on Leith, UK tour and A Christmas Carol, Bolton Octagon), Anna Fordham (The Borrowers, Watermill Theatre and The Athena, Sky), James Hudson (The Choir of Man, West End and Saturday Night Fever, West End/UK Tour), Edinburgh actor Kit Orton (Oliver, Watermill Theatre) and making his professional stage debut Richie Spencer.
Directed by Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman (Summer Holiday, The Adventures with the Painted People and Faith Healer, Pitlochry Festival Theatre) and the Theatre’s Associate Director Ben Occhipinti (Wind in the Willows, Pitlochry Festival Theatre), designed by Adrian Rees, lighting by Kate Bonney, musical direction by Richard Reeday, sound by Calum Paterson, costume design by Julie Carlin, and movement by Lesley Hutchison.
Fiona Gibson, Chief Executive of Capital Theatres had this to say about the Old Lady of Leven Street’s final production before bowing out for a few years:
“We’re beyond excited to be co-producing Sunshine on Leith with Pitlochry Festival Theatre as the King’s final show before its transformational redevelopment and today we welcome our fantastic cast to visit the theatre and take a wee tour around Leith. For Capital Theatres, producing this show expands on our ambition to be at the heart Scotland’s theatre community, developing Scottish talent – which this cast is brimming with. Sunshine on Leith will also be a fitting swan-song to The King’s as we know it, before it re-emerges as a re-invigorated world-class theatre and thriving community hub.”
The Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Elizabeth Newman had this to say about the exciting co-production:
“I’ve wanted to make Stephen Greenhorn’s fantastic Scottish musical (with many classics from The Proclaimers) for years. It is an uplifting, hopeful story about family, responsibility, and love. And the musical itself is the perfect blend of singing, drama, music, and dancing.
This will be a brand-new production performed by an incredibly talented Ensemble of actor-musicians and it’s being made by a brilliant creative team at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Capital Theatres. I am looking forward to co-directing with Ben Occhipinti, as both of us have greatly missed making memories with audiences. After everything that has happened, this wonderful musical offers us the chance to really celebrate life.”
‘Sunshine On Leith’ will run from Tue 7 to Sat 18 June 2022 at the Edinburgh King’s Theatre, and from 7th till 18 June, then continuing from 24th June till 1st October 2022 at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
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