Posted: 03 Mar 2018 04:51 AM PST
The latest on snow-affected performances in Edinburgh
After the disruptions of the week, most productions will be going ahead this weekend, although the knock-on effect of the snow is that SLO is opening Hello Dolly! at the King’s a day later than planned.
There are also extra performances over the weekend for Our Country’s Good at Bedlam (Sat: 2pm) and for Dogfight at the Biscuit Factory (Sun: 7.30pm).
Hello Dolly! was intended to open on Tuesday, running through to Saturday. It will now open on Wednesday 7 March at 7.30pm. It runs five performances to Saturday, including a Saturday matinee.
The company had to cancel rehearsals and costume calls for safety reasons, and the opening has also been affected by the logistics of getting scenery and costumes to Edinburgh.
The theatre is contacting those who booked through them. The SLO box office is working through the Tuesday bookers. Anyone with a Tuesday ticket can now exchange this for another performance for the same price.
The only full cancellation on Saturday is at the Traverse, where today’s performance (Sat 3 Mar, 7.30pm) of TuTuMucky / RITUALIA has been cancelled. Customers do not need to do anything at this stage as full refunds will be made shortly.
Flight goes ahead
The Traverse admin office and box office will remain closed today, although tickets for future shows may still be purchased through its website and the bar will be open from 2pm.
At the Festival Theatre, Scottish Opera has decided to go ahead with its production of Flight, although, due to continuing travel disruption in some areas, the show will be performed with piano accompaniment rather than with full orchestra.
Scottish Opera says: “Much as we'll miss the wonderful players of The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, we hope you'll agree that it's a better option to go ahead with the show rather than cancel.
“We're really proud of this 5-star production and our great cast, and we want to share it with as many people as possible.”
The company is also offering refunds to those who would prefer not to travel to attend. Call the Box Office if you would like a refund.
Shoogly Peg inform us that they are running both shows of Dogfight at the Biscuit Factory today, having had to cancel three shows in the week. They are also running an extra show on Sunday evening, 7.30pm.
And the foolhardy EUTC performers, already fighting through clouds of their own steaming breath at the Bedlam have added an extra matinee performance of their very excellent Our Country’s Good on Saturday at 2pm.
Full Listings for Saturday 3 March 2018:
Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site.
The Biscuit Factory
Posted: 02 Mar 2018 04:07 PM PST
Full casting announced for Proclaimers musical
Steven Miller and Paul-James Corrigan have been announced as the main leads in the Proclaimers musical, Sunshine on Leith, touring to the King’s in May.
The show opens in Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse in April and plays Edinburgh 22 – 26 May 2018 before touring to Aberdeen, Coventry, Dundee, Glasgow and Inverness (see listings below for details).
The duo will play comrades in arms and best friends Davy and Ally in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production which will see original director James Brining teaming up with writer Stephen Greenhorn to “revive and revitalise” the musical.
Steven Miller’s extensive theatre credits include the National Theatre of Scotland's The James Plays and Frantic Assembly's Othello. Corrigan, who is best known for his long-standing role as Stevie in River City, was seen in the 2017 touring production of Cuttin a Rug.
The role of Liz, Aly’s girlfriend and Davie’s sister, wil be played by Neshla Caplan who was recently seen in The Arabian Nights at the Lyceum, last Autumn’s The Sunshine Ghost and the award-winning Adam for National Theatre of Scotland.
Liz’s best pal Yvonne – who she introduces to her brother – will be played by Jocasta Almgill who has most recently been seen in the award-winning production of In The Heights at London’s Kings Cross Theatre and has had various leading roles in the West End's Dream Girls.
The roles of Rab and Jean, Davy and Liz’s parents, will be taken by Phil McKee (Vera, Jekyll & Hyde, ITV) and Edinburgh-born Hilary Maclean, who appeared in many Traverse productions in her early career and recently played Lady Macbeth at Manchester Royal Exchange.
The cast is completed by a strong ensemble of Euan Bennet who was young Horace in The Broons and appeared in Citadel Arts’ When The War Came Home, Joel Burman, Tyler Collins (a brilliantly pliable and lanky Hen in The Broons), Richard Colvin, John McLarnon, Lorna McMillan, Matthew Malthouse seen Singin’ in the Rain in 2014, Emma Mullen, Sioned Saunders (seen in Calamity Jane) and Kara Swinney who was in The Glasgow Girls.
entertaining and emotionally charged
Announcing the casting details, director James Brining said: "Creating Sunshine on Leith over ten years ago was a joyful experience. It's such an entertaining and emotionally charged musical, which explores ideas of home and identity, falling in love and picking up the pieces when it all falls apart.
“Now, back in my hometown of Leeds, those overarching themes of home and where you put down your roots are as important as ever.”
Brining and River City creator, Stephen Greenhorn, created the musical for Dundee Rep in 2007 and it was transformed into the hit feature film starring Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan in 2013.
The musical sees the return of servicemen Davy and Ally from war overseas to be confronted with civilian life filled with relationships, blind dates and commitments. As the pair embark on intertwining journeys in love, they begin to question what home really means to them as they rediscover their sense of identity.
Speaking of the revival, Greenhorn said: “It is fantastic to have the chance to revive and revitalise Sunshine On Leith with James Brining at West Yorkshire Playhouse. It has been 10 years since we first staged the musical in Dundee and I can't wait to bring this musical back to theatre audiences in an exciting new production."
Sunshine on Leith
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