Sunshine on Leith to Close King’s Season before Redevelopment Closure

Next Summer, Capital Theatres is joining forces with Pitlochry Festival Theatre to co-produce Stephen Greenhorn’s well-loved Edinburgh musical Sunshine on Leith as the final show at the King’s Theatre before it closes to undergo its major redevelopment.

Sunshine on Leith, that had its original production at Dundee Rep on 18th April 2007, and is based on hit songs of The Proclaimers, tells the story of Davy and Ally, two soldiers from Edinburgh returning to their hometown after serving in war-torn countries, and  questioning what ‘home’ really means. This new production will again feature Proclaimers favourites such as I’m On My Way, Letter from America, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and, de rigueur, the title song Sunshine on Leith.

Chief Executive of Capital Theatres Fiona Gibson said “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. What better treat for Edinburgh audiences than a musical which showcases the beauty and brilliance of their hometown to the iconic soundtrack of beloved Leithers The Proclaimers. I know that Elizabeth will give it her signature heartfelt direction to create a show full of joy and poignancy, not to mention a great night out. For Capital Theatres, producing this show expands on our ambition to be at the heart Scotland’s theatre community, developing Scottish talent. 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.”

This collaboration with Pitlochry Festival Theatre continues Capital Theatres’ ambition to have a key creative role in Scottish theatre making and talent development, pouring some sunshine on Leven Street in these continuing unsettled times.

Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) Elizabeth Newman said
“We are thrilled to be making Sunshine on Leith with Capital Theatres. It is an important piece for both organisations. It’ll reopen PFT’s main auditorium after it’s had to be closed for two years and it will close the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh before it’s exciting transformation in 2022. On a personal note, I love The Proclaimers and I’ve wanted to direct Stephen’s passionate, funny, moving piece for many years so I am over the moon to get to make it with Ben Occhipinti and the rest of the team. It’s going to be a mighty big adventure. It’s also great to be a part of Fiona Gibson’s exciting new vision for the Theatres and we look forward to making work together that celebrates Edinburgh and Pitlochry.”

Irene Brown

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