The historical city of Edinburgh has 9 theatres. The most popular are the Edinburgh Playhouse, Kings Theatre, Festival Theatre, Taverse Theatre and the Royal Lycem Theatre. Here is what’s new in Edinburgh Scottish theatres .
What’s New In Edinburgh Scottish Theatres
History of Pantomine
Did you know that the origins of British Pantomime or “Panto” as it is known dates back to the middle ages. Taking on board the traditions of the Italian “Commedia dell’ Arte, the Italian night scenes and British Music Hall. This produces an intrinsic art form that constantly adapted to survive up to the present day.
The King’s Theatre was built in 1905 and opened in 1906, undergoing major refurbishment which was completed in 2012. Then in 2013 the dome underwent a major transformation – ceiling mural. Painted by renowned Scottish artist John Byrne.
Cinderella opens on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and runs until Sunday, January 21, 2018. The production will once again star Edinburgh panto legends Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott.
Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very ugly sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.
With over 90,000 theatre goers attending pantomime at The King’s Theatre Edinburgh each festive season, it’s never too early to book for next year’s show!
The Edinburgh Playhouse opened as a super-cinema on August 12th, 1929 with the ‘talkie’ The Doctor’s Secret. Remaining a cinema for 40 years it was then saved in 1973 with a petition of more than 15,000 signatures and became a listed building in 1974.Then in 1993 a major renovation took place and the Edinburgh Playhouse soon became one of the most successful Edinburgh Scottish Theatres in the UK.
Today this one of the most popular Edinburgh Scottish Theatres is hosting a number of musicals, singers, comedians and even spiritual mediums.
Direct from London’s West End The Commitments are touring the UK and will be performing at the Edinburgh Playhouse staring Kevin Kennedy as Jimmy’s Da, between February 27th till March 4th, 2017. The UK tour also features many of the cast from the record breaking show’s two- year run at London’s Palace Theatre, including Brian Gilligan who is returning to his starring role as Deco and Andrew Linnie who stars as Jimmy Rabbitte.
Kevin Kennedy won the hearts of the nation when he starred as Curly Watts in Coronation Street. Since leaving Corrie, Kevin has regularly appeared in theatre productions including: Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and We Will Rock You.
It’s 30 years since The Commitments – the world’s hardest working soul band – first burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel. Doyle says: “The Commitments were born in Dublin, moved to London, and are now hopping all over the shop. I wrote the novel – invented the characters – in 1986. It thrills me to think that they will be entertaining audiences throughout the UK 30 years later, in 2016.”
The Commitments Story
The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesiser band – the opening scene has them playing, but ignored, in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.
Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn playing legen, The singer has entered Eurovision, and the drummer has walked out mid-gig and the saxophone player has dangerous leanings towards a jazz career.
The Commitments received huge critical acclaim following the September 2013 World Premiere in London. Opening to rave reviews, it was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation. The Sunday Times awarded the show five stars, saying “The Commitments is the musical we’ve been waiting for. So good, our critic almost weeps”. The Daily Telegraph and The Times both gave the show four stars and the Daily Mail said the show was “a fabulous fun night out”.
Kings Theatre: Anita & Me
Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinner Ladies) stars as ‘Daljit’ in the new tour of ANITA AND ME, with exclusive Scottish dates at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh March 28 – April 1, 2017. Adapted by multi award-winning Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal, directed by Roxana Silbert, with original music by the Ringham Brothers, the production also features a local Edinburgh ensemble including 16 year old Firrhill High School pupil Anisah Rasul playing Baby, Meera’s sister .
This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970’s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life.
Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems? Soon Meena’s world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures.
Anita And Me paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, power cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath.
Anita & Me Reviews
Critical praise for the original production at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2015:
★★★★”Hilarious” The Independent
★★★★ “Very funny” Birmingham Mail
“Entertaining” The Times
“Uplifting, humorous and poignant, Anita And Me is a beautifully staged production” BroadwayWorld.com
“This show has a sizeable heart” The Stage
“Impressive” British Theatre Guide
With lots to see and do in Edinburgh, why not have a city weekend break or perhaps a longer break to explore more of Edinburgh Scottish Theatres. There is a wide variety of accommodation available and after a long day sightseeing/shopping there is nothing better than returning to a spa hotel for a little pampering.
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