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Sunshine on Leith musical revival comes to Pitlochry Festival Theatre and King's Theatre Edinburgh

Sunshine On Leith cast. Pictured in foreground: Rhine Drummond, Blythe Jandoo, Keith Jack, Connor Going. Picture by Greg Macvean
Sunshine On Leith cast. Pictured in foreground: Rhine Drummond, Blythe Jandoo, Keith Jack, Connor Going. Picture by Greg Macvean

Stephen Greenhorn’s musical Sunshine on Leith will come to Pitlochry Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre Edinburgh this summer.

The new revival from Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Capital Theatres will be the first production to be staged in the Auditorium at Pitlochry Festival Theatre for over two years, opening from 20 May to 2 June.

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The production will then transfer to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh from 7 to 18 June before heading back to the Perthshire theatre from 24 June to 1 October.

Originally staged at Dundee Rep in 2007 before being transformed in to the 2013 smash hit feature film adaptation starring Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan, Sunshine on Leith sees the return of service members Davy and Ally from war overseas, to be confronted with civilian life filled with relationships, blind dates, and new responsibilities.

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.

Set to the classic songs of much-loved The Proclaimers, including I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Letter from America and of course the emotive Sunshine on Leith, this feel-good Scottish musical asks the question, would you walk 500 miles for love?

Leading the cast of the revival are Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do and Fame, UK tour) and Connor Going (The Choir of Man, UK tour), 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) as Eilidh; 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); 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, with lighting by Kate Bonney, musical direction by Richard Reeday, costume design by Julie Carlin, and movement by Lesley Hutchison.

For tickets and more information, visit pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com


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