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Capital Theatres and Pitlochry Festival Theatre to Co-Produce Iconic Edinburgh Story Sunshine on Leith

  • Capital Theatres are delighted to announce we are co-producing Sunshine on Leith with Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
  • Following our Festive Early Years commission of three plays with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Eden Court Theatre; alongside our co-production of James IV with Raw Material in association with National Theatre of Scotland; this collaboration with Pitlochry Festival Theatre continues Capital Theatres’ ambition to have a key creative role in Scottish theatre making and talent development.
  • Sunshine on Leith will be the final show in the King’s Theatre season before it closes for a transformational £25m Capital Redevelopment, with public fundraising continuing throughout the season and through the redevelopment.

Capital Theatres and Pitlochry Festival Theatre present
Sunshine on Leith
A Musical written by Stephen Greenhorn
Featuring the songs of The Proclaimers
New Musical Arrangements by David Shrubsole
Original production at Dundee Rep on 18th April 2007
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International
Directed by Elizabeth Newman and Ben Occhipinti

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Tue 7 to Sat 18 June 2022 Matinees and Evenings available
On sale for priority booking from Monday 13 December 2021: www.capitaltheatres.com | 0131 529 6000
Edinburgh Press Performance: Tuesday 7 June 2022, 7.30pm book tickets with becky.love@capitaltheatres.com

Join us to see the King’s go out on a high before the theatre closes to undergo its exciting capital redevelopment. With a soundtrack from world-renowned Leithers The Proclaimers, 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 is an audience favourite which is sure to delight yet again. Featuring hits I’m On My Way, Letter from America, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and of course the title song Sunshine on Leith.

Fiona Gibson CEO of Capital Theatres in Leith, Photo: Colin Hattersley

Fiona Gibson, Chief Executive of Capital Theatres 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.”

Capital Theatres and Pitlochry Festival Theatre to Co-Produce Iconic Edinburgh Story Sunshine

L-R Fiona Gibson CEO of Capital Theatres and Elizabeth Newman Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Leith, Photo: Colin Hattersley

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) 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.” 

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