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Capital Theatres re-emerging from the Darkness

Capital Theatres Re-opening Plans!

Capital Theatres who operate The Festival Theatre, The King’s Theatre and The Studio in Edinburgh have confirmed they will open there doors from 29 June 2021 welcoming the first in-person audiences to their venues in 15 months.

Audiences can look forward to series of socially distanced performances over the summer alongside enhanced COVID safety measures, working towards a full programme of events from the autumn onwards.

Speaking to Scotsgay Arts Fiona Gibson, CEO of Capital Theatres said:

“After closing our doors on 16 March and ‘going dark’ for longer than any of us would ever have imagined; we’re delighted to be able to welcome our audiences back into our theatres. We’ve worked closely with Scottish Government and the wider theatre industry to ensure that audiences can feel safe, comfortable and secure as they return to the joy of live performance. Our summer programme, using socially distanced seating plans, will build the confidence of audience, staff and artists alike as we look forward to a full programme of events this autumn, bringing you all the thrilling variety and entertainment which Capital Theatres is famous for.”

The Donmar’s Production of Blindness

The Festival Theatre will open on 29 June with Blindness, a theatrical sound installation from the Donmar Warehouse with the voice of Juliet Stephenson. After critically acclaimed sell-out runs in London and New York, Edinburgh audiences will experience this unique event on the Festival Theatre stage itself.  In July the Festival Theatre will welcome  Zog; Caitlin Moran: More Than A Woman LIVE!; Silent Cinema: A Night of Laurel & Hardy; Rosie Kay: Absolute Solo II; all on socially distanced seating plans in line with the latest government guidance.  Looking to August Scottish Opera will return to the Festival Theatre with Falstaff as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The Grand old Lady of Leven Street, The King’s Theatre will reopen with spy thriller A Splinter of Ice starring Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones, Star Wars) as Graham Greene, Stephen Boxer (The Crown) as Kim Philby running from Tuesday 13th July. The kings will then return to its full capacity for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday starring Jodi Prenger running from Tuesday 14th September.

Both The Festival and The King’s will be fully programmed from September onwards. Highlights include Grease; The Play That Goes Wrong; Dirty Dancing; Bedknobs and Broomsticks; Six; Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; National Theatre of Scotland’s Orphans and The Enemy; Stewart Lee and just announced The Cher Show.

The Magic of Panto will Return to the Kings!

Looking ahead to the end of the year, Capital Theatres have confirmed the return of the much-loved Christmas shows; The King’s Panto Sleeping Beauty there is no word on casting as yet but its expected Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young will all return. The Festival theatre will welcome Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker as there festive treat.

Capital Theatres have yet to announce the programme for The Studio but hopefully it too will open its doors soon. After the longest dark period in history, it’s wonderful to see the biggest theatres in Edinburgh and indeed Scotland emerging with exciting plans and a programme that truly has something on offer for everyone.

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