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SLO, Sings for the Kings

Edinburghs oldest Company kicks off the fundraising efforts!

Established in 1897 with a performance of “HMS Pinafore” at the long gone Operetta house in the capitals Chambers Street, makes Southern Light Opera or SLO as its known the oldest surviving amdram company in the city with a 124 year heritage.

The first five years they called the operetta house home before moving to The Royal Lyceum Theatre from 1901 – 1924, the company then moved to its longest held home, The King’s theatre Edinburgh. Over the 97 years that have followed the company have only broken with the King’s on four occasions (the most recent in 2012, with the Kings undergoing renovations the company returned once more to the Lyceum for “Curtains”)

Its safe to say the company and city connect SLO with the King’s and now the King’s is about to under go the biggest refurbishment in its history thanks to funding secured from the Government. However the King’s must raise the remaining £2.2 Million, therefore the King’s Theatre Redevelopment Fund has been established.

SLO will kick off the fundraising with a run of special shows, not being held in the King’s but at its big sister, The Festival Theatre to allow maximum funds to be raised from socially distant seating. Opening on Thursday 9th and running until Saturday 11th September SLO presents Sing for the King’s.

This concert performance will draw on the 125 year legacy of the company with numbers from previous productions including “Me and My Girl”, “Hello Dolly”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “My Fair Lady” and even “Brigadoon”

Artist Impression of the redeveloped King’s Edinburgh

The president of the company Jonathan Tait says “The King’s Theatre has been intertwined with our company for nearly a century and it is an honour to be able to help them at this exciting part of the theatre’s history. We are privileged to have the opportunity to perform in building that means so much to the people of Edinburgh and we are delighted to be playing a part in ensuring other will get that opportunity in the future!”

Fiona Gibson, CEO of Capital Theatres the Trust that operates the Festival, King’s and Studio theatres in the capital says ” We’re moved and inspired by Southern Light’s commitment to the King’s transformational redevelopment project. No only will Southern Light Sing’s for the King’s be a barnstorming evening of music and dance, it will also encapsulate how much of a treasure the theatre is now to the people of Edinburgh and will continue to be so for generations to come i its new and improved form.”

“We hope audiences will dig deep to ensure the Southern Light will be performing on our special King’s stage for another 100 years and beyond”

With an eclectic programme, large company on stage and a full orchestra it promises to a special evening, so book those tickets now!

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