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“Sittin’ on top of the world” Captivate Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2022!

Acclaimed Edinburgh based company Captivate Theatre have confirmed there full scale return to the Fringe Festival of 2022 with the major news there taking over their home of The Rose Theatre the city Centre venue for the entire 2022 festival to continue there aim of celebrating and elevating talent from within the city and beyond.

Captivate Theatre debuted at the 2012 Fringe to sell out audiences and critical acclaim for their programme of large scale musicals, intimate dramas, comedies and children’s Shakespeare’s shows.

Originally homed in Broughton High School the company moved to the Famous Spiegel tent in 2014 seeing their reputation soar to new heights with a sell out production of the ever popular Sunshine on Leith which would sell out the Spiegel tent in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 2017 saw Captivate make the beautiful Rose Theatre there home, for the subsequent three festivals working with the legendary team at the Gilded Balloon as venue producers. 2020 saw the first cancellation of the entire Festival due to the Covid pandemic, however Captivate teamed with Gilded Balloon in 2021 for a production of “Sunshine on Leith” staged outdoors for the first time at the Multistory venue in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle itself.  Now the company which see’s hundreds of performers from across Edinburgh and the Lothian’s take to the stage each summer are bringing their full programme back and running the Rose Theatre Venue itself!

Company Founder, Owner & Artistic Director Sally Lyall

Speaking to Scotsgay arts, Sally Lyall – Founder, Owner & Artistic Director said “It’s an incredibly exciting, if a little scary, move for us.  We are programming the main theatre from morning to late night and have many fantastic shows to suit everybody.  Over two hundred local children and adults will be involved on stage, back stage, front of house and in the bands.  It will be a fantastic experience for all involved and the audiences.  The Rose is a fantastic venue in the heart of the city with the fantastic Rose Café and bars to hang out in.  We want to create a real buzz about the place and can’t wait to get started.”

The Rose Theatre is owned by theatrical entrepreneur Peter Schaufuss, who recently confirmed plans to revive St Stephens Church in Stockbridge which will see a brand new production of “Hamlet” featuring the legendary Sir Ian McKellen as the jewel of its Fringe programme.  Schaufuss an ardent supporter of the arts in Edinburgh beyond the Fringe spoke to Scotsgay arts saying “I’m thrilled to provide a space for Captivate Theatre to call ‘home’ for this year’s festival. Captivate Theatre continues to be one of the most exciting local theatre companies to bring opportunities to local performers within the vast Fringe landscape.”

Captivate Theatre’s annual Fringe programme draws together hundreds of children, a dedicated adult cast along with a wealth of musicians, technicians, wardrobe, back stage and front of house teams in a collaborative exploration of the arts that has seen many of its members enter the professional industry including Michael Fraser, Arts Producer who gained his first opportunities in the arts from the company and as says “Captivate Theatre and Sally Lyall are the reason I found my love for theatre and fringe. It’s thanks to the opportunities proved by them, as a boy from Gorgie, that I am now able to call this industry home. I’m delighted to come back to where I started and support Sally with this next step in the company’s journey.”

Lyall Joined by cast members from across the 2022 Productions.

The 2022 programme from Captivate will feature, Sunshine on Leith, the companies, five star, vibrant, energetic, emotional, sell out production will come to the Rose Theatre for the first time.

Smashing Shakespeare Primary Times Children’s Choice Award Winner written by company directors Sally Lyall and Tommie Travers. Brave Macbeth, Juliet and Her Romeo tell the bard’s tales through comedy and song promising fun for all the family.

Oliver! This classic musical tale returns to the Rose and features a stunning performance from Scottish Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Alumni Charlie Munro who will be joined by a stellar cast.

Shrek the Musical “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…”  Captivate all new production tells the story of everyone’s favourite ogre in their own original style.

The Addams Family their spooky and their cookie! One of the companies’ summer school productions with an extremely talented young cast taking centre Stage. We Will Rock You young@part the second of the companies summer school productions. Which will see an incredibly talented all female cast take to the Rose Theatre Stage.

One Man Two Guvnors Following a successful run in the Spring at Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre, the company revive this multi award winning comedy play for a Fringe Run.

Perfect Forth Captivates, critically acclaimed,  A-Cappella group present Athena,  a high-octane blend of original music based around the mythology of the Greek gods, accompanied by well-known, rearranged songs that you know and love.

Big Band Does… Two late night shows are promised from this Edinburgh based company, Big Bad Does… Broadway and DIVAS: From Stage To Screen will be ending each night of the Fringe with a bang! Following their 5 star, sell out debut in 2019 they are being hosted by Captivate Theatre in their new home of the Rose Theatre.


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