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The Gang Show is back!

Following an enforced two year Covid pandemic break, an Edinburgh theatrical institution is returning to the stage with a brand new production for 2022!. The Edinburgh Gang Show puts the cities Scouts, Cubs and Guides centre stage in a two hour plus variety show, with the onstage company reaching well over 200 strong and the numbers increases with the dozens of adults supporting the backstage and production teams!

For the majority of its sixty two years the Gang Show has been staged in the King’s Theatre Edinburgh with the exception of the 1962 production which emanated from the Royal Lyceum Theatre. However following the closure of the King’s for its long awaited refurbishment and restoration, the Gang need a new if temporary home, therefore the 2022 edition of the show will be staged at the Festival Theatre.

Gang Show Director and writer, Andy Johnston spoke to scotsgayarts.com saying “It is almost impossible to describe my delight in leading the Edinburgh Gang Show back onstage in the Capital.

Since the curtain fell in 2019, all our lives have changed forever – especially within The Gang. Of the 122 members of the Main Gang, close to 100 have never been in a Gang Show before. Add to that the members of the new Junior Gang and we have just under 200 young people who have never performed together – and they get to do it in the fantastic Festival Theatre.

While we are very sad that we cannot perform at The King’s this year due to the refurb, it is beyond exciting to be heading into a brand new theatre with a brand new Gang.

From the very first rehearsal, the excitement and enthusiasm of this year’s Gang has been off the scale – every single piece of material we have given them has been devoured and delivered back to us with huge relish and commitment and with an obvious joy to be back performing after three years out.

There is no show like a Gang Show and there has certainly never been an Edinburgh Gang Show like this – in what is now our 61st show, there are more young people than ever getting to take to the Festival Theatre stage. Indeed, this is the least experienced Gang since the first show in 1960, but given their dedication and sheer talent, you would never know that.

Singing, dancing and joking their way through this show, it is impossible not to be bowled over by their versatility – whether tackling material from sources as diverse as School of Rock and Billy Elliot to songs by Sondheim and Herman; or performing new material about Edinburgh or spoofing classical theatre and topical events – there is nothing this amazing group of young people cannot do.

I genuinely could not be prouder to be back working with the fantastic extended Gang Show team, and whilst this is a Gang Show for today, we also pay homage to our history, while at the same time, giving the youngsters a unique opportunity to perform on the grandest of stages and set Edinburgh Gang Show back on course for the next 60 years and beyond.”

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022, 1st to 5th November, Festival Theatre, For Tickets go to: Edinburgh Gang Show 2O22 (capitaltheatres.com)

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