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BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon: The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!

You better watch out, you better not cry, because Jinkx and DeLa are coming back to YOUR town… LIVE!!

Global drag icons and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ stars, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are taking the stage once again in a post-apocalypse-mas extravaganza certain to make this yuletide gayer than ever! That’s right… 

After a year of doom, gloom, and zoom, the Queens of Christmas have risen from the rubble to unearth your favourite holiday tradition with a UK tour of The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! 

The wildly successful, internationally acclaimed Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show is back with its signature whip-smart comedy, brand new songs, and a few perennial favourites.

The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! will open at Liverpool Playhouse on Saturday 13 November and will then play Edinburgh Queens Hall  (Monday 15), Glasgow Platform (Tuesday 16) before continuing its UK tour. 

BenDeLaCreme said: “After a year in captivity Jinkx and I are bustin’ at the seams and rarin’ to go! Waiting for Santa is NOTHING compared to the excitement I feel to be back in theatres, sharing the holidays with the chosen family we’ve collected around the globe!” 

Jinkx Monsoon added: “I’m thrilled to be back on tour with my sister DeLa, celebrating the holidays the way I was meant to: boozed up, bawdy, and on display.” 



For the past three years, Jinkx and DeLa have owned the holiday season with their critically-acclaimed sold-out holiday tours (‘To Jesus, Thanks for Everything’ in 2018 and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is Attention’ in 2019). In 2020, BenDeLaCreme produced her first-ever film under BenDeLaCreme Presents with’The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special’ (Hulu / PVOD), a 60-minute variety special made for the screen. The special debuted to critical acclaim and solidified itself as a global queer holiday must-watch for years to come. 

The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!  is produced and directed by BenDeLaCreme, co-written and co-created by BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon, and associate produced by Kevin Heard. It is presented by BenDeLaCreme presents in association with Soho Theatre and Tim Whitehead.

For Queens Hall Tickets go to: https://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/return-jinkx-dela-holiday-show-live

For Glasgow Platfrom go to: https://www.musicglue.com/slay/events/2021-11-16-return-of-the-jinkx-and-dela-holiday-show-live-platform

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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!

For Tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/slo-sing-for-the-kings

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Edinburgh Playhouse Reopens!

Scotland’s Largest Theatre Returns from the Covid Darkness:

The Playhouse with an impressive 3059 capacity was in the mists of a 25-week record-breaking run of Disney’s The Lion King, when it closed its doors on Monday 16th March 2020 following Government guidance aimed to limit the spread of Covid-19, before a mandatory closure notice was given by the Scottish and UK Governments on Monday 23rd March 2020 as part of a nationwide lockdown.  Now the team at the Edinburgh Playhouse, announces its eagerly awaited reopening date after more than 500 days of closure due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of Tuesday 3rd August, removing all legal restrictions for venues and the capacity dispensation granted by the Edinburgh City Council issued on Thursday 19th August, the Edinburgh Playhouse will open its doors on Sunday 5th September 2021 with two sold out performances. Upon reopening  the Playhouse will have been closed 536 days.  

Colin Marr, Theatre Director at the Edinburgh Playhouse said “I am absolutely thrilled to be able to reopen our theatre doors after more than 500 days of closure.  It has been a very difficult time for everyone and to be given the go ahead to reopen this iconic venue, is an incredible feeling.  I can’t wait to welcome back my full team, our wonderful audience members and the incredible gigs, comedians and musicals that we’ve all missed so much this last year and a half.”

The Playhouse will reopen with two sold out performances of the smash hit podcast Shagged, Married, Annoyed with Chris & Rosie Ramsey.  This will be followed by the award-winning Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5, which opens with our Gala performance on Tuesday 14th September.  Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Chicago the Musical, Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited and Gary Mullen & The Works performing One Night of Queen, Riverdance – 25th Anniversary Tour and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are just some of the highlights to look forward to in the coming weeks. 

The Edinburgh Playhouse is in its 92nd year since it opened as a super cinema in 1929 and has had a few rough periods over its history including the threat of complete demolition, but it was saved from the wrecking ball and has flourished as Scotland’s premier theatre welcoming many productions direct from the west end. COVID-19 has held a long shadow over the venue and its one of the last to announce its reopening plans.  Thankfully from darkness comes the light and long may the lights remain on at the Playhouse. 

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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.

For more information on all productions and to book tickets go to: www.capitaltheatres.com

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2021 Edinburgh Festivals Return:

From the darkness comes light for the Festival City:

After the longest shut down of the Scottish Arts Industry in history, as we all move slowly but surely to unlocking and embracing a better summer ahead. Two of the Edinburgh festivals have announced there plans to return in August 2021. It’s important to acknowledge these won’t be the festivals of old that we have come to love and cherish, these will be festivals for the covid world. We must embrace them as we chart our course back to full normality for our Theatres and the arts industry. So, let’s check out what’s been announced thus far.

The Edinburgh International Festival 2021:

artist impression of the temporary pavillion at Edinburgh University South Bridge

The EIF team have announced a reimagined Festival for 2021, marking the return of live performance to Scotland’s capital city after over a year of silenced theatres and concert halls. Taking place from 7 to 29 August, the 2021 International Festival will use bespoke, temporary outdoor pavilions in iconic, easily accessible spaces throughout the city to safely reunite artists and audiences to rediscover the magic of live performance.

Specially constructed temporary outdoor pavilions, found at three locations including Edinburgh Park and the University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quad, will feature covered concert stages and socially distanced seating to create a beautiful setting for audiences to safely enjoy live music, opera and theatre once more.

The health and safety of the entire Festival community is at the heart of the announced plans for this year’s festival. The EIF are working with the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and other relevant authorities to implement appropriate Covid safety measures. These will include shorter performances with no intervals, physical distancing, regular cleaning and contactless ticketing. They will publish full details of security and safety measures in the coming months.

While the EIF are looking forward to the prospect of bringing the Festival City to life once more, they appreciate that not everyone will be able to attend performances in person this year. To ensure that everyone can enjoy a slice of the magic, wherever they are in the world, they will release a selection of high-quality streamed performances, free of charge, during each week of the Festival.

Since Edinburgh’s summer festivals in 2020 were officially cancelled a year ago, The EIF have received extraordinary support from so many people. As Festival Director Fergus Linehan says, “We are hugely grateful to the artists who have agreed to come on this journey with us, the stakeholders, donors, and sponsors who have stood by us through a tough year and our audiences who have cheered us along throughout. We look forward to sharing full details of the programme in early June.”

Full details of the 2021 programme, which spans opera, orchestral and chamber music, theatre and contemporary music, will be announced on Wednesday 2 June. Priority booking for International Festival members opens on Tuesday 1 June before general booking opens on Friday 11 June

For more details go to: www.eif.co.uk

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021:

The Fringe Returns!

The Fringe Society have announced that show registration for Fringe 2021 will open on Wednesday 05 May. Artists and venues will be able to register Fringe shows right up until the end of the festival. The Fringe’s world-class programme will be available to browse and book at edfringe.com, with tickets going on sale for audiences in early summer.

As Scotland navigates its roadmap out of lockdown, much is still unknown about what the Fringe will look like this August. However, a range of scenarios are being prepared for, from socially distanced live events to digital offerings. 

The Fringe Society is supporting artists and audiences to find and book work online across a range of platforms, including the brand-new Fringe Player. This online platform aims to bring some festival magic into homes across the world, while providing a secure platform for artists, companies and venues to host their shows. The platform is available to any registered 2021 Fringe show or venue to use if they wish.

Any live performance registered as part of the 2021 Fringe will be expected to adhere to public health guidance from the Scottish Government. Audiences can search, browse and buy tickets to both online and in-person work through edfringe.com. More details on individual shows and Fringe 2021 will be available in early summer.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to open registration for 2021. Of course, we’re still very much in planning mode as we await further updates from the Scottish Government, but this feels like a hugely positive step in the right direction.

“Through the work being created across the various digital platforms, including the Fringe Player, artists have a brilliant opportunity to reach audiences and communities all over the world. I look forward to seeing how our Fringe creatives use these platforms in 2021 and beyond.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take place from 06 – 30 August 2021. For more details go to: www.edfringe.com

Final Thoughts,

The announcement from the EIF and Fringe follows on from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo who released tickets for sale for this year’s production in October of 2020. The arena at Edinburgh castle will be socially distanced with additional safe checks in place. There is no word on their programme as yet, however as soon as we get word, we shall pass it right along.

These announcements are a huge sign of light at the end of a very dark tunnel, and while these planned events will be nowhere near the traditional events, we have come love during August in the festival city. It’s a starting point, a starting point that’s a long time in coming.