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Let’s Face The Music …And Dance 2022, Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh Preview:

First Performed in 2014 and raising £7500 and returning in 2018 taking in more than £15,500 the team behind ” Lets Face The Music” return in 2022 with the aim of raising £20,000 for there two charities, Leukaemia Care and Lupus UK.

Once again taking to the stage of Edinburgh’s Church Hill Theatre, running from Tuesday 22nd November to Saturday 26th November (Note the production concludes its run with the Saturday Matinee Performance only) Director and Producer Janice Bruce also returns to helm the Song and Dance extravaganza.

Chatting to Scotsgay Arts, Janice gave an insight into the 2022 production saying, “Act 1 will take the audience on a journey through a wedding, the reception and the honeymoon with interlinking sketches featuring sparkling comedy dialog. Act 2 is very much Moulin Rouge meets The Greatest Showman as Circus and Cabaret collide. The show will feature stunning choreography and costumes and will conclude with a festive treat of Christmas songs and special surprise to leave every one in the party mood.”

Lets Face The Music… And Dance has achieved considerable success over its previous productions and with Janice Bruce indicating this could very well be the last curtain call this is sure to be the biggest and best show attempted and with your valued ticket money going to such a worth cause, what can matter more than that! So book those tickets now and head for the Church Hill Theatre!

Let’s Face The Music…And Dance 2022, Church Hill Theatre, Tuesday 22 November – Saturday 26th November (Matinee Only on Saturday) for tickets go to: TicketSource – Discover Great Events & Things To Do Near You

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Edinburgh Gang Show 2022, Preview:

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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Captivate Theatre, One Man Two Guvnors Preview:

One Man Two Guvnors, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Renown Edinburgh based company Captivate Theatre, return to the Brunton Theatre for a run of the smash hit comedy Play “One Man, Two Guvnors” the play by Richard Bean, an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters, the 1743 Commedia dell’arte style comedy play by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni. The play replaces the Italian period setting of the original with Brighton in 1963. The play opened at the National Theatre in 2011, which propelled James Cordon to stardom, and then toured in the UK prior to opening in the West End in November 2011, with a subsequent Broadway opening in April 2012. 

Captivate Theatre is rightly respected for his musical theatre productions but as part of their 2019 Edfringe Season they produced their first play “Gregory’s Girl” too much success and critical reviews. The company is also well known to Brunton Audiences with productions of “Les Misérables”, “Annie” and “Oliver” having been staged in the venue’s main theatre. 

Speaking to Scotsgay Arts, Company Artistic Director Sally Lyall says: “Captivate is a local company that brings together local actors, musicians and performers from across Edinburgh and beyond and offers opportunity for all ages.  This is our first play out with the fringe and what a fantastic play it is.  The cast is extremely talented, and I guarantee a hilarious night at the theatre.” 

The Brunton’s spokesperson adding: “We are thrilled Captivate Theatre is bringing this exciting new production of Richard Bean’s hilarious play to The Brunton. We are proud to be championing the best of local theatre this season and are looking forward to another great production by one of Edinburgh’s best amateur companies.” 

One Man is a play that packs in physical comedy and an emotional under tone and given recent times, there has been little to laugh about which makes the timing of this production even more worthy. This is a chance to see a rarely performed play in the intimate setting of the Brunton by a company rightly respected for its unique story telling perspective. So book those tickets now!

Captivate Theatre Presents “One Man Two Guvnors”, The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th March 2022. For tickets go to : https://www.thebrunton.co.uk/en-GB/shows/one%20man%20two%20guvnors%20by%20richard%20bean/events