We're delighted to announce a new co-production with Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Sunshine On Leith, which will close the King's next summer. Join us to see the King’s go out on a high before the theatre closes to undergo an exciting redevelopment, reopening in 2024!
Originally written by Stephen Greenhorn, featuring the iconic songs of world-renowned Scottish band The Proclaimers and with New Musical Arrangements by David Shrubsole, this show will be one to sing about - even when It's Over And Done With.
The show will be directed by Elizabeth Newman, the Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, our producing partners.
"A fitting swan-song to The King's as we know it."
Fiona Gibson, Chief Executive, Capital Theatres
"It’s going to be a mighty big adventure"
Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Join us to see the King’s go out on a high before the theatre closes to undergo its exciting capital redevelopment. With a soundtrack from world-renowned Leithers The Proclaimers, Sunshine on Leith is a funny and moving story about Davy and Ally, two soldiers from Edinburgh returning to their hometown after serving in war-torn countries, who are questioning what ‘home’ really means. This is a fresh new production is an audience favourite which is sure to delight yet again. Featuring the hits I’m On My Way, Letter from America, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and of course the title song Sunshine on Leith.
Fiona Gibson said:
"We're beyond excited to be co-producing Sunshine on Leith with Pitlochry Festival Theatre as the King's final show before its transformative redevelopment. What better treat for Edinburgh audiences than a musical which showcases the beauty and brilliance of their hometown to the iconic soundtrack of beloved Leithers The Proclaimers.
"I know that Elizabeth will give it her signature heartfelt direction to create a show full of joy and poignancy, not to mention a great night out. For Capital Theatres, producing this show expands on our ambition to be at the heart Scotland's theatre community, developing Scottish talent. Sunshine on Leith will also be a fitting swan-song to The King's as we know it before it re-emerges as a re-invigorated world-class theatre and thriving community hub."
Elizabeth Newman said:
“We are thrilled to be making Sunshine on Leith with Capital Theatres. It is an important piece for both organisations. It’ll reopen PFT’s main auditorium after it’s had to be closed for two years and it will close the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh before it’s exciting transformation in 2022.
"On a personal note, I love The Proclaimers and I’ve wanted to direct Stephen’s passionate, funny, moving piece for many years so I am over the moon to get to make it with Ben Occhipinti and the rest of the team. It’s going to be a mighty big adventure. It’s also great to be a part of Fiona Gibson’s exciting new vision for the Theatres and we look forward to making work together that celebrates Edinburgh and Pitlochry.”