Capital Theatres has announced that they will open their doors to audiences once again from 29 June 2021. It's been nearly 15 months since theatres in Scotland have had to go dark in light of the coronavirus pandemic; this news is sheer jubilance to those creators and spectators of the arts.
Audiences can enjoy a series of socially distanced performances over the summer alongside enhanced COVID safety measures, working towards a full programme of events from the autumn onwards.
Fiona Gibson, CEO of Capital Theatres, shares,
“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.”
Specifics on the shows to come include:
Blindness, a theatrical sound installation from Donmar Warehouse with the voice of Juliet Stephenson, to open at The Festival Theatre on 29 June. An Edinburgh audience will experience this unique event on the Festival Theatre stage itself.
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 - coming to the Festival Theatre in July.
In August Scottish Opera will come to the Festival Theatre with Falstaff as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
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.
Both venues will be fully programmed from September 2021 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 The Cher Show. All on sale now.
Lovers of panto season will also look forward to the return of their much-loved Christmas shows; The King’s Panto Sleeping Beauty and Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Capital Theatres has both We’re Good to Go accreditation from Visit Scotland and See it Safely accreditation from Society of London Theatres and UK Theatre.
All shows listed on sale here: www.capitaltheatres.com