A wonderfully warm hug of a show, perfectly produced and performed – and you know you’re gonna be humming the tunes all the way out of the theatre.
Raw in delivery and driven by big emotions, Sunshine on Leith returns to Edinburgh in a tough new version produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse which retains the heart of the original 2007 musical while bringing it right up to date.
Humourous and heartfelt, Sunshine on Leith is utterly joyous. It is everything I want from my musical theatre and I couldn’t recommend it more.
As the middle section of the trilogy that begins with The Slab Boys, some may expect this to provide problems of accessibility as a stand-alone piece. However, it tends to amplify rather than progress the characters and concerns of the first play, and can easily be watched without knowledge of its predecessor.
Professional pantomime is not the place to go for new theatrical techniques or stunning insights into the human condition.
Instead, what should be expected is a sequence of familiar routines done as well as they can possibly be. This is what is achieved by this year’s King’s effort, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, featuring the established team of Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott.