Fame tours to King’s in 2018

January 13, 2018 | By | Reply More

Autumn dates for Fame: the Musical

Fame: the Musical will fly, high, into the Edinburgh King’s in October 2018 as part of Selladoor’s 30th anniversary tour of the musical based on the 1980 movie, Fame.

It will be the second production of the show to play Edinburgh this year, with EU Footlights staging the amateur version at the Church Hill Theatre next month, running five nights from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 February 2018.

The professional tour, to be directed and choreographed by Nick Winston with design by Morgan Large, will kick off in Manchester in July and is booked through to February 2019.

Fame: the Musical is based on the award-winning 1980 movie directed by Alan Parker, staring Irene Cara and Eddie Barth. The musical premiered in 1988, having been developed by David de Silva.

It follows the lives of a group of aspiring entertainers at New York’s High School for Performing Arts from their first audition right up to graduation. It has endured partly because of its hit title song, but more because of the issues it covers – prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.

Having had its London premiere in 1995, the show toured the following year and is a regular both in the West End where it has had seven incarnations and on the touring circuit. The last professional tour to hit Edinburgh was a somewhat re-booted affair in 2014 at the Playhouse (★★★☆☆ Learning to fly).

The amateur version of the show is well produced – most recently last summer at the King’s from the Beyond Broadway Experience (★★★★★ “Electrifying”). The Footlights production is being directed by Caitlin Powell with choreography from Caili Crow and musical direction from Carey Andrews.

nostalgia

Announcing the new tour, Selladoor’s David Hutchinson promised: “This new tour for 2018 celebrates the 30 years since the premiere of the production and will very much have its roots in the style and nostalgia of the original musical.”

He added: “Selladoor are dedicated to bringing large scale theatre to as broad an audience as possible across the UK and internationally, and we’re delighted to add another classic musical to our ever-growing portfolio.”

Listings:

Fame – The Musical (EU Footlights’ amateur production)
Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 February 2018
Evenings: 7.30 pm; Matinee Sat: 2.30 pm.
Tickets and details: www.edfootlights.com.

Fame – The Musical (Selladoor professional tour)
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ.
Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October 2018.
Times (tbc): Evenings: 7.30pm; Weds, Sat matinees: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details: www.edtheatres.com.

Fame: The Musical UK tour 2018:
26 – 28 July Manchester
Palace Theatre
0844 871 3019 Book online
30 July – 4 Aug Glasgow
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7647 Book online
6 – 11 Aug Llandudno
Venue Cymru
01492 872000 Book online
13 – 18 Aug Blackpool
Winter Gardens
0844 856 1111 Book online
20 – 25 Aug Tunbridge Wells
Assembly Hall Theatre
01892 530 613 Book online
27 Aug – 1 Sept Bradford
Alhambra
01274 432 000 Book online
10 – 15 Sept Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
1 – 6 Oct Woking
New Victoria
0844 871 7645 Book online
8 – 13 Oct Sheffield
Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000 Book online
15 – 20 Oct Bridlington
The Spa
01262 678258 Book online
22 – 27 Oct Edinburgh
Kings Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
29 Oct – 3 Nov Ipswich
Regent
01473 433100 Book online
5 – 10 Nov Brighton
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7650 Book online
19 – 24 Nov Birmingham
The New Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011 Book online
26 Nov – 1 Dec 2018 Aylesbury
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
08448 717 627 Book online
28 Jan – 19 Feb 2019 Shrewsbury
Theatre Severn
01743 281281 Book online

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