White Christmas for Edinburgh

Dec 16 2019 | By More

Playhouse to host Irving Berlin classic in Xmas 2020

The West End production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be blowing into the Edinburgh Playhouse for the Festival season 2020/2021, with tickets now on sale, Monday 16 December 2019.

The production originated at the Curve in Leicester in Christmas 2018 and is currently playing the Dominion West End with Danny Mac, Dan Burton and Danielle Hope. It will play a limited season at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 15 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021.

The cast of White Christmas at the Dominion, Christmas 2019.

The Curve production is directed by theatre’s artistic director Nikolai Foster and uses new choreography by Stephen Mear who has two Oliviers – for Hello Dolly! and his co-choreographic work with Sir Matthew Bourne on Mary Poppins.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is adapted from the 1954 movie. The book by David Ives and Paul Blake follows the plot closely with a couple of additions from the Berlin song cannon, and was first staged in 2000 with choreography by Randy Skinner.

The back-stage musical follows Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, two old US army buddies turned Broadway stars, who attempt to help out their old commanding officer General Waverly while coping with romantic misunderstandings involving the singing Haynes sisters.

A production using Skinner’s choreography has played Edinburgh twice. In 2007 at the Playhouse with Neighbours star Craig McLachlan, ex-Dallas star, Ken Kercheval and Judy Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft. It returned to the Festival Theatre in 2013 (★★★★☆ Warm and glitzy) with a cast including The Bill’s Graham Cole and Coronation Street star Wendi Peters.

Bersides Mear’s new choreography, the Curve production has set design by Michael Taylor and costumes by Diego Pitarch. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Tom Marshall. Orchestrations are by Larry Blank with new musical arrangements by Jason Carr.

Casting for the 2020/2021 revival at the Edinburgh Playhouse will be announced at a later date.


White Christmas
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Tuesday 15 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021
Evenings: Tue 14 – Sat 19, Wed 23, Sat 26, Teu 29/Wed 30, Sat 2: 7.30pm.
Matinees: Thurs 16, all Sats, Weds 23: 2.30pm; Tue 29: 2pm.
All Suns & Thurs 24: 1pm & 5pm.
Tickets and details: Book here.


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