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Sunshine On Leith to return for national tour

A new West Yorkshire Playhouse production will debut next spring

The West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2015.
The West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2015.
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West Yorkshire Playhouse will present a major new production and UK tour of hit musical Sunshine On Leith by acclaimed writer Stephen Greenhorn, featuring musical hits from The Proclaimers.

The final show in the theatre's current space ahead of a major redevelopment, artistic director James Brining (Into the Woods, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) will oversee the production, which runs from 20 April to 19 May.

It is now 10 years since the show first debuted in Dundee, in which time it has been adapted into a feature film. Sunshine On Leith sees the return of servicemen Davy and Ally from war overseas to be confronted with relationship issues, blind dates and responsibilities.

Craig and Charlie Reid from The Proclaimers said: "We are very honoured that one of the top theatres in Britain is mounting the show. We hope that the performances are joyful events for the cast and audiences."

The show will have set and costume designed by Colin Richmond, whose work includes Curve’s tour of Sunset Boulevard, Kiss Me Kate for Opera North and Wendy and Peter for the RSC.

After opening in Leeds the show will tour to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Coventry, Dundee, Glasgow and Inverness.

Sunshine On Leith will open at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 20 April 2018 and run until 19 May 2018.