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National Theatre of Scotland / David Greig / Gordon McIntyre / Kate Hewitt

A newly expanded version of David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s heart-warming and humorous love-letter to Edinburgh featuring original songs.

It’s midsummer weekend in Edinburgh. It’s raining. Two thirtysomethings are sitting in a New Town bar waiting for something to turn up.

David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s exquisite miniature Midsummer is expanded and enlarged with a live band bringing to life its heart warming songs and irresistible humour, in residence at The Hub throughout the International Festival. First staged in 2008 before touring internationally to phenomenal acclaim, Midsummer is a streetwise romcom that turns a midlife crisis into a dance of freedom, and proves that it’s never too late for any of us to change.

Bob is a failing car salesman on the fringes of Edinburgh’s underworld. Helena is a high-powered divorce lawyer with a taste for other people’s husbands. She’s out of his league, and he’s not her type. But with a Tesco’s bag full of cash, they embark on a lost weekend of bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, midnight trysts and hungover self-loathing.

This exhilarating, expanded version of Midsummer from the National Theatre of Scotland places you right at the heart of the action, with a heightened musicality and joyful sense of occasion. Edinburgh-born David Greig is one of Britain’s most respected and admired playwrights, as well as Artistic Director of the city’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. Edinburgh-based Gordon McIntyre is a founding member of Scottish indie band Ballboy.

★★★★★ "joyful tale of wild sex and terrible hangovers" - The Guardian

★★★★★ "a beautiful, mesmerising piece of storytelling that makes you fall in love with the show all over again" - British Theatre

★★★★ - The Herald

★★★★ "Greig's inventive, lively writing provides a strong foundation for an engaging cast" - Broadway Baby

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as riotously funny as it is touchingly romantic

Variety on original version

A joyous romp, part Richard Curtis, part Irvine Welsh

Independent on original version

Contains strong language
Flashing lights are used
Loud noises at the start of the performance
2 & 3 August 8.00 pm
Captioned performance
15 August 8.00 pm

David Greig Writer
Gordon McIntyre Composer & Musical Director
Kate Hewitt Director 

Jenny Ogilvie Movement Director
Cécile Trémolières Set & Costume Designer
Tim Mascall Lighting Designer
Nico Menghini Sound Designer
Pete Harvey Music Associate
Paul Keohane Singing Coach
Laura Donnelly, CDG Casting Director
Aly Macrae Associate Musical Director

Sarah Higgins Helena 
Eileen Nicholas Older Helena 
Henry Pettigrew Bob
Benny Young Older Bob   
Clarissa Cheong Musician
Pete Harvey Band Leader
Reuben Joseph Actor-Musician

Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival

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David Greig


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2-26 August 2018

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

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Supported by

Brenda Rennie

in memory of her husband Donald Rennie