Preview: Guys and Dolls, Edinburgh Playhouse

Richard Fleeshman, Louise Dearman and Maxwell Caulfield are set to the lead a cast of over 40 when Guys and Dolls arrives at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight (April 12)

Having first premiered on Broadway in 1950, the Tony Award-winning show is one of the world’s most legendary musical theatre productions.

A gloriously vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls is based on stories by the renowned American journalist Damon Runyon and follows the tale of a desperate man called Nathan Detroit who needs money for an illegal dice game and his 14-year engagement with glamorous nightclub singer Miss Adelaide. Never one to turn down a bet, along comes notorious gambler Sky Masterson. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown by taking her to Havana for dinner.

Coronation Street’s Richard Fleeshman, who has earnt his theatrical stripes whilst portraying Sam Wheat in Ghost: The Musical and Warner Huntington in Legally Blonde in London’s West End, stars as gangster Sky Masterson whilst Grease 2’s Maxwell Caulfield will portray Nathan. Wicked’s Louise Dearman will play Miss Adelaide and Anna O’Byrne from Love Never Dies will take on the role of Sarah Brown, the object of Nathan’s affection.

Directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, Guys and Dolls features countless uplifting classics including Luck be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, If I Were a Bell and My Time of Day.

As part of the current revival, the show will tour the UK visiting a wide range of cities including Glasgow, Sheffield, Dublin, Bristol and Nottingham later this year. It continues to run at The Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End.

Guys and Dolls, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Tuesday 12 April – Saturday 16 April 2016, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm), from £15.00, 0844 871 3014.

 Words: Amy Anderson