The cast of Edinburgh Fringe Show CLASSIC! Visit the National Library of Scotland
The cast of the Edinburgh Fringe Classic show! enjoyed a visit to the National Library of Scotland this week. The show sees actors perform 42 classic novels in 60 minutes. The library contains many rare first editions of books featured in the exhibition as well as handwritten letters from Jane Austen and Robert Louis Stevenson.
In the footage, cast members Louis Blair, Althea Burey, Amy Gavin, Robin Simpson and Gareth Tempest can be seen examining the rare books and letters. The Library, on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town, has countless literary treasures and artefacts
Classic! is Manchester’s award-winning Hope Mill Theater’s first Fringe show. The comedy play sees a cast of six races through a host of classic novels in 60 minutes. With lightning speed and multiple costume changes, Classic! takes its audience from Black Beauty to Wuthering Heights via Moby Dick, Treasure Island, and many more…
It features a thrilling script from Coronation St and Emmerdale writers Lindsay Williams and Peter Kerry combined with the direction of actor and director Joyce Branagh (most recently seen in the Oscar-winning film Belfast directed by her brother Kenneth) and puts on a brilliantly funny show for everybody.
Classic! unfolds around a group of actors coming together to break the record for the most novels ever shared on stage. In doing so, they share the stories in extremely unexpected ways: Moby Dick becomes a sea shanty, Jane Eyre is a silent film, Oliver Twist is a film noir, and Black Beauty a pantomime…and that’s only scratching the surface. surface !
The show features music by Louis Ashton Butler and musical direction by Joe Clayton and features a brilliant cast consisting of Louis Blair, Althea Burey, Amy Drake, Amy Gavin, Robin Simpson and Gareth Tempest.
Joyce Branagh said: “The script is hilarious – really catchy – and we have a great group of experienced comedy actors, so it’s all very VERY silly. Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens et al are going to disco dance in their graves!’
The Hope Mill Theater was founded in Manchester by Joseph Houston and William Whelton in 2015. Since then it has placed itself firmly on the Northern map for its ambitious in-house productions including UK, European and World Premieres, many of which have moved to London and toured. Their 2021 revival of RENT received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and won What’s On Stage for Best Regional Production.