Preview: Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut

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OF all the gin joints, in all the world, the Gilded Balloon’s production of Casablanca heads off to one in France, but first there’s a chance to catch the hit Fringe show in the Capital - for one night only.

Encapsulating the spirit of the Auld Alliance, Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut tours to Théâtre Déjazet, Paris, next Thursday courtesy of an invitation from Jim Haynes, co-founder of The Traverse.

The production moves to the French capital via a one-off performance at The Pleasance on Sunday, at 4.45pm.

Starring Still Games’ Boaby the barman, aka actor Gavin Mitchell, Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut is a lovingly disrespectful homage to the classic film, which itself was developed from an unpublished stage play.

Join the multi-tasking cast of three in this comic tour-de-force as they whisk you back to a tiny gin joint, Rick’s Café, in Morocco, 1941. In the deserts of Casablanca, the Nazi takeover of Europe is well underway. American Rick Blaine (Mitchell in the Humphrey Bogart role) runs a café bar welcoming any and every lost soul, from petty criminals to refugees looking for safe passage. People like Rick’s ex-love Ilsa Lund (Clare Waugh in the role made famous by Ingrid Bergman) and her husband, resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Barnaby Power in the part originally played by Paul Henreid).

A fast-paced comedy, the production promises to have you raising ‘a Bogart-style eyebrow’, shedding ‘a Bergman-like tear’ and drowning out the Nazis with a rousing chorus of the Marseillaise.

Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut, The Pleasance Theatre, Pleasance, Sunday, 4.45pm, £7.50, 0131-650 2656