Theatre preview: My Three Angels

My Three Angels. Pic: Comp

My Three Angels. Pic: Comp

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EVENING News Drama Award-winners the Edinburgh Makars return to the stage this week in Sam and Bella Spewack’s comedic tale of three escaped prisoners.

My Three Angels, which runs at St Bride’s, Orwell Terrace, until Saturday, is set in French Guiana around the turn of the 20th century, and explores the interaction between three prisoners and a family of French colonists.

Based on the French play La Cuisine Des Anges, by Albert Husson, My Three Angels premiered on Broadway in 1953, closing after 344 performances.

A year later it was adapted for the silver screen as We’re No Angels, which remained faithful to the film, but for the fact that the three escapees are on leave from the prison, helping the colonists with repairs. The 1989 movie We’re No Angels, starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Demi Moore, was also based on the core story of the play.

Although best known for My Three Angels, husband and wife writing team Sam and Bella Spewack wrote several plays and screenplays in the 1930s, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story for My Favourite Wife in 1940. They also wrote Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), starring Ginger Rogers.

Earlier this year the Edinburgh Makars, who performed Come Blow Your Horn during the Fringe, won the coveted Evening News Capital Spirit Award, presented for best capturing the excitement and invigorating nature of the city’s amateur theatre scene.

My Three Angels, St Bride’s, Orwell Terrace, until Saturday, 7.30pm, £10, on door on the night