IT is a familiar name during the Fringe, however, with a new all year round home on Rose Street, the Gilded Balloon has launched its first Winter Programme as part of this year’s Edinburgh Christmas.
Billed as ‘a brand-new, year-round home for comedy, theatre and cabaret right in the heart of the city’s West End’ the Rose Theatre’s inaugural season sees Morag Fullarton’s critically-acclaimed, sell-out show A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline come to the venue’s Main Theatre.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Edinburgh audiences will get the chance to see Gail Watson’s virtuoso performance in this fantastic new venue,” says Fullarton, who is artistic director of A Play, A Pie and A Pint.
A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline, is a celebration of the legendary singer’s life.
From her humble beginnings in the Hillbilly dance halls of Virginia, to her eventual rise to fame in the early sixties, the production will see tour de force Gail Watson reprise her role as Patsy, performing ‘with breath-taking accuracy’ Cline’s greatest hits, including Crazy, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight.
Watson, who starred in Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas at the Rose in August, will lead the cast and theatre goers can expect to receive a wee bottle of wine with every ticket.
“After an amazing Fringe debut, Katy and I are delighted to be presenting a year-round programme. The fabulous A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline will be the first of much, much more to come,” promises Karen Koren, Artistic Director of Gilded Balloon.
Other festive highlights at the Rose Theatre include Fred MacAulay’s In Conversation.
A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline, Main Theatre, The Rose Theatre, Rose Street, until 30 December, 8pm (matinees 5.30pm), £22.50-£24 (tickets include a wee bottle of wine, 0131-622 6552