Pleasance to host David Hasselhoff, Ray Winstone, and Madge

MOVIE star Ray Winstone, The Hoff and Benidorm’s Madge Harvey have been unveiled as just three of the star names set to appear at The Pleasance this Festival.

Thursday, 17th May 2012, 1:00 pm

David Hasselhoff Live will find the Baywatch star starring in his new one-man show at The Pleasance Grand, from August 21 to 26.

Described as an intimate and fun-filled behind-the-scenes look at his life through media, song, dance and audience interaction, the man recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Watched TV Star in the World” will reveal just how he became the legend that is The Hoff.

The 59-year-old, who also starred in Knight Rider and Britain’s Got Talent, said: “After visiting the Festival last year, it’s a dream to actually be playing Edinburgh this year. Come party, Hoffstyle.”

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Meanwhile, coming to the Pleasance Courtyard is the play Maurice’s Jubilee, which brings Scottish actress Sheila Reid home.

Best known for her portrayal as the vicious-tongued, mobility scooter-bound Madge in the hit ITV comedy Benidorm, Sheila will star alongside Olivier Award winners Julian Glover and Nichola McCauliffe in the story of a married couple who have reached a critical stage in their lives.

“There’s nothing so thrilling as the challenge of a new play – to be the first to tell a new story is so exciting,” said Sheila.

The 74-year-old actress added: “I love the buzz of the Edinburgh Festival. It is the greatest in the world and as I am a Scot it is fabulous to be on home turf.

“All in all, I think my return is long overdue. I was last at the Fringe just over ten years ago in a play at the Traverse and premiered my own show about Dorothy Parker at the Festival, too.

“I also have fond memories of being in the city more years ago than I care to remember with Laurence Oliver’s National Theatre Company.”

Maurice’s Jubilee will run from August 1 to 27.

Meanwhile, Ray Winstone, soon to be seen on cinema screens as Jack Regan in the remake of classic 70s cop drama, The Sweeney, will be in town to champion The Two Worlds Of Charlie F, by Bravo 22 Company – a group of sick, wounded and injured services personnel.

Speaking ahead of the play’s run at the Pleasance Grand, Ray said: “I am so proud and overwhelmed. It is the most moving play I’ve seen for a long, long time. The public should get behind this and be part of something unforgettable.”

The Two Worlds Of Charlie F runs from August 7to 11, during which time the 55-year-old actor – who also starred in the movies Nil By Mouth and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – is expected to take part in an acting masterclass, filming schedule permitting.

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