An Audience With Jimmy Savile to make Edinburgh Fringe debut

Jonathan Maitland’s box office-smashing play comes to Assembly Fest, and stars Alistair McGowan

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This article is from 2015.

An Audience With Jimmy Savile to make Edinburgh Fringe debut

credit: Helen Maybanks

Having smashed the all-time box office and attendance records at London’s Park Theatre, Jonathan Maitland’s An Audience With Jimmy Savile is now set to make its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The show, which stars Alistair McGowan, Charlotte Page, Robert Perkins, Graham Seed and Leah Whitaker, explores the impact of the Jimmy Savile scandal, and draws on material from genuine interviews, transcripts and TV shows.

Edinburgh theatre-goers will be able to catch the production as part of Assembly Fest, with the show running at George Square Studio One from Tue 11–Sat 22 Aug.

The play received numerous four star reviews following its recent London run, with the Mail on Sunday calling it ‘sickeningly effective’. The Spectator’s reviewers said: ‘This is the best docudrama I have seen on stage’, while The Times said: ‘McGowan is simply extraordinary’.

Commenting on the announcement, Jonathan Maitland said: ‘I'm delighted our play is coming to Edinburgh. The reaction it's had – from audiences, survivors of abuse and critics – has exceeded everything we've hoped for and confirmed my belief that writing this play was absolutely the right thing to do. The success we’ve had at Park Theatre has also meant that we have been able to give a substantial donation to support the amazing and vital work of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.'

An Audience With Jimmy Saville, Tue 11–Sat 22 Aug, Assembly George Square Studio One, 19:55.

This article is from 2015.

An Audience With Jimmy Savile

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