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Eden Court Fully Reopens With Autumn Season of Live Theatre

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This Autumn, Eden Court fully reopens the Empire Theatre to full capacity live performance, with major productions on stage including 9 – 5, Chicago, The Midnight Bell and the triumphant return of the Pantomime.

Eden Court has been open 7 days a week from Monday 13th September where the Empire Theatre once again is alive with jaw-dropping spectacle and full capacity audiences.

Since closing the theatre’s performance spaces in March 2020, the full return to live performance is a significant moment for the organisation following the immense challenges that the pandemic has brought.

A broad range of dance, drama, musical theatre and ballet will bring internationally-acclaimed talent to the Highlands and will ensure Inverness audiences will be spoilt for choice with options for a night out at the theatre.    

With an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical finally reaches Inverness, direct from the West End. 

Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell explores the dazzling underbelly of 1930’s London life in a dance theatre event full of pathos, humour and thwarted romance.

Chicago dives into the decadent 1920’s, with a sexy, sassy score delivering murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery, with one show-stopping song after another and choreography by the legendary Bob Fosse.

After a very sizeable hole in last year’s festive events calendar, Eden Court’s beloved Pantomime promises to be an absolute ball this year, with a Cinderella packed full of side-splitting slapstick, spectacular scenery, breath-taking costumes, stunning special effects and fabulous song and dance routines.

Eden Court will also host major new productions from Scotland’s acclaimed national companies.

National Theatre of Scotland’s The Enemy is a radical re-imagining of the classic Henrik Ibsen play about truth, power and deception from Kieran Hurley, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter of the critically acclaimed Scottish indie film Beats.

Supported by Scottish Opera’s ‘Play A Supporting Role’ Appeal, The Gondoliers sees Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director at State Opera South Australia, team up with designer Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016) to stage a production that is fast, furious and full of fun.

Scottish Ballet returns with two enchanting productions; the Gene Kelly-choreographed Starstruck immersed in 1960’s Paris and winter family favourite The Nutcracker.

Beyond the Autumn season, 2022 productions include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rock of Ages and legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show. 

James Mackenzie-Blackman, Chief Executive, Eden Court, said:

“Returning to a seven-day opening, and returning live performance to our stages after over 500 days, is an important and emotional moment for myself and all my team.

“There were moments during the pandemic when the very future of Eden Court was in doubt.

“Our combined, tireless, efforts mean we can now reopen fully.

“Our future success really is though in the hands of our audiences.

“We have programmed an exceptional Autumn and Winter season of productions, films and community classes and we need everyone who knows Eden Court, and indeed those who are yet to give us a try, to come.

“Every single ticket sold helps Eden Court’s recovery and we need everyone to play their part.”

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