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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Sister Act The Musical | Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

"A heavenly revival blessed with joyful and soulful performances!"

Based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act The Musical swung into Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre this week for it’s first Scottish run of their UK Tour.

Self-described as “A Divine Musical Comedy”, we are witness to the familiar story of Deloris Van Cartier as she finds herself hiding out in a convent because of witnessing her lover and mob boss commit a murder.

With powerhouse vocals and a commanding stage presence, Landi Oshinowo performed Deloris’ diva-isms perfectly. Lesley Joseph’s brought the dry wit and audience giggles with her portrayal of the no nunsense Mother Superior.

The characters were superbly cast with each having their own time to shine.

Differing from the film, the musical is set in the 1970s where Disco was front and centre, as we enjoyed songs such as ‘Fabulous, Baby!’, ‘Raise Your Voice’, and the headline hit ‘Take Me To Heaven’.

And true to the grandiose of theatreland, the sets and costumes were glitzier and more glamourous than you’d expect.

Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy was a heavenly revival blessed with joyful and soulful performances!


📸 Production Images by Mark Senior

🎥 Reel by Jenna's Jamboree



Capital Theatres presents world-class shows to entertain and inspire audiences of all ages.

Their three venues; Festival Theatre (1,915 seats), King’s Theatre (1,300 seats) and The Studio (155 seats) host over 700 performances each year with a broad and inclusive programme featuring the very best in drama, dance, musical theatre, live music, comedy and pantomime.

In the last year alone, they have staged a series of co-productions including James IV - Queen of the Fight, Sunshine on Leith and festive early years commissions, including, The Enormous Christmas Turnip, and The Gift and The Unexpected Gift with Barrowland Ballet, an inclusive piece for young people with complex needs. Their new artist development strand is being piloted called Open@The Studio.

Much of their programme is exclusive to their venues in Scotland, providing the only opportunity for audiences to see the biggest shows touring north of the border, the best in international contemporary dance and the latest productions from leading local and national companies.

Capital Theatres support access to the arts for everyone and have an extensive creative engagement programme of talks, workshops and events to introduce and develop engagement and interest in the heritage of their buildings and all areas of live performance.

Capital Theatres are a registered Scottish charity (SC018605) and their theatres and their programme are supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.


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