Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm
Friday 23rd June, 2.30pm
Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Acting students as they present SWEET CHARITY.

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity captures all the energy, humour, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. We proudly present a unique and bold production, based on the original 1966 Broadway version of Sweet Charity – which was directed and choreographed by the inimitable Bob Fosse. Musical numbers include: “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano

Director/ Choreographer – Jordan Langford
Musical Director – James McCullagh

This amateur production of SWEET CHARITY is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Thursday 22nd June, 7.30pm
Friday 23rd June, 7.30pm
Saturday 24th June, 2.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Acting students as they present THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE.

Written by the grand master of storytelling and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is one of the greatest plays of the last century. This lively translation by award-winning playwright Alistair Beaton is a fluent yet faithful rendering of Brecht’s satirical masterpiece and was first presented by Shared Experience at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, and subsequently the Unicorn Theatre, London, in 2009.

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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This amateur production of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Beaton)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Thursday 15th June, 7.30pm
Friday 16th June, 2.30pm
Friday 16th June, 7.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Dance students as they present their final show THE LIGHT FANTASTIC.

Presented by our graduating BA (Hons) Musical Theatre class of 2023.

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Part of MGA’s 2023 Spring/Summer Season!

Thursday 11th May 7.30pm, Friday 12th May 7.30pm, Saturday 13th May 2.30pm

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, LITTLE WOMEN – The Broadway Musical – follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Presented by our graduating BA (Hons) Musical Theatre class of 2023.

Venue: Assembly Roxy Upstairs – 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Little Women: The Broadway Musical
Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein

Directed by Niloo-Far Khan
Musical Direction by Linda Stewart

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI
www.mtishows.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Spring/Summer Season!

Thursday 4th May 7.30pm, Friday 5th May 7.30, Saturday 6th May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

A radical re-imagining by playwright Evan Placey of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, where civilised society meets seedy Soho in a thrilling collision of Victorian England with the here and now.

Presented by our graduating BA Hons Acting class of 2023.

Venue: Assembly Roxy Upstairs – 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Jekyll & Hyde by Evan Placey
Original author Robert Louis Stevenson

Directed by Becky Hope Palmer

Presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Part of MGA’s 2023 Spring/Summer Season!

Wednesday 10th May 7.30pm, Friday 12th May 2.30pm, Saturday 13th May 7.30pm

In this dynamic musical revue, the performers celebrate the music of Jerry Herman, highlighting the broad spectrum of thrilling material he wrote.

Presented by our graduating BA (Hons) Musical Theatre class of 2023.

Venue: Assembly Roxy Upstairs – 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Concepts by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry Herman

Directed by Kris Harding
Musical Direction by Richard Lewis
Choreography by Laura Adam

This amateur production of JERRY’S GIRLS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.
www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Spring/Summer Season!

Thursday 4th May 7.30pm, Friday 5th May 3.00pm, Friday 5th May 7.30pm

A Triple Bill of exciting new choreography, created by three different choreographers, and presented by our graduating BA Hons Dance class of 2023.

Venue: St Bride’s Centre
10 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2DZ

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Choreography by Ian Harris, Bethany-Jayne Dalton & Luis Drake

We are delighted to announce the long-anticipated return of our annual festive showcase A Christmas Wish. Featuring over 200 of our Full-time and Junior School students, this extravaganza of song, dance and festive cheer promises to be more magical than ever after a three year hiatus.

Celebrate with us and book your tickets by visiting the Usher Hall Box Office website or calling 0131 228 1155.

In addition, this show is being produced in aid of the Scottish Association of Mental Health – a local charity that we have been working with to further support the wellbeing of our community.

Monday 19th December, 7.30pm at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The MGA Academy is proud to present our third-year Musical Theatre students for their final production.

Weds 22nd, Thurs 23rd, Fri 24th June at 7.30pm
Saturday 25th June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.


Directed by Simon Greiff
Musical Direction by Simon Hanson
Choreography by Rebecca Wallace
Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based upon the New Line Cinema film
Written by Tim Herlihy

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Rose Theatre

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This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

Directed by Molly Innes, we are pleased to present our School of Acting graduating class in Joy Wilkinson’s ‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’.

Weds 15th & Fri 17th June 2.30pm,
Thurs 16th & Sat 18th June 7.30pm

‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’ is Joy Wilkinson’s ode to women everywhere. In highlighting the vulnerabilities of women in the 19th century, this production reminds us just how far we’ve come – and how much further we really have to go – in allowing the strength of women to truly shine through.

Based on historical research into 19th-century women’s boxing, ‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’ is a fascinating play, featuring an ensemble cast, this is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism, presented by our School of Acting graduating class.


Written by Joy Wilkinson
Directed by Molly Innes

Ticket Price: £15 / £12.50
Venue: Rose Theatre Edinburgh

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The amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Published 9/2/24   9:15AM

Contemporary Elite Intensive - The MGA Academy x WHITE AND GIVAN

In celebration of the launch of our BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Course in September 2024, our Artists in Residence and Programme Leaders ‘WHITE AND GIVAN’ are hosting a Contemporary Elite Intensive on Saturday 2nd March 2024 for the UK’s most promising young talent in Contemporary Dance (age 16+). Attendance is… » Read more

Published 13/1/24   9:10AM

MGA Academy to Host Open Day

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day event this February. Following on from the success of our open day in November, We will be opening our doors on Thursday 29th February once again. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with… » Read more

Published 11/12/23   9:57AM

Christmas Wish aims to raise vital funds for charity

ONE of Scotland’s leading performing arts schools has announced it will be hosting its annual magical Christmas show to raise vital funds for a prominent mental health charity. Taking place for one night only on December 13th at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, MGA Academy has promised that the extravaganza will have… » Read more

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