Edinburgh Fringe First winner Who's Harry? opens the Pleasance Space studio theatre on Oct. 23. The only problem is that the studio theatre doesn't yet have its license, so Who's Harry? has been redirected, at incredibly short notice, to be performed on the Pleasance's main stage instead of the 54-seat studio theatre.
This is every director's — and designer's and lighting director's — worst nightmare, but the creative team and cast of the show have risen to the occasion in the best showbiz style.
The Oct. 23 performance is the official launch of the studio (although it isn't open, it can at least be viewed), but the press were invited to attend performances beginning Oct. 21 — originally, a little ways into the run but, due to the change of theatre, the show's very first performance — and both the Evening Standard and Metro have given it rave reviews, picking out the performance of actor/dancer Stuart Burt in particular.
Reacting to this, director Pip Pickering said: "The overnight transfer of the show from one space to a much larger one was an extraordinary experience. The show had less than half the technical rehearsal time that it needed, and I think the fact that it's happened so successfully is testament to the theatre's brilliant production team."
Who's Harry? runs until Nov. 9.