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Son of a Preacher Man

Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them… Read more …

Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.

Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of The Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.

The critical consensus

With the iconic music of Dusty Springfield this show could have been a lot of fun. However, her songs are lost amongst the utter shambles of a script. An excellent cast is the only redeemable thing about this production.

**(*)(*)(*)Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 18/10/2017

From now until July 2018 no part of the UK is to be spared this touring show. Can things improve? As Dusty would have it, here’s “wishin’ and hopin’”.

**(*)(*)(*)Ken Wilson, The Wee Review, 18/10/2017

A real shame and a wasted opportunity to mould Dusty's soulful songs into a straightforward plot that showcases how we all just want to be loved and not lonely.

**(*)(*)(*)Lindsay Corr, Edinburgh Guide, 19/10/2017

If you’re a Dusty Springfield fan then by all means go and watch the show. The music provides a real nostalgic factor that anyone who remembers the 60s will love. It’s just unlikely that Son of a Preacher Man will be thought of as a ground-breaking musical any time soon.

***(*)(*)Sarah Moyes, All Edinburgh Theatre, 18/10/2017

Kindly but unconvincing yarn.

**(*)(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 20/10/2017

Lifeless, tasteless and soulless. It ultimately leaves you “wishing and hoping” you were anywhere else.

**(*)(*)(*)Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub, 08/05/2018

Where and when?

King's Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday October 17, 2017, until Saturday October 21, 2017. More info:

King's Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday May 8, 2018, until Saturday May 12, 2018. More info:

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