On Stage This Week

Listings for week ending Sunday 29 April 2018:

For next week’s listings look here: On Stage Next Week.
The following week’s listings are here: On stage the following week.
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Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Candide
Saturday 21/Sunday 22 April 2018.
Evenings: 6.30pm.
Napier University Drama Society with Mark Ravenhill’s take on the story of Candide the dreamer who believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But how will his optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century?
The Orchid
Saturday 21/Sunday 22 April 2018.
Evenings: 7.30pm. TwentySomething with a new play by Rebecca Sweeney. Can you map a love story? Can you plot it out in moments and words and looks that last a little longer than they should? And if you could, could you read it?
‘Oedipus’ and ‘Hands Across The Sea’
Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 April 2018.
Evenings: 7.30pm.
The Edinburgh Makars with a varied double bill. First up – A contemporary version of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Then a sparkling comedy by Noel Coward, following a hilariously confusing evening among the social elite when Lady Gilpin (Piggie) is more focused on gossip than her bemused guests.
Clown Cabaret Scratch Night
Saturday 28 April 2018.
Evening: 7.30pm (Upstairs)
A beautifully bonkers offering of Scotland’s finest up and coming Clown performers to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. From hilarious He-Men to supernatural silliness our clowns will alight your April with laughter, hope, absurdity and outrageous clown fantasy.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Captivate Theatre: Sweeney Todd
Thursday 26 – Sat 28 April 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm (Theatre).
Captivate reprise their 2017 EdFringe, “★★★★☆ Bloodily brilliant” production. Barbaric barber Todd and his pie making accomplice Mrs Lovett come up with an unusually grotesque business plan in Stephen Sondheim’s dark and chilling musical.
Eddie and the Slumber Sisters
Friday 27: 6.30pm & Saturday 28 April: 5pm
(Brunton Venue 2)
Catherine Wheels and the NTS with a new interactive show that, with warm heart, songs and humour, explores grieving through the eyes of a child. Meet the Slumber Sisters. An all-singing trio whose job it is to monitor our dreams and ensure that our night time wanderings remain healthy and sage. Armed with an infinite supply of remedies, they arrive to create dreams that will help us through difficult times…
Double Feature
Friday 27 April 2018
Evening: 7.30pm (Brunton Venue 1)
Grant Stott and Andy Gray tour their EdFringe 2017 hit – we said: “★★★★☆ Double the Laughs“. Mikey and Davy are charged with clearing out the cinema where they spent much of their childhood together, prior to its demolition for executive flats. Cue musings on the power of movies, the power of friendship, and the gaps between Hollywood and real life.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
War Horse
Wednesday 18 April – Saturday 12 May 2018
Evenings: Tue – Sat: 7.30pm, matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm; Sun 2pm only.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, this powerfully moving and imaginative first world war drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. Hugh’s review is here: ★★★★★ Magnificent.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
What the Ladybird Heard
Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 April 2018
Two shows Daily: 10.30am & 2pm.
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they’ve reckoned without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird, who has a plan of her own… A new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Creditors
Friday 27 April – Saturday 12 May.
Previews: Fri 27/Sat 28, Mon 30; Opens Tue 1 May.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2pm.
Stewart Laing directs David Greig’s new adaptation of August Strindberg’s play. Young artist, Adolph is in love with his new wife, the successful novelist Tekla, and why would he not be? Charming, vivacious and experienced, she has been his passion, his inspiration and his education.

Playhouse
18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014

Sheridan Smith
Thursday 26 April 2018.
Evening: 7.30pm.
BAFTA and Olivier Award winning Sheridan Smith hits town on her first UK tour.

Traverse
10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Eulogy
Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 April 2018.
Lunchtime: 1pm; evening performance Friday 13: 7pm.
Six years ago Sandy ruined his daughter’s wedding day with a Top Table speech for the ages. Well, the joke’s on him, because now, he’s dead. You are cordially invited to Sandy’s memorial service, where his life will be eulogised. New play by Rob Drummond
Gut
Friday 20 April – Saturday 12 May 2018.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Thurs 10, Sat 12: 2.30pm.
Frances Poet’s new play is a taut psychological thriller that explores who we can trust with our children. And whether it’s more dangerous not to trust at all.

The Village
The Village Pub, 16 South Fort Street, EH6 4DN
VPT: No. 1 Fan!
Wednesday 25 April 2018.
Evening: 8pm. Tickets £3 on the door.
The Village Pub Theatre with an evening of short theatre pieces performed script-in-hand. This month’s theme is Number One Fan!. With fan-fiction from: Alison Carr, Grace Cleary, Sylvia Dow, Sue Gyford and James Ley, all performed with fan-tastic acting from Sarah MacGillivray, Saskia Ashdown, Nicola Jo Cully and Neil John Gibson. Guest direction comes from Tom Birch, Fiona Mackinnon ans Jairus Obayomi.. There is a very strong prospect that home baking will be available.

Wee Red Bar
Lady Lawson Street, EH3 9DF
Valkyrie & Sex, Drugs and a Cup of Tea
Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 April 2018.
Evenings: 7.30pm.
New Edinburgh-based theatre company Twelve Twelve Theatre present their second double bill of plays. In Ronan Jennings’ Valkyrie Europe is at war – Siegfried, a general, and Eloise, a revolutionary, are caught on opposite sides of the conflict, but just how far are they willing to go? In Emma Harley’s Sex, Drugs and a Cup of Tea, a Shrek related drinking game, no clean dishes, and some misplaced bodily fluids result in a fast-paced modern farce with a dark core for four young flatmates.

*NB: This is intended to be a complete listing of all public theatrical productions on in Edinburgh. If you are staging a show which is not listed, or a listing is inaccurate, please get in touch through the contact page, here.