Christmas Week Listings

Dec 20 2022 | By More

Shows to get you in the holiday mood…

There is a full card of productions to see in Edinburgh this week before Christmas, with availability for nearly every show (but not every performance) and something for most tastes.

Here’s a full listing of what is on this week, but first a note of sold out performances. It is always worth checking for returns, however.

A scene from My Fair Lady at the Playhouse which has the best availability all week. Pic: Marc Brenner.

The Brunton’s excellent local pantomime Sinbad has sold out every performance this week, apart from the Friday evening performance at 7pm.

The ballet production of The Nutcracker at Rose St Theatre is all but sold out, with availability for the 4pm performances on Tue 20 and Wed 21 only.

Both the big panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Festival Theatre and An Edinburgh Christmas Carol have availability for all performances, although it is limited to single seats in this week before Christmas.

At the Traverse, the 2pm performances of Once Upon a Snowstorm are all returns only, but there is availability for the 6pm performances.

Macastory have added an extra performance of their Jack And The Beanstalk at the Scottish Storytelling Festival at 11am on Thursday due to demand.

Tickets are going well for Magician Kevin Quantum’s Christmas Special at the Church Hill Theatre, but there are enough seats available for a family of four to sit together for every performance.

There is availability for every performance of The Gift at the Studio Theatre on Potter Row, although tickets are selling fast for some shows. Aimed at a 2 to 5 year-old audience, this is unallocated seating, so there are no issues of single tickets only.

There is availability for all performances of My Fair Lady at the Playhouse, as you might expect for a venue with 3,000 seats. However, the best seats have long gone for some performances.


Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Sinbad the Pantomime
Fri 25 Nov – Sat 31 Dec 2022
This week: Eves Mon – Thurs 7pm; Fri/Sat 5pm. Mats: Tue 10am; Wed/Thurs 2pm; Fri/Sat 1pm.
Æ Review: ★★★★☆ Sin-good
Join Sinbad on his fantastic journey as he voyages from Fisherrow over the sea searching for fortune, and finding romance with a runaway Princess-in-disguise. Sinbad’s interfering mammy follows in hot pursuit, along with the evil, power-hungry Mayor. Nail-biting drama, dastardly pirates, riding on the back of a giant whale and ferocious creatures guarding hidden treasure. Tickets and full details of times: Book here.

Church Hill Theatre
33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR.
Kevin Quantum Christmas Special with Guests (Part of MagicFest)
Wed 21 – Sat 24 Dec 2022
Matinee Thurs – Sat: 2pm; Evening Wed – Fri: 7pm.
Kevin Quantum presents some of his most amazing illusions in a riotously fun family Christmas show. Kevin is joined by one of Scotland’s top up-and-coming talents Adam Black – The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year. Each performance features a special guest.. Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sat 17 Dec 2022 – Sun 22 Jan 2023
This weekTue – Fri: 2pm & 7pm; Sat 24: 1pm & 5pm.
Æ Review: ★★★★☆ Reasuringly funny

Mirror, Mirror on the wall – our Panto is the most magical of them all! With the King’s closed for a major redevelopment, the King’s Panto  is relocating to the Festival Theatre with Allan Stewart as Nurse May, Grant Staff as Henchman, Jordan Young as Muddles, Liz Ewing as Queen Malevolista and Clare Gray as Lavinia, daughter of Lord Lucifer. Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848.
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
Tonie Cownie adapts Charles Dickens’ novel
Thurs 24 Nov – Sat 31 Dec 2022
This week: Wed – Fri 7pm; Mats Fri/Sat: 2pm.
Æ review: ★★★★☆ Timely.
Writer and director Tony Cownie brings this famous festive story back to the city of its birth with a guest appearance from Edinburgh’s best-loved Victorian – Greyfriars Bobby… Join us on the snowy streets of the Old Town for a festive comedy as we revisit this celebrated Christmas tale of a miser redeemed. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.
My Fair Lady
Wed 14 Dec 2022 – Sat 7 Jan 2023.
This week: Mon – Fri 7.30pm; Wed, Fri/Sat: 2.30pm.
Æ review: ★★★★ Simply Luverly.
The Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning and sumptuous production – featuring over 30 members of cast on stage and a full orchestra – is a truly loverly way to celebrate Christmas theatre back in bloom! Book here.

Rose Street Theatre
204 Rose Street, EH2 4AZ.
The Nutcracker (Edinburgh Festival Ballet)
Fri 16 – Fri 23 Dec 2022
Two shows daily: 4pm & 7pm.
NB: VENUE CHANGE from St Stephens. All existing tickets valid for the new venue. A new ballet production by Peter Schaufuss of The Nutcracker, with Johan Christensen as the Prince and Katie Rose, leading a company from Edinburgh Festival Ballet. Book here.(only availability Tue/Wed: 4pm).

St Stephens
(Ian McKellen Theatre), 105 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AB.
The Nutcracker (Edinburgh Festival Ballet)
Fri 16 – Fri 23 Dec 2022
NB Show transferred to Rose Street due to delivery problems at the St Stephens venue.

Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High St, EH1 1SR. Phone booking: 0131 556 9579
Macastory’s Jack And The Beanstalk
Thurs 22/Fri 23 Dec 2022
Matinees: 2pm, extra date: Thurs 11am.
Join Ron, Ferg and Claire as they take you on a great big Christmas cracker of an adventure. 55 minutes of Macastory’s Perfect Panto Patter, full all the usual panto fun, excitement and laughs, especially devised for a young audience and their parents. Book here.

Studio Theatre
The Studio, 22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
The Gift
Sat 17 Dec 2022 – Wed 4 Jan 2023
This week: Tue: 2pm & 6pm; Wed – Sat: 10.45am & 2pm.
Æ review: ★★★★★ Magical.
A mountain of discarded wrapping. A lonely child with an active imagination. It’s often the cardboard boxes, not the gifts inside that are the most fun. Is the true gift the joy that can come from the imagination? Book here.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
Once Upon a Snowstorm.
Fri 9 – Fri 23 December 2022
This week: Wed – Fri 2pm & 6pm
Æ review:★★★★☆ Gently Engaging.
Jo Timmins adapts Richard Johnson picture book for the stage. The story of a father and son who live an isolated life in the woods. When one day a howling snowstorm separates them, the boy falls asleep in the shelter of the trees. When he awakes, he is surrounded by some inquisitive woodland creatures – are they friends or are they foe? Book here.


Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.