Listings: 10 – 16 Sept

Sep 9 2018 | By More

On stage this week: Mon 10 – Sun 16 September 2018

With the Fringe well and truly out of the way the Autumn season is beginning to splutter into life with a welter of one-night stands on the bigger stages.

But Edinburgh’s two big producing houses have other ideas, with the opening of the Autumn season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Traverse and the first previews of the Lyceum’s opening production of its 2018/19 season.

Leah MacRae - 51 Shades Of Maggie

Leah MacRae – 51 Shades Of Maggie

The Playhouse has something of a double dose, with Leah MacRae returning to the title role of comedy 51 Shades Of Maggie on Thursday with those buff Dreamboys thrilling the hen nights and girls nights out on Friday.

At the Festival theatre, Rob Brydon is bringing his first stand up tour since 2009 to the stage on Friday while at the King’s the Strictly spin-off Rip it Up hits the Sixties for its dance inspiration on Saturday.

The Studio space of Festival Theatre has Stirling-based Theatre Broad,  which is touring Ludus: Playful Love, a double-bill of plays, one serious, one comic, by Clifford Bax fused with music, visual art, mime, song and dance.

The opening play of the ever-popular A Play, A Pie and a Pint lunchtime theatre season at the Traverse is Outside In, by Chris Grady. While Assembly Roxy has a touring children’s musical, Islander.

Of course the biggy opening of the week is the Lyceum, although even here it isn’t quite an opening, but the first two previews, on Friday and Saturday, of Twelfth Night ahead of the opening night on Tuesday 18 September.


Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Sunday 16 & Tuesday 18 Sept 2018 
Twice daily: 11am & 2.30pm. 
Eilidh has never left her island. Every day is the same. Same chores, same people, same conversations. She stands on the cliffs and dreams of the Bigland over the sea. Then one day a boy from faraway is washed up on the shore – and with him, events that will change her life forever. Boldly exploring themes of war, migration and identity, Islander is for everyone 8 years and older.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis 
Saturday 15 September 2018 
Evening: 7.30pm. 
Jason is hitting the road once again in the autumn, only this time, it’s a tour with a twist!! He is headed to new locations across the country and these intimate gigs will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before…

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Rob Brydon – I am Standing Up…
Fri 14 September 2018
Evening: 8pm.
Rob Brydon’s first stand up tour since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Rip it Up – The 60s
Sat 15 September 2018.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Following the smash hit success of Rip It Up Dancing Through The 50s last year – which sold over 50,000 tickets and was acclaimed as the most exciting Strictly Come Dancing spin-off tour ever – Rip It Up brings the fabulous soundtrack of the 1960s to life in an explosion of song and dance!

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Twelfth Night
14 September – 6 October 2018
(Previews: Fri 14, Sat 15 & Mon 17: 7.30pm)
Daily Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed, Sat: 2pm.

In Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy genders blur, boundaries are crossed and the world is turned upside down, all with music as the engine for these bacchanalian shenanigans. Director Wils Wilson saturates this tale of magic and wonder with all the psychedelia and bohemian delight of the ‘summer of love’.
A co-production with Bristol Old Vic.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
51 Shades of Maggie
Thursday 13 Sept 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
River City and Gary: Tank Commander star Leah MacRae, Scotland’s original and favourite “Maggie Muff” returns to the title role of the 50 Shades of Grey send-up, telling the story of loveable Maggie and her search for love.
The Dreamboys
Friday 14 Sept 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
The buff boys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and special guest celebrity performer – Jake Quickenden.

The Studio
22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Ludus: Playful Love
Fri 14 September 2018
Evening: 7.30pm
Four women, two plays, fusing love, loss, lust and life! Theatre Broad present a double-bill of plays by Clifford Bax, one serious, one comic, fused with music, visual art, mime, song and dance to deliver a delightful multi-arts performance piece.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
PPP: Outside In
Tue 11- Sat 15 Sep 2018
Daily: 1pm; Fri: 7pm.
Jay hasn’t left his flat in years due to a fear of the outside world, exacerbated by an endless cycle of TV news. It’s not a problem though; online shopping and his mum are all he really needs anyway. But when a gun is inexplicably posted through his letterbox and two unwelcome visitors come knocking, Jay can’t hide any longer. The outside world is coming to him..
COMMON GROUND at the Traverse
Thursday 13 Sep 2018
Evening: 6pm.
We are delighted to be working with COMMON, an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help working-class artists build sustainable careers in theatre, to deliver their COMMON GROUND initiative at the Traverse Theatre.


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