Listings 17 – 23 September

Sep 16 2018 | By More

On stage this week: Mon 17 – Sun 23 September 2018

The Autumn Season is just swinging into life and the folk at Village Pub Theatre are back, not to mention that the first of the big autumn musicals is at the Playhouse and it is opening week for the Lyceum’s season.

First, though, dance fans have their annual treat of the Richard Alston Dance Company to look forward to. Hard to imagine that he’s been making dance for 50 years but he’s at the Festival Theatre for two nights only with a programme that is influenced by each decade of his career.

Sherrie Hewson as Joyce Temple-Savage and Company in Benidorm Live. Pic: Paul Coltas

Sherrie Hewson as Joyce Temple-Savage and Company in Benidorm Live. Pic: Paul Coltas

At the Playhouse, Derren Litten has written a whole new set of Alicante escapades for musical theatre spin-off from the ITV comedy Benidorm.

In Benidorm Live the TV comedy gets a musicals makeover and comes to the stage with Jake Canuso as Mateo, Janine Duvitski as Jacqueline, Adam Gillen as Liam, Sherrie Hewson as Joyce Temple-Savage, Shelley Longworth as Sam and Tony Maudsley as Kenneth.

At the Lyceum, Wils Wilson is directing Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy in which genders blur, boundaries are crossed and the world is turned upside down – all with music (the food of love) as the engine for these bacchanalian shenanigans.

Wilson “saturates this tale of magic and wonder with all the psychedelia and bohemian delight of the summer of love,” using actor-musicians and a score by Welsh Music Prize winner, Meilyr Jones, whose bold and beautiful compositions intertwine early music with contemporary tones.


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
Funbox present Rocking All Over The World 
Sat 22/Sun 23 September 2018 
Twice daily: 1pm & 3.30pm. 
Get ready to strut your funky stuff and turn it up to 11 with Pop Princess Anya, Rock Star Kevin and Punk Rocker Gary (formerly of The Singing Kettle) as they embark on a musical odyssey around the globe in their brand new show – ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD. Come as a rock star or a pop princess – big people too!

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Richard Alston Dance Company
Thu 20 & Fri 21 September 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm.
Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He celebrates his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by one of the world’s finest dance ensembles. The evening centres around Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Rainbow Bandit (1977), Dutiful Ducks(1982) and the beautiful Proverb (2006). The evening will also feature brand new pieces by both Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance.
Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast
Sat 22 & Sun 23 September 2018
Evenings: 8pm.
Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Iain Stirling : U OK HUN? X
Thurs 20 September 2018.
Evening: 8pm.
The Bafta-winning stand-up and voice of Love Island comes home to Edinburgh to explores dinner party etiquette and the pressures on a generation brought up in a world of instant gratification.
Little Baby Bum
Fri 21 – Sun 23 September 2019.
Fri 3.30pm; Sat/Sun: 10.30am & 1.30pm.
Step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursey Rhyme Friends at the world premiere of a brand new live show.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Twelfth Night
14 September – 6 October 2018
(Preview 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
Monday 17 -Saturday 22 Sept 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
ITV’s award-winning comedy celebrates a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for nine series since it first broadcast in 2007, with series ten due early next year. Litten has now written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members as they swap sangria for the stage – after a quick spruce up at the Blow ‘n’ Go!
Islands In The Stream
Sunday 23 Sept.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Tribute show featuring the songs of the Queen and King of country music – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
PPP: Tap Dancing with Jean-Paul Sartre
Tue 18 – Sat 22 Sep 2018
Daily: 1pm; Fri: 7pm.
Paris, spring 1956, where Fred Astaire, the world’s greatest dancer, Jean-Paul Sartre, the world’s most influential philosopher and Audrey Hepburn, the world’s most beautiful woman, meet in a musical comedy about existentialism, the meaning of life and tap dancing your way to happiness… It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!

The Village
The Village Pub, 16 South Fort Street, EH6 4DN
VPT: Post-fringe Blues
Thursday 20 September. 8pm.
Six short plays performed script-in-hand. As a soft landing from Edinburgh’s party month, these could be an after-party in themselves, a lament to the sudden drop in the city’s diversity, or a tribute to the greatest show on Earth. Or they might be six plays expressing relief that the silent disco has finally left us!


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