Listings 22 – 28 May 2023

May 22 2023 | By More

What’s on Edinburgh’s stages this week…


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

Church Hill Theatre
33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR.

How the Other Half Loves (Edinburgh People’s Theatre)
Wed 24 – Sat 27 May 2023.
Wed – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat Mat: 2.30pm only.

Three couples, two dinner parties, one set and  one affair, with many, many laughs. EPT take on Alan Ayckbourn’s breakthrough farce in this, the company’s 80th year. Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.

The Stamping Ground
Tue 23 – Sat 27 May 2023
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
An uplifting new musical, featuring the songs of Runrig. Together-forever couple Euan and Annie return home, seeking a fresh start for their teenage daughter. But there’s a heatwave in the Highlands and they soon find themselves lost in this once familiar place.  Book here.

Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre
1a Clark Road, EH5 3BD.
Odds, Broads and Frauds (St Serf’s Players)
Thurs 25 – Sat 27 May 2023
Evenings: 7.30pm.

An evening of three one act plays from St Serf’s. Socks by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, which was award-winning at the recent one-act festival, together with Day Trippers by Jean Mcconnell and Gilly’s Gem by Sandy Taylor.  Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848.
Anna Karenina
By Lesley Hart after Leo Tolstoy
Sat 13 May – Sat 3 June 2023
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Weds & Sat: 2.30pm..
Æ review: ★★★★☆ Powerful
Tolstoy’s masterpiece reimagined for The Lyceum stage by Lesley Hart and director Polina Kalinina. When her brother’s affair is discovered, Anna Karenina crosses the country by train to help save his marriage. But on her arrival at the station, a charged encounter with a dazzling young cavalry officer sends Anna on a course of action that could destroy her own marriage and tear her life apart. Book here.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, EH1 1JF
Family Encounters (Children’s Festival)
Sat 27 May 2023
All day: 10am – 4pm.
A series of small interactions and big pop-up performances in the Museum as part of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. See our full listings here: Imaginate Family Encounters Further details from the Imaginate website: Details here.

Old Bell Inn
233 – 235 Causewayside, EH9 1PH
The Worst Kind of Love
Sat 27 May 2023
One show: 8pm.
Showing for one night only, six stage plays, ranging from comedy to drama to existentialism, all exploring The Worst Kind of Love. Free event, booking not necessary. Book here.

Southside Community Centre
117 Nicolson Street EH8 9ER.
Der Lauf (Children’s Festival)
Sun 28 – Tue 30 May 2023
Sun: 3pm, 7pm, Mon: 10.45am, 1.15pm; Tue:1.15pm, 7pm.
In a dark and absurd universe of enigmatic games, we meet a man with a bucket on his head. With a touch of David Lynch and a nod to the long-running French TV game show Intervilles, a juggler moves blindly through a series of bizarre experiments. The audience is his only guide, come what may. Once begun, nothing can stop the journey, and one thing is certain… in the end, destruction awaits. Tickets and details.

Studio Theatre
The Studio, 22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Hebridean Treasure: Lost & Found
Tue 23 May 2023
One show: 7.30pm.
This cultural collaboration blends live Scottish and South Asian music, storytelling through beautiful song and dance. Book here.

1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL.
Club Life
Thurs 25 – Sun 28 May 2023
Evenings: 8.30pm (Techcube 1)
Lemon Jelly’s Fred Deakin hosts an immersive joyride through his crazy clubland adventures. With your help, this innovative show recreates Fred’s classic nights and brings the fashion tribes of the late twentieth century back to life. Join us in a quest for mayhem and magic on the dancefloor. Book here.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404.

Tue 23 May 2023
Evening: 7.30pm (Traverse 2)
A reading of a new play by Traverse Breakthrough Writer Beth Westbrook.
When does raising awareness turn into exploitation? Aurora’s life has been shared online as part of her and her mother Emma’s social media channels MUMMY_WITH_A_MISSION. Aurora is now 17, and concerned about the impact of having her most vulnerable moments on the internet will have on her future. Book here.

I… er… Me (Children’s Festival)
Sun 28/Mon 29 May 2023
Sun: 2pm, 5pm; Mon: 1.15pm, 7pm.
Running time: 1 hour.
Ages: 8 – 15 years.
A powerful performance exploring what it’s like to lose your grip on reality. This astonishing show is set within a rotating box where the main character perfoms his daily routine, moving effortlessly between bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and office. Trap doors open, hidden objects are revealed, all timed precisely and seemingly defying gravity. Tickets and details.

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, the Caledonian
Princes Street, EH1 2AB.
Edinburgh Magic
Sat 27 May – Sat 8 July 2023
Saturday evenings: 6pm & 8.30pm (Versailles Suite)
Kevin Quantum performs an hour of magic that’s fooled some of the most brilliant and creative people ever to have lived, often times with strong links to Edinburgh and Scotland. An elegant, intimate and quite astonishing evening of magic, mystery and wonder in one of Edinburgh’s most historic and enchanting hotels. Book here.



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