Listings 24 – 30 April 2017

Apr 23 2017 | By More

Listings for week ending Sunday 30 April 2017:

Things are calming down a bit on Edinburgh’s stages this week, after some hefty productions during the Science festival, but there is still a strong mix of big musicals, thrillers and straight theatre.

The big opening this week is The Addams Family UK tour, which opens at the Festival Theatre and has its press night on Tuesday after four days of previews. This should be a great show and before the official press opinion is known, the social media mentions are already sounding very positive indeed!

Dive LGBT History Cabaret at the Traverse, Sun 30. Pic: Ania Urbanowksa.

The other big touring show is at the King’s, where Not Dead Enough is dropping in for a week (opening Monday). The TV stars twinkling in this latest Peter James adaptation include Bill Ward (Emmerdale and Coronation Street), Laura Whitmore, (last seen on 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing), and Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street).

The amateur shows on offer this week are a pair of modern classics. Out at St Ninian’s Hall in Stockbridge, Edinburgh Theatre Arts take on the brilliant Memory of Water – a poignant piece with plenty of comedy to offset the darkness. While at the Assembly Roxy, the QMU students and friends are staging the original, non-singing version of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.

The Traverse continues its A Play, A Pie and A Pint lunchtime theatre season with David Cosgrove’s new play, Talking to the Dead. Then on Sunday, the wonder that it is the Dive Cabaret is in town with a brilliant evening of older aged performers celebrating the history and performance of LBGT history.

Those with young kids of a CBeebies age, should be aware that Mr Bloom will be in town on Sunday, at the King’s Theatre with two performances of Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live. While the first preview of Douglas Maxwell’s new play, Charlie Sonata, is on Saturday. Also on Saturday Marc Brew is at the Brunton with his new piece, Brewband.

As always, click on the name of the show to go to the ticketing site.

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Blood Brothers
Wed 26 – Fri 29 April 2017.
Evenings: 7.30pm.
In their first collaboration, Cobweb Theatre Company and QMU Drama Society team up to bring the original play version of Willy Russell’s tale of class difference to the stage.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Saturday 29 April 2017.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Created by award winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew, this inclusive music and dance performance brings together top Scottish rock artists Graeme Smillie, Jill O’Sullivan and Peter Kelly with talented dancer/musicians Martyn Garside, Marta Masiero and Alice Sheppard.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
The Addams Family – The Musical Comedy
Thursday 20 to Saturday 29 April 2017
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Sat, Sun, Weds, Thurs 27: 2.30pm.
Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has a shocking secret: she’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. When the two families meet for dinner, will Gomez keep his daughter’s secret from his cherished Morticia, or will there be hilarious consequences? Join them, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist!

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Not Dead Enough
Monday 24 to Saturday 29 April
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed & Sat: 2.30pm.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims but all the evidence confronting Detective Superintendent Roy Grace suggests he’s guilty as sin. As Grace also continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the thrilling case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing…
Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live
Sunday 30 April
Two shows: 1.30pm & 4pm
For ages: 2 – 7.
Bring your tiddlers along to join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour!

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Charlie Sonata
Saturday 29 April – Saturday 13 May 2017.
Preview Sat 29, Mon 31: 7.30pm.
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Weds, Sat: 2pm.
Chick arrives back in Scotland for a reunion with his old mates Gary and Jackson only to find Gary’s daughter has been the victim of a life-changing car accident. The antiseptic smell of the wards, the relentless beep of the life support and the sterile hospital bed contrast sharply in Chick’s eye with the young wild-haired girl lying there unconscious; inspiring this downtrodden man to embark on a quest to save her life. Matthew Lenton directs a new script from Douglas Maxwell.

St Ninian’s Hall
40 Comely Bank, EH4 1AG
Memory of Water
Monday 24 – Saturday 29 April 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinee, Sat 9: 2.30pm.
Edinburgh Theatre Arts take on Shelagh Stephenson’s poignant, hilarious play. Three sisters gather at the family home for their mother’s funeral. The situation provokes grief, nostalgia and the picking of old family wounds. Throw in a husband, a lover and appearances from the dead mother herself, and you have a recipe for a potent emotional mix.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
PPP: Voices In Her Ear
Tue 25 – Sat 29 Apr 2017
Daily: 1pm, evening performance Fri 28: 7pm.
Talking to the dead is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. In David Cosgrove’s new play, Betty has been talking to dead people for thirty years and she’s weary, heart sore and filthy rich. So, she’s packing up, taking down the website and retiring somewhere warm.But retiring is not as easy as you would think.
Dive Cabaret: Celebrating LGBT History
Sun 30 Apr 2017
Evening: 6pm.
Join Dive, Luminate and LGBT Age for an extra special dollop of proper entertainment as they celebrate our rich and diverse cultural history in the sumptuous surroundings of the Traverse Bar Café.

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