Listings: Mon 1 – Sun 7 April 2019

Mar 31 2019 | By More

What’s on Edinburgh’s stages this week

A relatively quiet week on Edinburgh’s stages this, after last week’s flurry activity, but still plenty to see and you’d be an April Fool to miss what’s on offer.

Musicals take a major bow. There’s the arrival of Matilda the Musical at the Playhouse for the whole month and the continuation of Local Hero at the Lyceum until the beginning of May.

A scene from Matilda the Musical. Pic Manuel Harlan

A scene from Matilda the Musical. Pic Manuel Harlan

Tickets for both are selling fast, so check dates for the best availability. As far as Matilda the Musical goes, Mondays to Wednesdays evenings have best availability and the matinee on Wednesday 23 April. The Playhouse has 3,000 seats, so no performance is completely sold-out. Yet!

The first few weeks of Local Hero have pretty limited availability, with some dates only having restricted view seats left. But the last fortnight of the run, from Tuesday 23 April, still has good availability.

There’s also the more recently announced Stones In His Pockets at the King’s. The last time a major tour played Edinburgh, Andy Gray and Alan Stewart took on the lead. This time, using a slightly updated script to keep it contemporary, Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor take on the 15 characters in this two-hander.

Dance fans have the wonder of Mark Morris to look forward to at the Festival Theatre on Friday and Saturday only – in Pepperland which celebrates the one and only Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. With live music this is one not to be missed.


At the Studio of the Festival Theatre, Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform is bringing what they describe as as opportunity to explore new ideas and works by established and emerging dance-makers. There’s more information here.

Amateur theatre is focussed on the SCDA’s One Act Festival, which has nine clubs competing over three nights at the Church Hill Theatre in the Easter Division final. Four Edinburgh companies are taking part, ETA and EGTG on Thursday; Leitheatre on Friday; and Arbery Productions on Saturday. “Break-a-leg” one and all!

With the Traverse getting ready for the opening of the Play, Pie and a Pint season next week, small scale theatre is represented at Assembly Roxy.

Here you can see the world premiere of Kin, Adam Gordon’s “modern-day folktale of war, migration and homecoming”. And if that was not enough of an intriguing proposition there is a work-in-progress at the weekend and dance from Company of Wolves with Achilles on Wednesday.

So, on reflection, not really a quiet week at all!


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

Assembly Roxy
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU. Phone booking: 0131 623 3030
Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 April 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm (Downstairs).
A modern-day folktale of war, migration and homecoming, Kith tells the story of Dani, Glasgow-born son of a migrant mother who has kept her past completely hidden from him. When she dies with her story untold, he sets out on an odyssey to discover the ‘truth’ of who she was and who he is. Book here.

Wednesday 3 April 2019
Evenings: 7.45pm (Upstairs)
Glasgow’s acclaimed Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie. Book here.

Sunday 7/Monday 8 April 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm (Downstairs).
Taking as its focal point the 2014 bin lorry crash in George Square, Claire McCracken’s new play, delves into the lives of three women in Glasgow over the course of two days: Before and After. It explores how people are both brought together and pulled apart in times of crisis, and asks whether it’s possible to change ourselves, or if we are only ever changed by the things that happen to us. Previewed at the Traverse Theatre last year as part of Wildfire Theatre’s Project #1. Book here.

Church Hill Theatre
33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
SCDA Eastern Division 1 Act Festival Final 2019
Thurs 4 – Sat 6 April 2019
Evenings: 7pm.
The Nine plays which won at the Edinburgh, Fife and Stirling  District festivals compete to represent Eastern at the Scottish Final – two to go through.
Thurs 4 April
The Cagebirds by David Campton – Edinburgh Theatre Arts (Edinburgh)
Effie’s Burning by Valerie Windsor – Kirkcaldy ADS (Fife)
The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang – Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group (Edinburgh)
Friday 5 April
Nine by Jane Shephard -Leslie ADC (Fife)
Zoo Story by Edward Albee – Leitheatre – (Edinburgh)
Mrs G by Mike Tibbetts – FintryADS (Stirling)
Saturday 6 April
Bull by Mike Bartlett – Arbery Productions (Edinburgh)
Creepers and Crawlers by The Brothers Capek – Aberdour Players (Fife)
Little Grimley Presents Strictly Sex Factor (On Ice) by David Tristram – Stirling, Strathendrick and Strathkelvin Young Farmers Club (Stirling)
Book online.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Fri 5/Sat 6 April 2019
Evenings 8pm, Matinee Sat 2.30pm.
Mark Morris returns to Edinburgh with a unique tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, accompanied live. Book here.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Stones in his Pockets
Tue 2 – Sat 6 April 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed, Sat: 2.30pm.
A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. The story is told through the eyes of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, employed as extras along with numerous other locals. Staring Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor. Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Local Hero
Thurs 14 March – Sat 4 May 2019
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2pm.
A wry comedy about a man who sets out to buy a beach, but ends up losing his heart to a village, Bill Forsyth’s magical Local Hero takes to the stage with new music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler.
A co-production with The Old Vic. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.
Matilda The Musical 
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 27 April 2019
Evenings (not Suns): 7.30pm; Matinee Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, this Royal Shakespeare Company production is the story inspired by the book by Roald Dahl.of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Book now.

Saughtonhall Church
87 Saughtonhall Drive, EH12 5RJ
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 April 2019
Tue – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat: 2.30pm.
Suspense drama  by Norman Robbins. Marion Bishop, an elderly writer of romantic novels is dying. Follow  this web of crime with plenty of twists and turns, deceit, blackmail, and murder until  an ingenious twist brings a surprising close. Book here.

Studio at Festival Theatre
22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform
Friday 5 April 2019
Evening: 7pm
Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform is making its way to the Studio with a packed evening of dance, presenting works by: Peter Twyman Dance, Unearthed Dance Theatre, Paul Michael Henry, Danns-Ed Company, Kate Jackson & Collaborators, Jennifer Scott Dance Company & Sandro Franchini. Book here.

Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group Family Workshop
Sat 6 April 2019
Morning: 11am
Our friends at Mark Morris Dance Group are in town to present Pepperland. You’re warmly invited to join members of the company as they present a family workshop from age 2 up. No experience necessary. Fun, practical and the perfect way to spend an hour together. Book here.



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