Listings: Mon 2 – Sun 8 May 2022

May 2 2022 | By More

What’s on Edinburgh’s stages this week…

A select collection of entertainments for your theatre pleasure this week, with Derren Brown at the Playhouse, the Makers being Earnest at the Churchill and the opening of Red Ellen at the Lyceum.

There are also a couple of smaller but intriguing productions, with One Mississippi at the Assembly Roxy and Keepers of the Light at the Studio. At the King’s, meanwhile, A Murder is Announced. Again. And the Festival is busting out all over in dance, dance, dance. There is also the no little matter of the opening day of Imaginate at the Museum of Scotland.


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

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

One Mississippi 
Fri 6/Sat 7 May 2022
Evening : 7.30pm (Roxy Upstairs).
A hard-hitting verbatim play that explores how the impact of childhood experiences shape men’s adult lives, and the journey it takes them on. Blending humour and storytelling with powerful elements of physical theatre, One Mississippi is an uncompromising insight into what takes us to breaking point. Book here.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240

Lost In Music – One Night at The Disco 2022
Fri 6 May 2022
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1).
The night out of the year that you need more than ever, is back! Get ready to get Lost in Music at the show that everyone is talking about, now even BIGGER! Join us as we recreate the Magical 70’s and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco. Book here.

Church Hill Theatre
33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR.

The Importance of Being Earnest (Makers)
Thursday 5 – Sat 7 May 2022
Evening: 7.30pm
The Edinburgh Makars take on Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people”. The enduring satire on Victorian society, which has become his most popular work, boasts crossed lovers, clever wordplay, an invalid friend by the name of Bunbury and an aunt so fierce she could rock Victoria Station to its very foundations. Book here.

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

Ballet Black
Wednesday 4 May 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
The professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent returns to Edinburgh following their hugely successful visit in June 2019 and mindblowing performance with Stormzy at Glastonbury. Book here.

Fri 6/Sat 7May 2022
Evening: 8pm
One of the world’s leading dance companies and huge favourites with UK audiences, Nederlands Dans Theater possess a winning combination of balletic grace and virtuosic skill with fearless athleticism, passion and personality. Book here.

Oti Mabuse – I Am Here
Sunday 8 May 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
A a whirlwind celebration of the influences and inspirations that took Oti on a journey from growing up in South Africa to following her dream. From mesmerising Jives and pumping Sambas to South Africa’s exhilarating Kwaito, this is an explosive night of dance and music that will set your heart racing. Book here.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.

A Murder is Announced
Tue 3 – Sat 7 May 2022
Evenings 7.30pm; Mats Wed, Sat: 2.30pm.
The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer… Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848.
Red Ellen
by Caroline Bird
Wed 4 – Sat 21 May 2022
Evening: 7.30pm: Mats: Thur 5, Weds 11 & 18, Sat.
The Scottish premiere of the untold story of revolutionary socialist politician and journalist Ellen Wilkinson, who became a national figure when she played a prominent role in the 1936 Jarrow March – a protest which had a formative impact on post-Second World War attitudes towards unemployment and social justice. Tickets and Details.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, EH1 1JF

Family Encounters (Imaginate) 
Sat 7 May 2022
10am – 4.30pm.
Imaginate, the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, opens on Saturday 7 May with a day of free pop-up performances and arts activities for families in the beautiful setting of the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. Drop-in activities will include walk about characters, dance perfromances, musical explorations, hands-on activities and more. More details here.

On a screen in your own home

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.

Derren Brown: Showman
Tue 3 – Sat 7 May 2022
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Sat: 2.30pm.
With his first brand new theatre show in six years, Derren Brown returns to astonish and amaze audiences up and down the country. The content of Showman remains a closely-guarded secret, but if you’ve seen him before, you know you’re in for a powerhouse treat! Book here.

The Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour
Sun 8 May 2022
Evening: 7.30p.
The best Elvis show in the world… just got even better! Direct from the USA, Shawn Klush & Dean Z have now been joined by fellow US Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Ray Slaughter, now making this an all-American spectacular not to be missed by any Elvis fan across the globe.  Book here.

Studio Theatre
The Studio, 22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000

Keepers of the Light
Fri 6/Sat 7 May 2022
Evenings: 8pm. Sat Mat: 5pm.
December, 1900. Three keepers disappear from their post on the Flannan Isles lighthouse, 20 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. What happened to the men has never been answered, and becomes the talking point for three technicians who find themselves stranded on the remote station. Book here.



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