Listings: Mon 22 – Sun 28 Nov 2021

Nov 22 2021 | By More

What’s on Edinburgh’s stages this week

Not quite a lull before the Christmas storm, but as close as we are going to get to one, as the King’s Panto, Sleeping Beauty, opens its eyes to previews and at the Playhouse, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast drops its petals for the last time.

Beauty and the Beast really is a cracker of a show, we gave it five big golden stars and it is certainly worth catching. However, with but 8 seats left in the over-3,000 seat theatre (at time of writing), act this instant if you would still like to see it (tickets here)!

Grant Stott (Carabosse) and Clare Gray (Narcissa). Sleeping Beauty Promo Pic.

The press night for Sleeping Beauty is Wednesday 1 December, so we will have further details of how its going then.

In the meantime there is time to focus on a couple of smaller shows. At the Assembly Roxy – fast becoming the go-to venue for small scale touring shows wanting to play Edinburgh – Revolution Days tells of an aid worker in the Middle East during the Arab Spring.

In our preview – Beyond the Revolution – writer Mariem Omari tells of how she was in Iraq at the time working in a humanitarian role and saw events unfold at first hand. Turning her own story into a play has been a new experience for her – her previous work has used verbatim theatre from other people’s stories. A process not without it difficulties.

The other big bit of fringe theatre worth seeing is Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood which has three script-in-hand performances at the Traverse on Wednesday and Thursday. It might be only about 30 minutes long, but that doesn’t mean it is to be taken lightly.

Incensed by the deaths of horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year, Kirkwood has written a piece which is more than the howl of rage she describes it as. Maryland captures the complex mix of emotions which lie beyond the raw anger at the continued murder of women by men.

On a different note, fans of Keith Jack are in for a treat at the Brunton on Saturday when the singer takes to the stage with the MacDonald Brothers, Brian and Craig, for “an awesome night celebrating all things Scotland”.

For next week’s listings look here: On Next Week.
The following week’s listings are here: On the Following Week.


Click on the show title to go to its ticketing site.

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Revolution Days
Tue 23/Wed 24 Nov 2021
Evenings: 7.30pm.
See preview: Beyond the Revolution.
A riveting true story of trauma and survival based on the real-life experiences of an aid worker in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. Staged as the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising draws to a close, this powerful play is told through the eyes of a young woman straddling both ‘her Scottishness and Arabness’. Book here.

Rules to Live By & Eidos
Sat 27 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
A visceral and powerful double-bill of dance, veering between anarchy, punk music, heroism, idolatry, and loss from Suzi Cunningham. Rules to Live By is a raw and riotous movement-led tribute to Mark E. Smith while Eidos pays homage to Suzi’s beloved grandmother – a radical hero, artist, stalwart and her very own Vivienne Westwood. Book here.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Keith Jack & The MacDonald Bros: Scottish Greats
Sat 27 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Theatres are back! So come join Keith Jack, the MacDonald Brothers, Brian and Craig, for an awesome night celebrating all things Scotland! Bringing you songs from Wet Wet Wet, The Proclaimers, Lulu, Lewis Capaldi, Dougie Maclean and much much more! This is definitely a night not to be missed. Book here.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Sleeping Beauty
Sat 27 Nov 2020 – Sun 16 Jan 2022
Tue to Sat, 2pm & 7pm; Sun 1pm & 5pm
Rise and shine for the pantomime of your dreams! Grant Stott and Allan Stewart return with a script that will no doubt provide tribute to the late great Andy Gray amidst its bundle of fun and laughter. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Thu 21 Oct – Sat 27 Nov 2021
Evenings: Tue – Sat at 7:30pm.
Matinees: Wed, Sat, Sun: 2:30pm
Choreographer and director Matt West has got the team back together to spectacularly reimagine the beloved ‘tale as old as time’ using the latest theatrical innovations to bring it to the stage like never before… Tickets and details: Book here.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood
Wed 24, Thurs 25 November 2021
Evenings: 7pm; Matinee Thurs: 1pm.

Script-in-hand performances of the play described by its playwright Lucy Kirkwood as ‘a howl of rage’, written at great speed to try to express in dramatic form how she – and so many others – feel about a culture of violence against women. Tickets and details: Book here.


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