Listings Mon 29 April – Sun 5 May

Apr 29 2019 | By More

On Edinburgh’s stages this week…

For those about to Rock, we salute you! As the sweetness of Mark Knopfler’s music for Local Hero fades into its final week, Rock of Ages kicks Matilda off stage at the Playhouse.

You’ll have to be quick if you want to catch Local Hero. As of Monday morning there were seven non-limited view seats available for public sale over the seven final performances. Although there are a good handful of limited view seats available at every performance.

Sophie Martin in Sir Kenneth MacMillans Elite Syncopations - one half of Scottish Ballet's Spring double bill at the Festival Theatre, Thurs - Sat. Pic: Andy Ross.

Sophie Martin in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations – one half of Scottish Ballet’s Spring double bill at the Festival Theatre, Thurs – Sat. Pic: Andy Ross.

There are plenty of seats for Rock of Ages, but there again the Playhouse is rather larger in size. Although tickets for next week’s one-off shows: Ru Paul’s Drag Race, the Dubliners, The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa and the Strictly Professionals are rather more limited.

Musical Theatre fans might want to know that the QMU students are staging a rare performance of bare by Damon Intrabartolo and John Ottman at the Brunton on Wednesday and Thursday.

Theatre has a good look in this week with the TV soap heavy cast of courtroom drama The Verdict getting good notices – yup, it’s an adaptation from the same Barry Reed novel as the five times Oscar nominated Sidney Lumet film with Paul Newman and James Mason.

There is only one chance to see Teucheter Company’s Umberella Man at Assembly Roxy, as the run has been reduced to just Friday night. The story of a young man who tries to prove that the Earth is flat is written and performed by poet, musician and raconteur Colin Bramwell and was a hit at last year’s Prague and Edinburgh Fringes.

There are plenty of chances to see Edinburgh Theatre Arts who are at St Ninian’s Hall all week with Fondly Remembered, Gareth Armstrong’s play about a group of friends who gather to celebrate the life of a man who had left an indelible mark on all their lives.

This week’s listings

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.
Umrella Man
Fri 3 May 2019
Evening: 8pm.
Teuchter Theatre Company use poetry, storytelling and music to tell then tragicomic fable about a man who tries to prove that the Earth is flat, with mixed results Book here.

SHOWCASE: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Abridged)
Sunday 5 May 2019
Evening: 7.30pm (Upstairs)
A rollicking, epic new adaptation of the classic adventure story. A mysterious, impudent spy. An ambitious, ruthless, spy hunter. And the woman they both love. Let us transport you from the gaming tables of Georgian London to the prisons of Revolutionary Paris for a deadly game of cat and mouse in the shadow of the guillotine. Rehearsed, semi-staged production of a new adaptation by Helen Bang, directed by Jennifer Dick. Book here.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Wed 1/Thurs 2 May 2019
QMU Musical Theatre Company with the musical about a group of teens wrestling with their identities, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Book here.

Unspotted Snow
Sat 4 May 2019
Mull Theatre, with a light hearted theatrical romp featuring starvation, scurvy, cannibalism and some jolly tunes – based on the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition to discover the North West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. A bold and adventurous tale of tragedy, mishap, folly, arrogance, madness and betrayal, Victorian heroism – and ruthless news management. Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Scottish Ballet: Spring
Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm.
To kickstart their 50th anniversary year, Scottish Ballet presents a fresh double bill fizzing with energy. The premiere of resident choreographer Sophie Laplane’s Dextera is partnered with the irresistible carnival of colourful characters in  MacMillan’s Elite SyncopationsBook here.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
The Verdict
Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed & Sat: 2.30pm.
Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win. Middle Ground Theatre Company. 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.
Rock of Ages 
Tuesday 30 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm. 
An LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! Book now.

St Ninian’s Hall
St Ninian’s Hall, 40 Comely Bank, EH4 1AG
Fondly Remembered
Mon 29 April – Sat 4 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mat Sat: 2.30pm.
Edinburgh Theatre Arts present Gareth Armstrong’s play about a group of friends who gather to celebrate the life of a man who had left an indelible mark on all their lives. But who are they remembering? As old friendships rekindle, they unearth old memories, resentments and disappointments in this wickedly funny play full of revelations, rediscoveries and revenges. Book here.

Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404.
PPP: Casablanca-The Gin Joint Cut 
Tue 30 April – Sat 4 May 2019
Lunchtimes Tue – Sat: 1pm; Fri evening: 7pm (Trav 1). 
A lovingly disrespectful homage to one of the classic films of all time that will have you raise a Bogart style eyebrow, shed a Bergman-like tear and drown out the Nazis with a rousing chorus of the Marseillaise. Set in French Morocco, 1941, Casablanca interweaves a tale of wartime conflict with political and romantic intrigue. Book here.

Donny’s Brain
Fri 3 – Sat 4 May 2019
Evening: 7.30pm (Trav 2)
Donny wakes up in hospital after a car crash, desperate to see his partner Emma and unable to recognise the strange woman crying at his bedside. Funny and moving in equal measure, Rona Munro’s new play presented as a rehearsed, script-in-hand reading directed by Caitlin Skinner, raises fascinating questions about the essence of love, human nature and our sense of self Book here.



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