Listings Mon 4 – Sun 10 March 2019

Mar 4 2019 | By More

What to see on Edinburgh’s stages this week

The arrival of My Fair Lady at the King’s marks the start of a three week run of big amateur company shows at the venue. They will all, no doubt, be exceptional performances.

Ballet fans are treated to a spot of the old fashioned repertoire this week, with the arrival of the Russian Stare Ballet of Siberia at the Playhouse, where they will be dancing Giselle (Thurs) and Swan Lake (Fri/Sat).

The cast of Dirty Dancing – at the Festival Theatre all week.

The Festival Theatre is home to a stage adaptation of a Patrick Swayze movie for he second week in a row as the UK tour of Dirty Dancing takes to its stage all week.

For fans of shows on a smaller scale, there are several well-recommended productions coming to the Traverse, Assembly Roxy and the Studio.

Vanishing Point has its Dark Carnival at the Traverse, Tamasha Theatre’s UK tour of Approaching Empty by Yishi Din arrives at the Roxy and Perth Theatre’s take on Miss Julie is at the Studio.

Assembly also has the latest working of Rendition, seen as a work in progress at Hidden Door last year, and new play From Morning Sun ‘Till Dine.

Assembly Roxy
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU. Phone booking: 0131 623 3030
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 March 2019
Evenings: 8pm (Snug Bar)
Tragic Carpet’s radical new work, based on detailed research by the Rendition Project, tells of one man’s nightmare experience as the first suspect to be taken into the CIA’s detention programme. First performed at Hidden Door Festival in May 2017 and then at Manipulate Snapshots at the Traverse in February 2018, Rendition has been developed into a full-length work that aims to visualise the research findings using an innovative mix of puppetry, soundscapes and visual theatre. Book here.

Approaching Empty
Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 March 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm (Central)
In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha decides it’s time to create his own destiny and offers to buy the business from his lifelong friend Raf. As the realities of the state of the company slowly unravel, these two best friends must confront the difficulties of going into business with those closest to them. By Ishy Din and directed by Pooja Ghai. Book here.

From Morning Sun ’till Dine
Thursday 7 – Friday 8 March 2019
Evenings: 8pm (Downstairs)
Chris, the son of wealthy, middle-class Scots, lives in the basement of his parents’ New Town house with fellow student Paul, a working-class Irishman. Tension arises between the two when Paul begins to suspect Chris is bulimic. Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Dirty Dancing
Mon 4 to Sat 9 March 2019
Mon to Thurs: 7.30pm; Fri: 5pm & 8.30pm; Sat: 3pm & 7.30pm
Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Book here.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
My Fair Lady 
Tue 5 to Sat 9 March 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed & Sat: 2.30pm.
My Fair Lady sparkles with wit, elegance and romance, telling the story of an Edwardian cockney flower girl’s transformation into the pride of London society. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.
Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Giselle 
Thursday 7 March 2019
Evening: 7.30pm. 
The most poignant of all classical ballets is filled with dramatic passion in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave. Book now.
Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Swan Lake 
Friday 8 – Saturday 9 March 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinee Sat: 2.30pm. 
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. Book now.

Surgeons’ Hall Museums
Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW
Go Home and Sit Still
Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 March 2019.
Evenings: 7pm
A drama about love, adventure, memory and loss, inspired by archive material held by Surgeon’s Hall on the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. This is a moving and timely interpretation of a remarkable humanitarian odyssey, undertaken at great personal risk by thousands of women members of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals who were determined not to stay at home.  Book now.

Studio at Festival Theatre
22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Miss Julie
Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 March 2019
Evenings 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs & Sat: 2.30pm.
It is the mid-1920s, Scotland, and the General Strike is in full swing. On a stifling Midsummer’s evening – while the protest explodes into dancing outside – Miss Julie, the Laird’s daughter, and John, the Laird’s manservant, reach out to each other. Set alight by the promise of revolution escalating outside, the pair grasp at the possibility of a different life until only one desperate choice remains. Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of August Strinberg.  Book here.

Teviot Debating Hall
Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ
Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 March 2019.
Evening: 7.30pm.
EU Footlights showchoir with their interpretation of the deadly sins, given a positive and enlightening twis as they repurpose the traditional interpretation of the sins to create a compelling and powerful piece of theatrical entertainment, promoting pride of identity, liberation, feminism and mental health awareness.  Book now.

Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404.
The Dark Carnival 
Wed 6 – Sat 9 Mar 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mat Thurs 2.30pm (Trav 1) 
A music and theatre spectacle, The Dark Carnival features sixteen performers and musicians who tell the story of newcomers to the afterlife who discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night. Created and performed by Vanishing Point and A New International. Book here.

The Funeral Director 
Thurs 7 – Sat 9 Mar 2019
Evenings: 8pm (Trav 2) 
Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future. Book here.


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