Listings Mon 8 – Sun 14 Jan 2024

Jan 10 2024 | By More

What’s on Edinburgh’s stages this week?

There’s a great mix of work on Edinburgh’s stages this week, as the theatre year begins to kick in.

For a truly local feel, the students in PASS’s BA in Dance and Drama  have a Double Bill of dance at the Traverse on Saturday (tickets), and for lovers of solo shows, Cassie Workman brings her brilliant exploration of self and Kurt Cobain, Aberdeen, to Summerhall (Thurs – Sun; tickets).

A scene from Scottish Ballet’s Cinders! at the Festival Theatre. Pic Andy Ross.

The first big show of the year from Edinburgh’s main companies opens for preview at the Lyceum on Saturday. Forbes Masson takes on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde adapted by Gary McNair (Sat 13 – Sat 27 Jan; tickets).

This is a much anticipated production, with Masson returning to th Lyceum for the first time in over 20 years to take on the solo role played by Audrey Brisson at Reading Rep in 2022 (Guardian review). Having made his name with Alan Cumming with double act Victor and Barry, Masson was last seen on the Lyceum stage in 2003 in Peter Arnott’s The Breathing House.

Also opening this week and very highly anticipated, is the big immersive production of Macbeth, out at the Royal Highland Centre (Sat 13 – Sat 27 Jan; tickets). Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma star as the Macbeths in a production directed by Simon Godwin with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw.

Scottish Ballet continue at the Festival Theatre with their gender-swap Cinders! (ends Sat 20 Jan; tickets). This is big, sumptuous stuff in its take on Prokofiev’s score, and is a rare delight for ballet fans.

At the top of Leith Walk, it’s the last week of Wicked’s run at the Playhouse (closes Sun 14, tickets), although the show is completely sold out from Friday.


Click on the name of the show or the Book here link to go to its ticketing site:

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Scottish Ballet’s Cinders!
Fri 5 – Sat 20 Jan 2024.
Wed – Sat: 7.30pm; Fri 12, Sat, Sun mat: 2.30pm.
Scottish Ballet’s festive favourite returns for the winter season with a new name, glittering new designs, including a stunning art-nouveau-inspired set, and a charming twist to the tale. Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848.
Jekyll & Hyde
By Gary McNair, adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sat 13 – Sat 27 January 2024
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Weds & Sat: 2.30pm.
In this captivating and comic adaptation by Gary McNair, the classic story of Jekyll & Hyde is turned on its head, revealing the depths of one man’s psyche and the lengths we will go to hide our deepest secrets. What will happen to a curious mind as it’s left to its own devices? Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Thurs 7 Dec 2023 – Sat 14 Jan 2024
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 2.30pm.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely university friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Book here.

Royal Highland Centre
Ingliston, EH28 8NB
Sat 13 – Sat 27 January 2024
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Thurs (not 13), Sat: 2.30pm.
A couple corrupted by their relentless lust for power have blood on their hands. Witness the gripping tale of greed, murder, deception and superstition. Once you cross the line, you can never turn back. Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma star as the Macbeths, directed by Simon Godwin with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw. Tickets and details: Book here.

1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL.
Aberdeen (Cassie Workman)
Thurs 11  – Sun 14 January 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm (Dissection Room).
A magical realist biography of Kurt Cobain, told in rhyming couplets. Multi Award-winning Cassie Workman time travels through nineties Washington, to unravel life, death, and rock and roll, in this heartbreaking homage to an icon. Tickets and details: Book here.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
Pass Double Bill
Sat 13 Jan 2024
One show: 7.30pm (Trav 1)
A dynamic double bill from PASS’s BA Dance and Drama Students produced in partnership with Dance Base. Greater Than Themselves and Time Language have been devised and choreographed with artists Jack Webb and Kayla



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