Listings: November 8-14

Nov 8 2015 | By More

Listings for week ending Sunday 15 November

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Balladynas and Romances (Monday 9/Tuesday 10: 7pm)
Moulded from pop culture icons and ancient myths, from grand religious tales as well as TV series, gods descend upon Earth to bring meaning back into the lives of apathetic and lonely humans. A splendidly structured, amusing, ironic and provocative tale about present-day Poland.

Wildest Dreams (Wednesday 11-Saturday 114: 7.30pm)
The Grads with a new production of Alan Ayckbourn’s little-performed 1992 script under the direction of Sara-Jane McGeachy. Stanley, Hazel, Warren and Rick make the weekly escape from their real life nightmares into a role-playing board game peopled by dragons and monsters.

But how clear is the dividing line between what they choose to be and what they really are? What would it take for them to lose sight of it altogether?

Sally Messham and Laura Rogers in Tipping the Velvet. Photo: Johan Persson

Sally Messham and Laura Rogers in Tipping the Velvet. Photo: Johan Persson

11 Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ
The Crucible (Tuesday 10-Saturday 14: 7.30pm)
The EUTC’s production of The Crucible invites you to journey to Salem Massachusetts to 1692 at the height of the Salem witch trials to experience how swiftly honest God-fearing people can be swept up in a bacchanalia of fear, paranoia and loathing all set beneath the wooden beams and amongst the dirt and hay of our very own barn.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Carmen (Thursday 12, Saturday 14: 7.15pm; Matinees: Sunday 8: 4pm)
In the sultry heat of Seville, passions are high and drama is around every corner – and a hot-blooded tale of seduction and obsession is about to unfold.
When Don José, a young soldier, meets the sensual and high-spirited Carmen, thoughts of marrying his childhood sweetheart are driven from his mind. But Don José is not the only one to fall for Carmen’s charms, and when she chooses another man, she sets in motion a shocking and unmissable showdown.
Read Æ’s review here: ✭✭✭✭✩ Dark and dramatic

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
The Importance of Being Earnest (Tuesday 10-Saturday 14: 7.30pm; matinees Wed and Sat: 2.30pm)
Lucy Bailey’s production designed by William Dudley with added material written by Simon Brett comes from London. Rosalind Ayres, Nigel Havers, Martin Jarvis, Christine Kavanagh and Siân Phillips reprise their West End performances. They are joined by Nigel Anthony, Carmen du Sautoy andDavid Shaw-Parker, performing as The Bunbury Company of Players.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Tipping the Velvet (Tuesday 10-Saturday 14 November. Tue-Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds/Sat: 2pm)
Laura Wade’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ audacious bestselling novel in a Lyric Hammersmith co-production. It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight she will fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler; a girl who wears trousers. Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.
Read Æ’s review here: ✭✭✭✩✩ Patchwork

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
Mack and Mabel (Run ends: Saturday 21 November)
Daily (not Mon 9, Sun 15): 7.30pm; Matinees: Weds & Sat: 2.30pm.
Based on the real-life romance between legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and his rising star Mabel Normand. Hollywood’s golden age, where the fun of the silent screen was dominated by the hysterical chaos of the Keystone Kops and the glamour of the bathing beauties. A world where heroes wore capes, girls were tied to the railway tracks and it all ended with a pie in the face.

1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL. Phone booking: 0131 560 1581
Cosi fan tutte (Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14: 7pm)
VoiceArc’s unique retelling of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte brings the slapstick comedy and setting of this masterpiece right up to date recreating it as an opera for a modern world while remaining faithful to and passionate about Mozart’s score and Da Ponte’s libretto.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
Hothouse 2015 (Tuesday 10-Friday 13 Trav 2)
Works in various states of progress from four of Edinburgh’s hot grassroots companies. Preview: Grassroots companies in Trav Showcase

Hector (Wednesday 11/Thursday 12: 7.30pm; Trav 1)
Based on the true story of a crofter’s son who became a Knight of the Realm and Queen Victoria’s favourite general, this touching drama shines new light on the Scottish legend and fallen hero, Sir Hector MacDonald.

Rehearsal Room 26 (Friday 13/Saturday 14; Trav 1)
Stellar Quines’ 26th Rehearsal Room – a space where writers and directors present scripts to a live audience as a performed reading with the opportunity to discuss.
Friday 13 November:
Thérèse and Pierrette at Holy Angels
Based on Michel Tremblay’s novel, directed and translated into Scots/English by Molly Innes from Serge Denoncourt’s adaptation.
Painting a Story by Pauline Lockhart
A new piece of theatre based on the French painter and model, Suzanne Valadon.
Saturday 14 November:
Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls by Lynda Radley
A play about British and Irish female convicts, transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the 1800’s.

*NB: This is intended to be a complete listing of all public theatrical productions on in Edinburgh. If you are staging a show which is not listed, or a listing is inaccurate, please use the contact form here to get in touch.


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