On Stage Mon 17 – Sun 23 October 2022

Oct 18 2022 | By More

Listings for week ending Sunday 23 October 2022:

Musicals, of a kind, dominate Edinburgh’s stages this week, with the national tour of the Bob Dylan musical Girl from the North Country coming to the Playhouse and the return of Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) returning to the Lyceum for an extended stay.

There are also two welcome opportunities to see Downs With Love with a performance at the Brunton on Saturday if the performance at the Studio on Wednesday is sold out.

Half term holiday theatre is at the Playhouse, with matinee performances of the adaptation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

There is plenty of comedy – of some very different types – on stage as well. The Trocks are back two performances only at the Festival Theatre and there is a comedy Shakespeare mashup Doing Shakespeare at Assembly.

The hottest comedy ticket, however, is for an all-too brief run of the darkest of dark comedy of all: Rapture Theatre’s touring production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane to the Traverse.

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


Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site.

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Doing Shakespeare
Sat 22 October 2022
Evening: 7.30pm (Roxy Upstairs).
Six actors performing six different plays will do Shakespeare as Shakespeare has never been done before. David Spicer’s hilariously mad Shakespearean mash-up will have you rolling in the aisles and the Bard turning in his grave. Book here.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Downs with Love
Sat 22 Oct 2022
Evening show only: 7.30pm (Theatre).
Beth, a young girl who has Down’s Syndrome, lives a
very independent life, has her routines and lives simply but happily. On a Friday night, she goes to the pub to watch Mark, a local singer. Beth loves Mark but the problem is – Mark loves Tracy, Beth’s new support worker – who loves both of them. Complex and challenging issues arise for all.. Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Freedom starring Joe McElderry
Mon 17 Oct 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
Freedom starring Joe McElderry pays homage to one of the world’s most iconic music legends. Celebrating George Michael’s immense catalogue of Grammy award-winning hits Freedom will have you on your feet and singing along with fast-paced classics and sensational ballads performed by Joe and a full live band. Book here.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Fri 21/Sat 22 Oct 2022
Evenings: 7.30pm.
The all-male comedy ballet company, “The Trocks”, has been delighting audiences of all ages at sell-out performances featuring their fabulous sense of fun and their flawless dance for almost 50 years. They return to Edinburgh with another dose of tutus, testosterone and fierce false eyelashes. Not to forget their prima ballerina attitude, immaculate technique and daring physicality. Book here.

Lost in Music
Sun 23 Oct 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
Join us as we recreate the Magical 70’s! Let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco! Relive some of the greatest songs of all time, from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sister Sledge, and Chic. Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
By Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen
Tue 18 Oct – Sat 5 Nov 2022
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Weds & Sat: 2.30pm.

Æ review of 2020 tour: ★★★★☆ Effervescent 
Isobel McArthur’s unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story returns with an Olivier Best Comedy award in its feather cap. Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this irreverent but affectionate adaptation where the stakes couldn’t be higher when it comes to romance. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.
Girl from the North Country
Tue 18  – Sat 22 Oct 2022
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Weds/Sat: 2.30pm.
Conor McPherson’s uplifting and universal story about family and love using 19 Bob Dylan songs. It’s 1934 in the heartland of America which is in the grip of the Great Depression. A group of wayward souls have crossed paths in a time-weathered guesthouse. Standing at a turning point in their lives, they realize nothing is what it seems. Book here.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Thurs 20– Sat 22 Oct 2022
Thurs/Fri: 1.30pm; Fri/Sat: 10.30am.
A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr direct from a smash-hit West End season. Book here.

Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High St, EH1 1SR. Phone booking: 0131 556 9579

Studio Theatre
The Studio, 22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Martin Bayfield’s Rugby Legends
Tue 18 Oct 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
From the police beat to the Hollywood movie screen to a Five Nations Grand Slam and MasterChef final, Martin Bayfield has had a varied life! Join former England international and true giant of the game Martin Bayfield as he embarks on his ‘Rugby Legends’ UK tour. Book here.

Downs With Love
Wed 19 Oct 2022
Evenings: 7.30pm.
Beth, a young woman who has Down’s Syndrome, lives a very independent life, has her routines and lives simply but happily. She is helped by a new support worker, Tracy and they soon strike up a friendship. On a Friday night, they go to the pub to watch Mark, a local singer. Beth falls for Mark but the problem is – Mark falls for Tracy – who loves both of them. Book here.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Wed 19 – Sat 22 October 2022
Evenigns: 7.30pm (Traverse 1).
Rapture Theatre tour with Martin McDonagh’s Tony Award-winning dark comedy thriller. Thrilling elements of farce and melodrama, combine with a searing critique on the Irish belief in the sanctity of the family. Book here.

*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 get in touch through the contact page, here.

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