On Stage Mon 21 – Sun 27 November 2022

Nov 22 2022 | By More

Listings for week ending Sunday 27 November 2022

Christmas must be just around the corner – the first of the big Christmas shows and the first pantomime of the season have their openings this week.

Before we get to the seasonal offerings though, it’s time to take in a bit of dance up at the Church Hill Theatre, where Lets Face the Music and Dance (Tue – Sat) is getting the sequins out and putting the moves together to make both a brilliant night’s entertainment, but also raise money for Leukaemia Care and Lupus UK.

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol 2019. Pic: Mihaela Bodlovic

Christmas is very much a time of sticking to tradition. So, while Scottish Ballet’s Snow Queen at the Festival Theatre (Ends Sat 10 Dec), the Lyceum’s adaptation of Dickens in An Edinburgh Christmas Carol (opens Thurs) and the Brunton’s home-grown panto production of Sinbad (opens Fri) will all have their elements of innovation, they are all very much in keeping with each venue’s annual Christmas offering.

Elsewhere, the Traverse has Cell Outs (Thurs – Sat), with two ex-prison officers using their real life experiences to create a dark comedy. While the ever-interesting Citadel Arts Group is making use of the Pianodrome at it’s new residency – inside Ocean Terminal – for a night of new writing, A Mannequin for All Seasons, on Saturday evening.


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

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240

Sinbad the Pantomime
Fri 25 Nov – Sat 31 Dec 2022
Various times, but generally Evenings: 7pm (Fri 5pm): Sat mat 2pm. (Theatre).
Join Sinbad on his fantastic journey as he voyages from Fisherrow over the sea searching for fortune, and finding romance with a runaway Princess-in-disguise. Sinbad’s interfering mammy follows in hot pursuit, along with the evil, power-hungry Mayor. Along the way there is nail-biting drama, dastardly pirates, riding on the back of a giant whale and ferocious creatures guarding hidden treasure. Tickets and full details of times: Book here.

Church Hill Theatre
33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR.
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Tue 22 – Sat 26 Nov 2022
Tue – Fri: 7.30pm,  Sun: 2.30pm.
This is a fabulously entertaining song and dance charity show. All proceeds are going to Leukaemia Care and Lupus UK. In 2014 the company raised £7,500 in 2018 £15,500 was raised. Please support the cast and help them raise their target of £20,000. Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Scottish Ballet – The Snow Queen
Sat 19 Nov – Sat 10 Dec 2022
Tue 6, Wed – Sat: 7.30pm,  Fri-Sun: 2.30pm.
Scottish Ballet’s spectacular production of The Snow Queen returns. Hans Christian Andersen’s tale – set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, choreographed by Christopher Hampson and designed by Lez Brotherston – travels from the bustle of a winter’s market to the shivers of a fairy tale forest and the icy fragments of an enchanted mirror in the Snow Queen’s castle. Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848.
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
Tonie Cownie adapts Charles Dickens’ novel
Thurs 24 Nov – Sat 31 Dec 2022
Evenings: 7pm; Mats Weds & Sat: 2pm; Suns: 1pm & 6pm.
Æ review of 2019 production: ★★★☆☆ Comedy overshadows pathos 
Writer and director Tony Cownie brings this famous festive story back to the city of its birth with a guest appearance from Edinburgh’s best-loved Victorian – Greyfriars Bobby… Join us on the snowy streets of the Old Town for a festive comedy as we revisit this celebrated Christmas tale of a miser redeemed. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.
Micky Flanagan – Warm-up
Fri 25/Sat 26 November 2022.
Evenings: 7.30pm.
A working-class boy done good, Micky Flanagan has risen to the very top of the comedy world. He is dropping into the Playhouse for two nights of warm-up performances before his latest show becomes the finished product. Sold Out.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
Cell Outs
Thurs 24 – Sat 26 November 2022
Evenings: 8pm (Traverse 2).
A dark comedy, with song and silliness, written and performed by two ex-prison officers, Cell Outs follows the true experiences of Harriet and Ella as they join a dubious grad scheme which promises to fulfil their wildest social justice dreams. Book here.

The Wee Hub at the Old Debenhams
The Pianodrome, Ocean Terminal, 74 Ocean Drive, Leith, EH6 6JJ,
A Mannequin for All Seasons
Sat 26 November 2022
One perf: 7pm.
See preview: Mannequins at the Pianodrome
An evening of six works in progress from the Citadel Playwrights Workshop, all using a mannequin for inspiration. Performed script-in-hand under the direction of Hilary Spiers. Tickets: email lizhare@blueyonder.co.uk.


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