On Stage This Week

Listings for week ending Sunday 21 April 2024:

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

Church Hill Theatre
33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR.
We Believe in Magic (LYAMC)
Thurs 18 – Sat 20 April 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm.

The young dreamers of the Lothian Youth Arts and Musicals Company under MD Carole Gibson with their annual Spring concert, choreographed by past LYAMC member Amanda McNally. Book here.

Dirty Martini
16 George Street EH2 2PF.
Sondheim Sunday (Blackout Productions)
Sun 21 April 2024
Two shows: 4pm & 7.30pm.

Join the lushes, lovelies and Lesley Ward fan club as the Blackout peeps sing songs from some of the greatest shows on earth including Gypsy, Sunday in the Park With George, Follies and more. Compère Scott Anderson has the (mostly true) trivia: The late night request from Barbara; A secret passion for crosswords; Why Katharine Hepburn stole his plant. Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Run ends – Sat 27 April 2024
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Æ Review: ★★★★★ The storm’s eye.
The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. Book here.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848.
The Girls of Slender Means
By Gabriel Quigley, adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark
Sat 13 April – Sat 4 May 2024.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Weds & Sat: 2.30pm.
Æ review: ★★★☆☆ Poignant.
Set in the summer of 1945, in a hostel for the ‘Pecuniary Convenience and Social Protection of Ladies of Slender Means below the age of Thirty Years, who are obliged to reside apart from their Families in order to follow an Occupation in London.’, The Girls of Slender Means follows the adventures of the women who live there. They do their best to act as if the war never happened. But behind the girls’ giddy literary and amorous explorations hides an exquisite fragility and sinister peril, as they strive to survive ‘when all the nice people were poor’. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
Johannes Radebe: House of Jojo
Sunday 21 April 2024.
Evening: 7.30pm.

A new story begins…Welcome to the House of JoJo. Join TV Dance Sensation Johannes Radebe and a host of eclectic characters in this brand-new theatrical celebration jam-packed with roof-raising music, dazzling costumes and of course, world class dance. Book here.

The Stand Comedy Club
5 York Place, EH1 3EB.
The Magic of Terry Pratchett
Sat 20 April 2024.
Afternoon: 4pm.

Comedian and Pratchett biographer Marc Burrows explores the writer’s life, influences, impact, wit* and wisdom – from his days as a school librarian to his time as a trainee journalist to his untimely death from Alzheimers in 2015. *Warning: includes bad puns and unnecessary footnotes. Book here.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404.
Thurs 18 – Sat 20 Apr 2024.
Evenings: 8pm (Trav 2).
Don Murphy is a proud Irish man, a hopeless ketamine addict and one of his generation’s greatest actors. He also happens to be a chicken. A Kerry cock to be precise. Across one fateful night, the feathered Oscar winner shares his star-studded story with an intimate audience. Book here.

Studio Theatre
The Studio, 22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
James V: Katherine
Fri 5 – Sat 20 April 2024.
Previews Fri 5/Sat 6, Tue 9: 7.30pm.
Tue – Sat 7.30pm; Mats Thurs, Sat : 2.30pm.
See Æ news story: Next James play announced
The latest instalment in the James Plays series from writer Rona Munro. One woman’s love story, during the time that changed Scotland forever.” Any human soul has only two real choices. How we live and how we die…”  Book here.

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, the Caledonian
Princes Street, EH1 2AB.
Edinburgh Magic
Sat 20 April 2024
Two shows: 6pm & 8.30pm (Versailles Suite).
Æ Review: ★★★★☆ Rosy
Kevin Quantum performs an hour of magic that’s fooled some of the most brilliant and creative people ever to have lived, often times with strong links to Edinburgh and Scotland. An elegant, intimate and quite astonishing evening of magic, mystery and wonder in one of Edinburgh’s most historic and enchanting hotels. 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.