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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Auld Reekie. The city centre streets are illuminated with thousands of colourful lights, and in the Capital’s theatres there’s plenty of great shows to get all the family into the festive spirit. At the King’s, panto legends Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are currently treading the boards in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella is charming audiences at the Brunton and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at the Lyceum is a simply must-see. For music lovers, The Playhouse has two midweek shows that are guaranteed to have them dancing in the aisles.
The Magic of Motown
Celebrating 50 years of UK No.1 hit singles. Featuring more chart toppers than ever before, starring the music of the Four Tops, Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and more, the show marks the official arrival of Motown style, sophistication and musical brilliance to these shores.
Songs like Dancing in the Street, My Girl, Where Did Our Love Go, My Guy and Baby Love rocketed Motown to the top of the singles charts in 1964. Incredibly, 100 more worldwide Motown No.1 hits followed.
The legend of the great record label lives on, live on stage: five-star performances revive more than 36 back-to-back massive Motown classics with all the dazzling dance moves, glittering costume changes and superb musicianship synonymous with the label.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Wednesday, December 2, 7.30pm, £25.50–£27, 0844-871 3014
Beyond The Barricade
Beyond the Barricade has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live!
Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert.
Beyond the Barricade features songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables!
Don’t miss the return of Beyond the Barricade to experience its nationwide reputation for quality and perfection in musical theatre and find out why this exciting show has received critical acclaim across the UK and abroad.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Thursday, December 3, 7.30pm, £20.50, 0844-871 3014
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
“It’s a magic wardrobe. There’s a wood inside it, and it’s snowing, and there’s a faun and a witch and it’s called Narnia. Come and see.”
This Christmas, The Lyceum is delighted to present C.S. Lewis’ classic tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Step with us through a dusty wardrobe and into a snowy landscape filled with thrilling adventure.
Meet the majestic Aslan, the loveable Mr Tumnus and his fantastical friends and join their quest to free Narnia from the spell of the White Witch.
A festive treat of music and song from the team that brought you The Lyceum’s magical festive shows The BFG and A Christmas Carol.
Suitable for all ages.
Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, until January 3, various times and prices, see www.http://lyceum.org.uk for full details.
Tracks of the Winter Bear
A forest in winter. A city at night. The first fall of snow.
Where do the tracks lead? What waits in the dark?
Two plays. One inspiration.
A seasonal tale of lovers, loners and carnivores.
The Traverse Theatre presents a very special double bill of short plays by two of its most successful alumni, Rona Munro (The James Plays, Iron, The Last Witch) and Stephen Greenhorn (Passing Places, Sunshine on Leith), both defining voices in Scottish theatre.
Featuring an ensemble company and a colourful musical score, Tracks of the Winter Bear provides the perfect escape for those dark December nights.
Tracks of the Winter Bear is directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin (Swallow, Spoiling, Ciara) and Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris (The Garden, While You Lie).
Post-show Discussion: Sat 19 Dec, 7.30pm
Audio Described and Touch Tour Performance: Tue 22 Dec, 7.30pm, with the touch tour commencing 45 minutes before show start time.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Saturday, December 5 – Thursday, December 24, 7.30pm (2.30pm 9&24 Dec), 18 (£8–£14), 0131-228 1404
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
A magical carpet ride as panto legends Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott return to the King’s for another unmissable pantomime adventure!
With sensational special effects, this year’s King’s Panto will make all your wishes come true. Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, if you ask your genie for just one thing this year, make it a trip to see Aladdin at the King’s.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, until January 17, various time and prices, see www.edtheatres.com for full details.
The Brunton’s panto this year is full of fun and laughter with oodles of gags, local references, chart hits, outrageous costumes and lots of singing, dancing and shouting out. Our fabulous cast of professional actors are supported by a chorus of talented, local, young performers from across East Lothian.
The Brunton specialises in producing fun and interactive traditional pantomimes that are suitable for all the family, from 4 to 104!
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, until January 2, various times and prices, see thebrunton.co.uk for full details.
From the circus company that brought you Wunderkammer and How Like An Angel comes an extraordinary and daring new cabaret show.
Enter the deliciously surreal world of Beyond where Rubix cubes and white rabbits meld with jaw-dropping acrobatics as bodies fly and tumble through a curiouser and curiouser universe.
Suitable for ages 14+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult).
‘White-hot, funny and sexy, these are super-human acrobats masquerading as mere mortals.’
St Andrew Square, until Sunday, 3 January, 7.30pm, weekdays £18.50 (£17), weekends, £19.50 (£18), part of Edinburgh’s Christmas
‘Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love
and their stick children three … ’
But the world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
Touching, funny and utterly original, this delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler’s hugely popular children’s book is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
Based on the real-life romance between legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and his rising star Mabel Normand, it tells the story of 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.
St Andrew Square, until Tuesday, 29 December, times vary, £14.50, part of Edinburgh’s Christmas