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We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week.
Fat Friends: The Musical
The hit TV show Fat Friends from award-winning national treasure Kay Mellor (creator of Band of Gold, The Syndicate and In The Club) is bursting onto the stage in a brand new musical, with original music by Nick Lloyd Webber. Join the infamous group of TV’s most loveable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting in to the wedding dress of her dreams. Packed full of warmth, life and weight loss, this new stage show reunites our favourite foodie friends in an eagerly anticipated musical brimming with hope, humour and heart. With a star cast including West End favourite and winner of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, Jodie Prenger, X Factor winner Sam Bailey and star of Emmerdale and The Royal, Natalie Anderson, Fat Friends The Musical is a feel-good night out.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Thursday 19 April to Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2.30pm), £20.40-£77.40, 0844-871 3014
World premiere Traverse Theatre Company in association with National Theatre of Scotland
Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year-old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust even in those closest to them is shattered. Fear and doubt consume them, until they reach a savage breaking point.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Friday 20 April to Saturday 12 May, various times, £12-£16, 0131-228 1404
The Mark of the Beast
Inspired by Glasgow and its relationship with alcohol and addiction, Martin’s latest poetry performance The Mark of the Beast explores society through a prism of morality, temptation and family attitudes towards the ‘demon drink,’ and is performed in Martin O’Connor’s recognisable blend of Scots and song, shot through with religious references and imagery.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Thursday 19 April, 7.30pm, £10 (£8; Members £7.50), 0131-556 9579
A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Margaret Saves Scotland
Margaret Holt embarked on a holiday romance with a difference and it changed her life. Falling in love with Scotland filled her with a burning desire to liberate the country from the English yoke. But what could a nine-year-old lass from Yorkshire do to make that dream come true? Join Margaret as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Tuesday 17 April to Saturday 21 April, 1pm, £13.50, 0131-228 1404
War Horse tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert (Lee Armstrong in his National Theatre debut), his beloved horse Joey, and the unimaginable obstacles they overcome both individually and together. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Filled with stirring music and some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time, War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, and an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, Wednesday 18 April to Sunday 22 April, various times, £26.50-£61, 0131-529 6000