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We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week.
Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. ‘Remembering Fred’ will take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment plus audiences will see and hear video footage of famous Fred Fans including Twiggy, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Bruce Oldfield sharing stories.
Brought to life by the producer of Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins’ Viva La Diva, ‘Remembering Fred’ will feature song and dance, celebrating the legacy of one of Hollywood’s true screen legends and entertainers.
Aljaz and Janette will be performing steps and turns from the golden age of Hollywood’s most celebrated dance routines. Audiences will hear from famous Fred fans who will share stories of how the screen icon touched their lives and discuss what made him so special.
The show, which promises to be a magical evening of top hat, white tie and wonderful tales, is backed by a full supporting cast of dancers, a live band and sensational singers. The cast will perform classics from the American Songbook, written by the likes of George & Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.
‘Remembering Fred’ will feature classic songs including They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Night & Day, S’Wonderful, Cheek To Cheek, Puttin’ On The Ritz, Let’s Face The Music & Dance, The Way You Look Tonight, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails plus many more.
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Saturday 5 May, £21.45–£82.50, 0131-228 1155
A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Bubblewrap
A play about moving house.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Tuesday 1 May to Saturday 5 May, 1pm, £13.50, 0131-228 1404
The Carpenters Story
This highly acclaimed concert-style production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular re-creation of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music.
The outstanding vocal talents of Claire Furley and pianist / artistic director Phil Aldridge take centre-stage, accompanied by Richard Carpenter’s original orchestral arrangements from LIVE musicians, and a stage-wide backdrop of state-of-the-art video projection.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Friday 4 May, £26.40–£27.90 , 0844-871 3014
August Strindberg’s masterpiece is a gripping exploration of a love triangle, which ricochets from biting comedy one minute to devastating tragedy the next. You are never quite sure what will happen next. Stewart Laing of Untitled Projects brings his stunning visual style to David Greig’s adaptation.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Friday 27 April to Saturday 12 may, various times, £14-£32 (£10), 0131-248 4848
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
World premiere Traverse Theatre Company in association with National Theatre of Scotland
I know my boy. I’d know if something had happened to him.
Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to 3-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, Tuesday 1 May to Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm, £11–£22, 0131-228 1404
Edinburgh Music Theatre presents Guys and Dolls
This sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers features some of Broadway’s greatest show-stopping tunes, including Luck be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat and My Time of Day. A guaranteed spectacular evening of entertainment.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Wednesday 2 May to Saturday 5 May, £15–£20, 0131-529 6000