This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

It’s amazing the difference a few weeks make. Theatre-goers could have hibernated all the way through January and not missed too much – but it’s all kicking off again now. At the Playhouse, the brand new production of Hairspray promises to be a feel-good feast of a musical, while The Lyceum is putting on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a thought-provoking play that warns of the devastating effect mass hysteria can have in a community. Those with young ones to entertain can head to the Brunton for The Lost Things – a dark fairytale set in a fantastical world that’s suitable for ages 9+.

Hairspray

hairHairspray is back, with a brand new production of the smash hit musical comedy.

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Hairspray is the irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away. Let your hair down and book now.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Monday 22 February – Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm), £20–£45, 0844 871 3014

The Crucible

“I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil!”

crucibleWhen young women are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the God-fearing people of Salem, Massachusetts are told the devil is in their midst and must be rooted out at all costs. Accusations fly, scores are settled, and fear and suspicion reign. With terrifying power and momentum their faith becomes a murderous instrument of lust, paranoia and revenge.

Written during Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist trials in America, this classic tale of the witch hunts in colonial New England still stands as a powerful parable against the politics of fear.

Following huge acclaim for All My Sons, Death of a Salesman,The Price and A View from the Bridge, Lyceum Associate Artist John Dove returns to direct The Crucible, completing The Lyceum’s acclaimed journey through the best loved works of Arthur Miller.

Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, Tuesday 23 February – Saturday 19 March, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm), £13–£29.50 (£10), 0131-248 4848

The Lost Things

lostA boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world.

It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine.

Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing things and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for. This is a dark fairytale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Commissioned by Imaginate and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, with early development funding from Puppet Animation Scotland.

Ages: 9+.

Brunton, Musselburgh, 11am; 1.30pm, £7.50 (Family of 4 £28, 0131-665 2240

Cock

‘Why are you telling me I have to know what I am? It doesn’t matter. I love him because he makes me toast in bed and he’s scared of cling film. I love her because she makes me feel as old as I really am. She’s gentle’

cocAfter his long-term gay relationship breaks down, John unexpectedly meets a woman with whom he discovers new pleasures and excitement. With the ex-boyfriend preening and strutting in the background, and his new girlfriend uncovering a whole different side to his personality, John is increasingly wracked with guilt and indecision about who he is and what he wants. When a civilised dinner party to discuss the way forward rapidly descends into a messy cockfight, John has to make a choice. What will he do?

Tron Theatre Company’s production of Mike Bartlett’s sharp and witty play will be the first UK staging since its Royal Court premiere six years ago.

Featuring James Anthony Pearson, Johnny McKnight, Isobel McArthur & Vincent Friel.

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Thursday 25 February – Saturday 27 February, 8pm, £16.50 (£8.50–£13.50), 0131-228 1404

At The Mountains Of Madness

Theatrical adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s chilling masterpiece.

ATDesperate.  Incensed.  Exhausted.  William Dyer returns from a cursed expedition to the Antarctic. To protect the world, he keeps deep secrets about his experience that he knows will shatter his sanity. But as he comes to the realisation that we, the audience, are planning to go further into the penetrating cold than he dared, will his secrets unfold? Will he finally be resigned to speak? Will he share the truth, and give us terrifying glimpses of – the horror of things that should not be?

Be drawn into the untold world of the Antarctic, and stumble upon unnameable horrors that lie beyond The Mountains of Madness.

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Friday 26 February, 7.30pm,  £12.50 (£10.50; Children £7.50), 0131-665 2240

Little Black Raincloud

Little Black Raincloud is Edinburgh-based playwright and author, Jean Findlay’s, new one-act play.

Published this year, it follows four characters living under the clouds of a strained marriage and a terror threat. Radio announcements of an ‘incident’ punctuate. “The nature of the explosion at Paddington Station has not been ascertained. A terrorist attack has not been ruled out.’ The four horsemen of the apocalypse are clattering down the platform.

Bedlam Theatre, Bristo Place, Wednesday 24 February – Thursday 25 February, 7.30pm, £4.50–£5.50, 0131-225 9893

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