The Winter’s Tale
The Lyceum returns to the Shakespearian canon with acclaimed director Max Webster (King Lear with Michael Pennington; Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe) presenting a uniquely Scottish take on this bitter-sweet masterpiece.
When King Leontes suspects his wife Hermione of adultery his jealousy tears the kingdom apart. The queen is banished and believed dead, while their daughter Perdita is abandoned among simple shepherd folk. Passionate tragedy interweaves with pastoral comedy, leading to one of Shakespeare’s most magical and moving denouements.
The cast includes Lyceum favourites Maureen Beattie (The Cherry Orchard) and Jimmy Chisolm (Thon Man Molière); and John Michie (Taggart, seen recently in Grain in the Blood at the Traverse Theatre).
This late, great play is performed by a talented company of actor musicians in a vibrant and lyrical production.
Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, Until 4 March, times and prices vary, 0131-248 4848
A Life with the Beatles
In 1961, 19 year-old Neil Aspinall joined The Beatles as their driver. He served the Fab Four for 46 years before stepping down as CEO of Apple Corps, their corporate conglomerate.
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Satruday 25 February, 7.30pm, £13 (£11; Children £8), 0131-665 2240
Pink Mist tells the story of three young men deployed to Afghanistan. As the physical and psychological aftershocks of war take their toll on the loved ones they left behind, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.
Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist was inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen and first staged at Bristol Old Vic in 2015. ‘Eye-opening and brilliantly vivid’ (The Times) this ‘beautifully performed’ (Guardian) production matches powerful words and thrilling movement.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Thursday 23 February to Saturday 25 February, 7.30pm, £11, 0131-228 1404
Southern Light Presents Titanic
RMS Titanic was the ‘ship of dreams’ and ‘unsinkable’ but in the early hours of 15 April 1912 the biggest ocean liner in the world struck an iceberg before sinking with the loss of 1517 souls.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tue 21 February to Saturday 25 February, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm), £14–£19, 0131-529 6000