This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre, Top Tickets

It’s hits galore at the Edinburgh Playhouse this week as the ever-popular musical Jersey Boys returns to the Capital, while Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible continues to pack them in at the Royal Lyceum – and for good reason. At The Augustine Church, Julius Caesar sees a brand new twist on Shakespeare’s famous play, with the action recast in the cut-throat world of professional football.

Jersey Boys

jerWinner of 54 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Jersey Boys, the internationally acclaimed hit musical, tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history.

Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own unique sound, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide. With spectacular performances of all their hits, Jersey Boys is the electrifying true life story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons; the mob, the heartaches, the triumphs and the music.

This sensational production features many of the bands worldwide hits, including: Beggin’, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Oh What a Night, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye), Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more.

Jersey Boys has now been seen by over four million people worldwide.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday 1 March to Saturday 5 March, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm), £22.75–£65.25, 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

Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise

rockLord Tim’s sensationally popular production Rock n Roll Paradise continues to thrill British audiences with its high octane, non-stop performances of the world’s most popular rock n roll hits. Featuring the country’s top tributes to Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Eddie Cochran and supported by the outstanding Paradise Band, this show is over two hours of non-stop rock n roll, featuring over forty classics.

Great Balls of Fire, Whole Lotta Shakin, Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up, That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Shake Rattle and Roll, La Bamba, Summertime Blues, Twenty Flight Rock, Pretty Woman and Only The Lonely are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Brunton, Musselburgh, Friday 4 March, 7.30pm, £20 (£18), 0131-665 2240

Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (Non si paga, Non si paga!)

can'tPerformed in Italian by students of the University of Edinburgh.

Known for mixing sharp political satire with wacky social farce, Dario Fo is one of the most famous playwrights and performers of contemporary Italian theatre. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1997.

If stealing is objectionable in a society, is it not equally wrong to let the cost of living raise beyond people’s ability to pay? Can’t pay, Won’t Pay centres on this challenging ethical question and the original backlash of two frustrated Italian housewives against skyrocketing prices, economic crisis and job redundancies.

One of Fo’s most hilarious social farces, the play was translated into English by Lino Pertile, and premiered in the UK in 1978 in London. It was revived in 1981 for London’s West End, where it ran for two consecutive years.

Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, Wednesday 2 March – Thursday 3 March, 7.30pm, £6 (£5), 0131-623 3030

Anton and Erin Just Gotta Dance

antonJoin the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with a thrilling new show for 2016 to dazzle audiences across the UK.

Featuring exciting new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music from the golden age.

With classic hits; Fever, Night and Day, Lullaby of Broadway, Too Darn Hot, Bye Bye Blackbird, Jealousy Downtown,New York New York.

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 7.30pm, £39.50–£43.50, 0131-228 1155

Julius Caesar

jukesA brand new twist on Shakespeare’s classic sees the play recast in the cut-throat world of pro football where there’s a grimy underworld beneath the charade of the modern football celebrity. Personal codes of honour are all that are left in a world of corruption, hooligans and futile violence.

Triumph and glory may be eternal, but individuals are not.

Award-winning Edinburgh company Aulos Productions presents a new footballing take on Shakespeare’s classic Julius Caesar, at time when it has never been more relevant.

The Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Tuesday 1 March – Saturday 5 March, 7.30pm, £10 (£8; Students £7), 0131-220 1677

Texts: Third Party