This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

Former Neighbours heartthrob Jason Donovan once again dons the frocks in the smash hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert. “I think for me, Priscilla is the shoe that fits, the gift that keeps giving,” says the 47-year-old Aussie ahead of his return to the Edinburgh Playhouse. “It resonates all ways. I love this musical – it’s a great Australian story, driven by the plot rather than the songs just being put together.”

Elsewhere in Edinburgh’s theatres, Larry Potter and The Triwizard Hunger Games is a spoof play from Napier University Drama Society, while Circa Beyond, which is part of the fantastic Edinburgh’s Christmas programme, is an absolute must-see.

And if all that isn’t Christmas enough for you, there are pantos galore across the Capital. Oh yes there is!

prisPriscilla Queen of the Desert

Get ready for the ride of your life as the ultimate party, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical! returns in 2015 due to overwhelming popular demand starring Jason Donovan.

Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor classics including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, rush to get your tickets today for this wildly fresh and funny hit musical that will take you on a journey to the heart of fabulous!

Jason Donovan will not be performing on December 24 and 26.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday, December 15 – Saturday, January 2, various times, £14–£50, 0844-871 3014

larryLarry Potter and the Triwizard Hunger Games

Dolores Ombridge has reached the end. A headmistress at one of the roughest state magic schools in the world, where the kids torture the house elves with the sharp ends of their wands rather than learn spells with which to use. However, fortune seems to take a turn when Cornelius Tablet, head of the Magical Ministry, appears in her office with a proposition: Has she heard of Hogworths, with its floating candles, rotating stairs and its reputation as the best magic school in the world?

Would she like to work there? If she can simply investigate how poorly the school is run and report back with enough information for the ministry to oust Dumblederp – she’ll be headmaster there instead. All she needs to do is enter the ‘best and brightest’ of her kids into the Tri-Wizard tournament being held there. It’s fine, they probably won’t even be selected.

Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, Friday, December 18 – Saturday, December 19, 7pm, £7 (£5; Students £5), 0131-623 3030

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

“It’s a magic wardrobe. There’lions a wood inside it, and it’s snowing, and there’s a faun and a witch and it’s called Narnia. Come and see.”
This Christmas, The Lyceum is delighted to present C.S. Lewis’ classic tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Step with us through a dusty wardrobe and into a snowy landscape filled with thrilling adventure.
Meet the majestic Aslan, the loveable Mr Tumnus and his fantastical friends and join their quest to free Narnia from the spell of the White Witch.
A festive treat of music and song from the team that brought you The Lyceum’s magical festive shows The BFG and A Christmas Carol.
Suitable for all ages.
Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, until January 3, various times and prices, see www.http://lyceum.org.uk for full details.

Tracks of the Winter Bear

A forest in winter. A city at night. The first fall of snow.
Where do the tracks lead? What waits in the dark?
Two plays. One inspiration.
A seasonal tale of lovers, loners and carnivores.

bearThe Traverse Theatre presents a very special double bill of short plays by two of its most successful alumni, Rona Munro (The James Plays, Iron, The Last Witch) and Stephen Greenhorn (Passing Places, Sunshine on Leith), both defining voices in Scottish theatre.

Featuring an ensemble company and a colourful musical score, Tracks of the Winter Bear provides the perfect escape for those dark December nights.

Tracks of the Winter Bear is directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin (Swallow, Spoiling, Ciara) and Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris (The Garden, While You Lie).

Post-show Discussion: Sat 19 Dec, 7.30pm

Audio Described and Touch Tour Performance: Tue 22 Dec, 7.30pm, with the touch tour commencing 45 minutes before show start time.

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Saturday, December 5 – Thursday, December 24, 7.30pm (2.30pm 9&24 Dec), 18 (£8–£14),  0131-228 1404

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

A magical carpet ride as panto legends Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott return to the King’s for another unmissable pantomime adventure!

snowWith sensational special effects, this year’s King’s Panto will make all your wishes come true. Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, if you ask your genie for just one thing this year, make it a trip to see Aladdin at the King’s.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, until January 17, various time and prices, see www.edtheatres.com for full details.

Cinderella

cindThe Brunton’s panto this year is full of fun and laughter with oodles of gags, local references, chart hits, outrageous costumes and lots of singing, dancing and shouting out. Our fabulous cast of professional actors are supported by a chorus of talented, local, young performers from across East Lothian.
The Brunton specialises in producing fun and interactive traditional pantomimes that are suitable for all the family, from 4 to 104!
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, until January 2, various times and prices, see thebrunton.co.uk for full details.

Circa:Beyondcirca

From the circus company that brought you Wunderkammer and How Like An Angel comes an extraordinary and daring new cabaret show.
Enter the deliciously surreal world of Beyond where Rubix cubes and white rabbits meld with jaw-dropping acrobatics as bodies fly and tumble through a curiouser and curiouser universe.
Suitable for ages 14+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult).
‘White-hot, funny and sexy, these are super-human acrobats masquerading as mere mortals.’
St Andrew Square, until Sunday, 3 January, 7.30pm, weekdays £18.50 (£17), weekends, £19.50 (£18), part of Edinburgh’s Christmas

Stick Man

‘Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love
and their stick children three … ’
But the world outside the family tree is a dangerousticks place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
Touching, funny and utterly original, this delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler’s hugely popular children’s book is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
Based on the real-life romance between legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and his rising star Mabel Normand, it tells the story of Hollywood’s golden age, where the fun of the silent screen was dominated by the hysterical chaos of the Keystone Kops and the glamour of the bathing beauties. A world where heroes wore capes, girls were tied to the railway tracks and it all ended with a pie in the face.
St Andrew Square, until Tuesday, 29 December, times vary, £14.50, part of Edinburgh’s Christmas

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