We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week…
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!
Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, Tuesday 28 February – Saturday 4 March, various times, £20.50–£30.50, 0131-529 6000
Anton and Erin: Swing Time
Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with an exciting new show for 2017.
Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music such as I Got Rhythm, Moondance, Guys and Dolls, Le Jazz Hot,Strike Up The Band, I’ve Got The World On A String, I Could Have Danced All Night.
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Saturday 4 March, 7.30pm, £39.50–£44.50, 0131-228 1155
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
The Matt Monro Story
Tribute to Matt Monro’s life and music performed by his son, Matt Monro Jnr.
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Saturday 4 March, £22.50, 0131-665 2240
If I Had a Girl
Amina, MWRC presents If I had a girl… is a groundbreaking verbatim production that provides startling insight into the lived experience of honour-based violence in ethnic minority communities around Scotland. In their own words, survivors and perpetrators of honour-based violence show us how the choices we make, the families we are born into, and the expectations of others can shape our lives irrevocably.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, Thursday 2 March, 8pm, £16.50 (£8.50–£13.50), 0131-228 1404
Fresh from their successful five star, sell out Edinburgh Fringe run, Captivate Theatre brings Lionel Bart’s timeless musical to life, for four performances only.
Oliver! remains one of the most loved British musicals ever, combining Dickens’ classic story and characters, with a sensational score. The iconic songs include Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Thursday 2 March – Saturday 4 March, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee, 2pm), £14 (£12; Family £50), 0131-665 2240