This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

The festive season doesn’t just mean panto – though there’s plenty of that across the Capital right now. At the Playhouse on Thursday night, there’s two hours of Christmas songs in So This Is Christmas, while Shit-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream is a take on the Bard like no other. Elsewhere, Circa Beyond, which is part of the fantastic Edinburgh’s Christmas programme, is an absolute must-see.

So This is Christmas

sothisPerformed by a talented cast and fully live band, So This is Christmas features two hours of seasonal classics such as White Christmas, Let It Snow, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bell Rock, Last Christmas, Merry Christmas Everybody, All I Want for Christmas is You and Fairytale of New York.

Seasonal fun for all the family, this collection of festive favourites will make the most dedicated Scrooge Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day and end up Rockin around the Christmas Tree.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Thursday, December 10, 7.30pm, £16–£28.50, 0844 871 3014

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

shitShit-faced Shakespeare is the deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member.
Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has been running since 2010 and has already entertained over 30,000 eager theatre goers across the UK. Having successfully completed multiple sell-out runs of the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals.
With a genuinely drunken professional actor selected at random every night, no two shows are ever the same and audiences can even dictate when the actor gets to drink more to prevent unwanted sobriety.
Shit-Faced Shakespeare seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard by reviving the raucous, interactive and vibrant nature of Elizabethan theatre with a very modern twist – reminding them as we go to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly.

St Andrew Square, Wednesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 13, 9.30pm, £14, part of Edinburgh’s Christmas

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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