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We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week.
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
With over 70% of it improvised and some new script, every show is different – though chaos always reigns as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a three-course meal. Expect lashings of laughter, huge spoonfuls of spontaneity and plenty of participation in a true blend of ingenious comedy and unique scripting that’s ideal for comedy and theatre fans – or just anyone who fancies going out for an unforgettable meal. Celebration performances include even more surprises; see website for details.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Friday 27 April – Saturday 28 April, various times, £12.95-£60, 0844-871 3014
August Strindberg’s masterpiece is a gripping exploration of a love triangle, which ricochets from biting comedy one minute to devastating tragedy the next. You are never quite sure what will happen next. Stewart Laing of Untitled Projects brings his stunning visual style to David Greig’s adaptation.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Friday 27 April to Saturday 12 may, various times, £14-£32 (£10), 0131-248 4848
Edinbal Dance Workshops: A Dance Tour of Europe
From social and energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couple dances from France, this series will take you on a folkdance tour of Europe! All workshops are independent from each other and suitable for complete beginners, with a mixture of taught dances, social dancing and live music. Soft shoes recommended.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Wednesday 25 April, £5 (£3; Members £2.50), 0131-556 9579
Guid Crack Storytelling Session
Monthly storytelling night.
Waverley Bar, St Mary’s Street, 7.30pm, £4-£5 suggested donation, 0131-557 1050
World premiere Traverse Theatre Company in association with National Theatre of Scotland
Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year-old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust even in those closest to them is shattered. Fear and doubt consume them, until they reach a savage breaking point.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Friday 20 April to Saturday 12 May, various times, £12-£16, 0131-228 1404
A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Eulogy
New play by Rob Drummond.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Tue 24 April to Saturday 28 April, 1pm, £13.50, 0131-228 1404
War Horse tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert (Lee Armstrong in his National Theatre debut), his beloved horse Joey, and the unimaginable obstacles they overcome both individually and together. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Filled with stirring music and some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time, War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, and an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, Wednesday 18 April to Sunday 22 April, various times, £26.50-£61, 0131-529 6000