This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

In local theatres this week, West End smash Handbagged hits the Capital on its UK tour, everyone’s favourite green ogre continues to tread the boards at the Playhouse, and the Chrysalis Festival opens at the Traverse.


handbaggedLiz vs Maggie: Two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?
Starring Susie Blake (The Victoria Wood Show, Coronation Street) as The Queen and Kate Fahy (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) as Thatcher.
Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors.
Be sure to bag a ticket for this wickedly funny and brilliantly astute West End smash hit comedy.
Handbagged, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, until Wednesday, November 4, 7.30pm, £14–£29.50, 0131-529 6000


Tipping The Velvet

 It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in thTIPPINGe audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight she will fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler; a girl who wears trousers. Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.
Acclaimed playwright Laura Wade (Posh, Royal Court & West End) brings Sarah Waters’ audacious bestselling novel to The Lyceum’s beautiful Victorian stage in an electrifying new adaptation, directed by Olivier award winner Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica, Almeida & West End).Tipping the Velvet is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the Lyric Hammersmith.
Note: This production contain scenes of an adult nature.
Tipping The Velvet, Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh,  –

Shrek The Musical

 Direct from the West End and larger thSHREKan life!Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical is this year’s must-see show for all the family.
Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!
Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, Shrek the Musical brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure.
Recommended for ages 5+
Shrek The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, until November 8, various times, 19.50–£49.50, 0844-871 3014

Alice Mary Cooper: The Box

theboxIn 1921 a group of postal workers in Dundee created a unique time capsule as a memorial to those who had died in WWI. This casket, crammed with papers, lay forgotten for many years on a shelf in a sorting office. It was rediscovered in 2013 by a woman tracing her family’s history and was opened on the hundredth anniversary of the start of the war. This is the story of what was found inside.
Theatre maker and performer Alice Mary Cooper has been given special access to the photos, letters and books inside the box by Great War Dundee. Join her as she lifts the lid and explores this extraordinary last post from the First World War.
Alice Mary Cooper: The Box, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Friday, November 6, 7.30pm, £12.50 (£10.50), 0131-665 2240

Chrysalis Festival

Chrysalis FestivalAfter a period of ravenous consumption, a caterpillar finds its perch and forms a chrysalis.
The dormant ‘imaginal cells’ begin creating new form and structure. They persist, they multiply and connect. They resonate at the same frequency and begin to act together.
That is the new beginning. That is when a butterfly will be born.
The first ever Chrysalis festival showcases ambitious and provocative work by emerging young talent from across the UK and features the following four productions: I’d Rather Humble Than Hero/Junction 25 (Glasgow); Headz/20 Stories High (Liverpool); Southside Stories/Citizens Theatre Young Co. (Glasgow); Under The Covers/ Contact Young Company (Manchester).
The festival includes an accompanying programme of free panel discussions which aim to explore the position of youth theatre in a wider context.
Chrysalis is also part of the Call To Create season, curated by the Roundhouse London. This season combines the new ideas, energy and talent of young people with the experience of established artists to inspire audiences around the world.
Chrysalis Festival, Traverse Theatre, Grindlay Street, Friday, November 6-Saturday, November 7, various times (see below), £12 (£10), three-show pass £22, full festival pass £32, 0131-228 1404

Dates & Times
Friday 6 November
7pm:  i’d rather humble than hero /Junction 25 (Glasgow)
8.15pm:  Headz / 20 Stories High (Liverpool)
Saturday 7 November
11am : Southside Stories / Citizens Theatre Young Co. (Glasgow)
12.15pm:  Under The Covers / Contact Young Company (Manchester)
2pm:  Panel discussion: Critically Speaking
3pm:  Headz / 20 Stories High (Liverpool)
4.15pm:  I’d rather humble than hero /Junction 25 (Glasgow)
6pm:  Panel discussion: The Butterfly Effect
7pm:  Under The Covers / Contact Young Company (Manchester)
8.15pm:  Southside Stories / Citizens Theatre Young Co. (Glasgow)

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