This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

In Edinburgh theatres this week, King Charles III hits the Festival Theatre after a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, the famously dark and sadistic Wednesday Addams grows up and falls in love at the Pleasance Theatre, and Stick Man, at St Andrew Square, is a delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler’s hugely popular children’s book.

King Charles III

Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed new future history play King Charles III transfers to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

kingDirected by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, this ‘bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play’ (The Independent) explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

King Charles III is the fourth production to transfer from the Almeida Theatre to the West End with co-producer Sonia Friedman Productions, following Chimerica, Ghosts and 1984. Book now for the must-see play of the year.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Monday, 16 November – Saturday, 21 November, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee, 2.30pm), £15–£30.50, 0131 529 6000

addamsThe Addams Family: The Musical

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Pleasance Theatre, The Pleasance, Tuesday, 17 November – Saturday, 21 November, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee, 2.30pm), £12 (£8) (students £6), tickets from www.eusog.org/addamsfamily

Tonight… A West End Christmas

wets_end_christmas_aaaedinburghLondon’s West End returns to Edinburgh for Tonight… A West End Christmas. Back, by popular demand, is West End leading lady Ruthie Henshall. Ruthie will be joined on stage by Louise Dearman, famous for her role as Elphaba in Wicked and many more hit shows. Making his debut at the Usher Hall is another West End leading man, Jon Lee, known for his roles in Les Miserables, Jersey Boys and, of course, from the pop band S Club 7.  The show will feature classic show tunes from Broadway as well as West End showstoppers. The audience can also look forward to a few festive gems to kick-start the Christmas celebrations.

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Sunday, 22 November, 7.30pm, £23.10-£38.50, 0131-228 1155, www.tonightproductions.co.uk

Circa:Beyond

From the circus company that brought you Wunderkammer and How Like An Angel comes an extraordinary and daring new cabaret show.

circaEnter 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, Friday, 20 November – Sunday, 3 January, 7.30pm, weekdays £18.50 (£17), weekends, £19.50 (£18), part of Edinburgh’s Christmas

magicMagic Sho

Magic Sho waves her magic wand and a small white rabbit suddenly appears. She saws the rabbit in half* and produces carrots from behind his ears. It’s all going really well – so why does the rabbit look so sad?

*Please note: no rabbits (not even toy ones) are harmed in this show.

By Shona Reppe. Directed by Gill Robertson

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Thursday, 19 November – Saturday, 21 November, 1.30pm; 6.30pm, £10, 0131-228 1404

MacBraveheart: The Other Scottish Play

Rooted in the past of a dystopian pre-independence future – that means a minimalist set littered with industrial remnants and a broken toilet – Scotland’s greatest heroes, Wallace, Bruce and Burns, are tempted by their inner demons to confront their outer Hebrides. Lust, power, treachery, betrayal … sorry, have I just given away the ending?

This epic production exposes the true price of freedom – it’s not just something you can pick up in Lidl’s – whilst treading the fine line between dark, visceral theatre and disappearing up one’s own backside.

28 York Place, Friday, 20 November, 7.30pm, £12, £12, 0131-524 0110

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 dangerous 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?

stickTouching, 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, Friday, 20 November – Tuesday, 29 December, times vary, £14.50, part of Edinburgh’s Christmas

Mack And Mabel

Direct from its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre, the dazzling Broadway musical comedy Mack & Mabel stars double Olivier award-winning Michael Ball (Hairspray, Sweeney Todd) as Mack Sennett and introduces Rebecca LaChance (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Mabel Normand.

mackMack & Mabel features an outstanding score by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles) and is widely admired for its classic Broadway hits including I Won’t Send Roses, Time Heals Everything and Tap Your Troubles Away.

In a production by a multi award-winning team, with direction by Jonathan Church (Singin’ in the Rain) design by Robert Jones(The Wizard of Oz) and choreography by Stephen Mear (Mary Poppins), this Evening Standard award winning musical comedy is both a poignant love story and a joyous celebration of the excitement, glamour and sparkling humour of the era of silent movies.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday, 10 November – Saturday, 21 November, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm, £15–£70 / 0844 871 3014

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