This Week’s Theatre: Top Tickets

Things are still quiet on the theatre front – as is the way every January – but there are still a handful of productions worth braving the cold for. At the Playhouse on Sunday, Vampires Rock, starring Steve Steinman as Barron Von Rockula, is a must-see for fans of rock ‘n’ roll. At the Lyceum, Conor McPherson’s haunting The Weir is revived until 6 February. And for those of you are still to see it, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves enjoys its final week.

Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train

After 12 years and over a million tickets sold Steve Steinman returns as Barron Von Rockula in the all new Vampires Rock SagaThe Ghost Train.

vampAs Club Live and Let Die burns to the ground, Barron Von Rockula played By Steve Steinman flees the ill fated club with his band of blood sucking vampires in search of a new home. Eventually they come across an old abandoned fairground ride The Ghost Train where they take refuge and make this their new home. The Barron and his motley crew then set a cunning plan to lure victims into the ride and to live in Rock n Roll hell forever.

Along with Steve Steinman, is a full cast of superb singers, dancers and a formidable band blast their way through some of the greatest ever classic rock anthems including We Will Rock You, Bat Out of Hell, Sweet Child Of Mine, Total Eclipse of the Heartand many more.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Sunday, 17 January, 7.30pm, £26.75–£28.25, 0844-871 3014

First Foot To Arrival

A special free event – part fundraiser, part awareness-raiser, part scratch night, part winter warmer.

The current refugee crisis is overwhelming in so many ways. The Scottish theatre community has already responded generously through a Just Giving page, and inspired by that, we would like to invite you to a fundraiser in the New Year.

firstWriters, musicians, performers and speakers will be sharing work on themes of ‘welcome’, ‘arrival’ and the current situation.

There will be work from: Playwrights Alan Bissett, David Harrower, Sara Shaarwai and Stef Smith; Theatre-maker Catrin Evans; Poet Don Paterson; Performance poet Jaimini Jethwa; Puppetry from Tortoise in a Nutshell; A game by Ishbel Macfarlane; Music from Aly Macrae.

Buckets will be passed, fun will be had, there might even be an auction!  It’s a chance to come together in the darkest time of the year for a good cause.

Money raised on the night will be donated to the Edinburgh-based Refugee Survival Trust and the Scottish Detainee Visitors, two charities that do incredibly important work for vulnerable people within Scotland.

If you would like to get involved with performing on the night or donate prizes to the auction, please contact Joe Douglas on [email protected]

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Friday, 15 January, 7.30pm, free (donations welcome), 0131-228 1404

The Weir

“There’s no dark like a winter night in the country. And there was a wind like this one,howling and whistling in off the sea. It was this type of night now. Am I setting the scene for you?”

weirYou are guaranteed a good laugh and warm welcome when you join the local lads in Brendan’s Bar county Leitrim. When a young woman arrives from Dublin, the fellas impress her with their local ghost stories but as the night draws in, Valerie will share a haunting tale of her own.

Winner of the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s moving, elegiac tale is a masterpiece of modern theatre. Quietly compelling and strangely chilling, The Weir is the perfect story for a winter night.

Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Friday, 15 January – Saturday, 6 February, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm), £13–£29.50, 0131-248 4848

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.