In local theatres this week, everyone’s favourite green ogre is treading the boards at the Playhouse, there’s a raucous new take on Sarah Waters’ 1998 bestseller at the Lyceum, and The Great Gatsby brings some 1920s glamour to Musselburgh.
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And Then There Were None returns to the stage to follow in the footsteps of the company’s hugely successful Black Coffeeand Go Back For Murder.
Starring BAFTA-nominated stage and screen star Paul Nicholas, Colin Buchanan, from Dalziel and Pascoe, Deborah Grant, who starred in Not Going Out, Peak Practice and Bergerac, TV favourite Mark Curry and from ITV’s award winning Soldier Soldier, Ben Nealon.
A group of 10 strangers are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon. Upon arrival it is discovered that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing… Stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme, one by one the guests begin to die… With only the fallen believed to be innocent who amongst them is the killer?
Based on the bestselling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s own stage adaptation of this dark and captivating tale will thrill and enthral, as murder unfolds.
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Edinburgh, until October 31, 7.30pm (matinees Wed and Sat, 2.30pm), £15-£30, 0131-529 6000
Tipping The Velvet
It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the 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 than 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
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific focuses on a group of American sailors and nurses stationed on an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII.
Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with middle-aged French plantation owner Emile. She is shocked when she discovers that he has mixed-race children from his first marriage. At the same time, US lieutenant Cable falls for an island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices in this epic tale of romance and war.
With world famous numbers including ‘I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair’, ‘Some enchanted evening’, ‘There is nothing like a dame’ and ‘I’m in love with a wonderful guy’, This perennial favourite is not to be missed!
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific by James A Michener. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. South Pacific, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, until October 31, 7.30pm (matinee, Saturday, 2.30pm), £16 (children £8), 0131-447 759
The Moonlit Road And Other Ghostly Tales
A young man crouches in the corner of his bedroom late one night and waits. He waits. He waits, for something terrible to come for him.
This town is the home of many a strange tale. Disturbing events, skeletons in closets, things half glimpsed.
But our young narrator isn’t afraid. Because his own tale is perhaps the strangest and most disturbing of the lot… with Philip Kingscott (Passing Through, The Garden). For ages 12+ The Moonlit Road And Other Ghostly Tales, Summerhall, October 28 to 31, 8pm , £10 (£8), 0131-560 1581
The Great Gatsby
Immersing you in the decadence of America’s Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby is brought to life in this sizzling new stage adaptation from acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre. Commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of the novel’s publication, this production recently embarked on a 98-date tour across the UK.
Recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America’s Roaring Twenties, as seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, F Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is a brilliant evocation of a society obsessed with wealth and status. The Great Gatsby, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, October 29-30, 7.30pm, £12.50 (£10.50; under 18s £7.50), 0131-665 2240