This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

La Clique Noël
The international hit La Clique returns to Edinburgh with a new show at the Festival Square Spiegeltent. The outrageous and unforgettable theatrical phenomenon La Clique brings its trademark inspirational mix of cabaret, new burlesque, circus and contemporary vaudeville in a new, sexy, dangerous show which is over your head, under your skin, and below the belt.
Born out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004 in a genius moment by David Bates, owner and producer of The Famous Spiegeltent, La Clique has gone on to global acclaim and sell out audiences across the world. La Clique returns home to the scene of the crime – Edinburgh – for a very special seasonal treat; La Clique Noël.
With its dysfunctional collection of extraordinary new artists and don’t-miss favourites, the show features a scintillating live band and the best of the best in adult, genre-bending, New Variety from the subterranean world of circus, comedy, cabaret, variety, magic, burlesque and subversive performance clubs.
Previous much loved acts have included Boys in baths, twins in fish bowls, disappearing red hankies, Blue Rabbits, spinning Elvises and magic dragons. This special Christmas collection for Edinburgh will be no exception. La Clique Noël is compulsory Christmas fun and the perfect night out!
Festival Square, Lothian Road, until Sat 25 Nov, various times, £20.50–£25.50 (previews £15.50)

Arabian Nights
This Christmas, adventure awaits with three wishes, seven seas and forty thieves.
Join us in the bustling bazaar of Baghdad for this sparkling adventure featuring tales of Sinbad, Ali Baba and mysterious genies, not to mention hidden treasure, a chess-playing monkey, a flying horse and a whole host of heroes and villains.
Rich with suspense, enchantment, and fun, the ancient tales of The Arabian Nights are irresistible for all ages. Book your seats for a magic carpet ride that will transport your family to the glittering heat of a marvellous faraway land.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Sat 25 Nov to Sun 26 Nov, various times, £12–£95 (£10), 0131-248 4848

Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Scottish Opera: La Traviata
Passionate, flamboyant, gripping: Sir David McVicar’s La traviata has been in high demand worldwide since its Scottish Opera premiere in 2008. Set in the demi-monde of 1880s Paris, this stunning show is designed with sumptuous period style by Tanya McCallin. With his characteristic eye for detail, McVicar’s production gets to the core of Violetta and Alfredo’s doomed love affair – finding a heart-breakingly human story in the midst of a hedonistic world where both the rich and the wretched have their fun.
Verdi’s magnificent score sweeps the characters through their every shifting mood, from the wildly dramatic to the most tender of moments. Russian-Dutch soprano Gulnara Shafigullina, recently Violetta at the Mariinsky, and Anush Hovhannisyan, representing Armenia at Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, head a cast of international talent also including multi-award-winning Dutch tenor Peter Gijsbertsen and British baritone Stephen Gadd (Le Villi 2017).
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, until Sat 25 Nov, 7.15pm, £19.50, 0131-529 6000

Tango Moderno
Tango is the rhythm of the city, the heat of the streets and the pulse of life.
Tango Moderno is the irresistible hot new stage spectacular from tango superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.
Dance partners for over two decades, world champions, Strictly favourites and West End stage stars Vincent and Flavia fuse together Ballroom, Latin, and Argentine tango to give you a performance that smoulders with desire. With classic steps, they create a Tango for today.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Thu 23 Nov to Sat 25 Nov, £20–£58.50, 0844 871 3014

Hebrides Ensemble: Restless Love
An evocative and intimate reimagining of Schubert and Schumann’s best-loved songs, Restless Love shuns beautiful, melodic singing and, instead, embraces the raw, guttural emotions of love, anger and loss. Arranged and orchestrated by renowned Dutch composer and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, this powerful work is performed by Hebrides Ensemble led by cabaret diva Meow Meow, who hypnotises, inspires, and terrifies audiences in equal measure. A darkly captivating and entertaining production.
The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Clerk Street, Wed 22 Nov, 7.45pm, £5–£15, 0131 668 2019

Class Act
Class Act is the Traverse’s flagship education project. Now in its 26th year, Class Act challenges senior pupils from schools across Edinburgh to become playwrights, creating brand new scripts which are premiered on the Traverse stage.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Wed 22 Nov to Thurs 23 Nov, 7.30pm, £7 (£5), 0131-228 1404

The Crucible
Leitheatre present the classic play by Arthur Miller.
Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, Wed 22 Nov to Sat 25 Nov, 7.30pm, 0131-447 7597

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