If there’s one thing we like, it’s variety – and that’s exactly what’s on offer in Edinburgh’s theatres this week. For death-defying stunts, look no further than the spectacular Cirque Berserk at the Festival Theatre. Over at the Playhouse, meanwhile, Simply The Best Divas is a hit-packed show that’s better than all the rest (see what we did there?). And for those still to see it, Arthur Miller’s classic play, The Crucible, enters its penultimate week at the Royal Lyceum.
Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.
Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, death-defying stunt men and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.
The show also features the world’s most hair raising circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Terror’.
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Thursday 10 March – Saturday 12, 2.30pm, various times, £21.50-£29.50, 0131-529 6000
The Gondoliers is Gilbert & Sullivan’s sunniest and brightest light opera.
Two young Venetian gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe Palmieri, find themselves thrust into another world when they discover one is actually heir to the throne of Barataria. The problem is, no one can figure out which man is the right one.
After much confusion, a series of delightful twists and turns plays out to an exhilarating ending.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tuesday 8 March – Saturday 12 March, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee, 2.30pm), £15-£22 (children £8), 0131-529 6000
“I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil!”
When young women are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the God-fearing people of Salem, Massachusetts are told the devil is in their midst and must be rooted out at all costs. Accusations fly, scores are settled, and fear and suspicion reign. With terrifying power and momentum their faith becomes a murderous instrument of lust, paranoia and revenge.
Written during Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist trials in America, this classic tale of the witch hunts in colonial New England still stands as a powerful parable against the politics of fear.
Following huge acclaim for All My Sons, Death of a Salesman,The Price and A View from the Bridge, Lyceum Associate Artist John Dove returns to direct The Crucible, completing The Lyceum’s acclaimed journey through the best loved works of Arthur Miller.
Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, Tuesday 23 February – Saturday 19 March, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm), £13–£29.50 (£10), 0131-248 4848
Halfway To Paradise: The Billy Fury Story
Billy Fury was Britain’s own Elvis – the girls went wild for him!
Billy’s own band, the original Fury’s Tornados re-play his 29 timeless hits live. Songs include Last Night Was Made For Love, Wondrous Place, I Will, Jealousy, Halfway to Paradise and more.
Billy is shown on a giant movie screen which makes the atmosphere both electric and emotional.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Monday 7 March, 7.30pm, £23.25, 0844-871 3014
Simply The Best Divas
From the producers of the smash West End hit Thriller Live! featuring the greatest hits from Madonna, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Adele, Annie Lennox, Kylie, Diana Ross, Cher, Celine Dion and many more.
Award winning director and choreographer Gary Lloyd brings together the biggest hit songs made famous by the world of pop’s most celebrated divas in a brand new live concert spectacular. With dazzling lighting and special effects, this show promises to be the ultimate pop concert experience.
Expect your favourite divas and their biggest hits including: Like A Virgin, I Will Always Love you, Single Ladies, Rolling in the Deep, Walking on Broken Glass, Spinning Around, Chain Reaction, If I Could Turn Back Time, My Heart will Go On and many many more.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday 8 March, 7.30pm, £25.75-£29.75, 0844-871 3014