This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

Still showing at the Festival Theatre is the sensational Mary Poppins, the magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane. This crowd-pleasing production has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. At the Playhouse this week, catch Annie, the world’s favourite family musical, starring Elaine C Smith (Rab C Nesbitt, Burdz Eye View) as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. If it’s dance you crave, then look no further than the King’s Theatre this weekend, where BalletBoyz are back with a brand new show for 2016.

Annie

annieSet in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search… With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow. Don’t miss Annie – you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Monday, 16 May – Saturday 21 May, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm), £12.50–£49.50, 0844 871 3014

Thon Man Molière (or Whit got him intae aw that bother … )

thon“Why do folk not, ever, catch on to themselves?…Ach, gies you another interesting nutter to play…” Welcome to Paris at the time of Louis XIV. Come backstage and meet the King’s theatre company – a troupe of, grande dames, old hams, ingénue’s and of course, their leading man.

Right at the centre, author of their dramas and cause of all their troubles – Thon man Molière. In constant threat of debtor’s prison, in big bother with church and state and – worst of all – disastrously in love with the wrong wife, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de Molière writes brilliant comedies inspired by a desperate life.

But telling the truth is a dangerous business and getting his latest drama on stage could be the death of him!

Writer of the acclaimed Perfect Days and Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off, as well as celebrated Scots versions of Medea, Oedipus, Antigone and Molière’s great trio of masterpieces; poet and playwright Liz Lochhead returns to The Lyceum with a brand new original play.

It tells the story of her hero, the great comedian Molière; his scandalous marriage, his scurrilous plays and the irresistible creation of his infamous and celebrated satire Tartuffe.

Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, Friday, 20 May – Saturday, 11 June, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm; previews 20, 21, 23 May, £10), £15 – £29.50, 0131-248 4848

BalletBoyz: Life

lifeFeaturing two new commissions by Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos the evening takes an elegant, powerful and sometimes provocative look at life and death presented in BalletBoyz’s inimitable style.

Performed by its all-male company of ten amazing dancers to a powerful and evocative new original score.

King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Sunday, 22 May, 7.30pm, £17.50–£25, 0131-529 6000

Mary Poppins

maryThe stage version of Mary Poppins is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of Mary Poppins is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes.

It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, until Saturday, 21 May, various times and prices, 0131-529 6000

Sensation

whoA unique concert celebrating 50 years of the timeless British band The Who.

Book your tickets now for an amazing musical journey from My Generation to Who are You, via Tommy and Quadrophenia – all with maximum rhythm and blues.

The show features musicians and singers from many West End and touring productions and promises a night of nonstop hits from one of the most influential bands of all time. From the same team who produced the 5 star production of Tommy at The Greenwich Theatre.

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Thursday, 19 May, 7.30pm, £18 (£16), 0131-665 2240

Blackout

blackoiutMy first drink seemed to unlock something. I threw up, went home, woke up with a stinking hangover the next morning and thought: that was fantastic, when are we doing it again?

Blackout is a brutal and often hilarious insight into alcoholism and recovery from New Room Theatre, scripted entirely from interviews with recovering alcoholics, including the writer. It is the true story of real alcoholics, and the story of their recovery.

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Wednesday, 18 May – Thursday, 19 May, 8pm, £16.50 (£8.50–£13.50), 0131-228 1404

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