On Stage the following week

Listings for week Monday 30 April – Sunday 6 May 2018:

The current week’s listings are here: On stage this week.
Listings for the coming week are here: On Stage Next Week.
Click on the name of the show to open its ticketing site in a new window.

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
The first Edinburgh Contemporary Clown Festival
Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 May 2018.
CloWnStePPinG (the folk behind Clown Cabaret) hope to showcase the “most beautiful part of the contemporary clown” (honesty, connection, openness and humanity – characteristics innate to this genre) while continuing to build and nourish Scotland’s growing community of clown artists.
The Ephemeral Cabaret + Opening Ceremony
Thursday 3 May 2018.
Evening: 7pm (opening ceremony), 8pm (Cabaret).
During 3000 un-interrupted seconds, surrounded by surprise objects, ideas and provocations, the clown Teotonio (Ricardo) improvises at his own risk. With his unpredictable eye, he brings the audience into his chaotic and improbable world.
Blooming Surprise
Friday 4 May 2018.
One performance: 7pm.
Set in an airport, Saras Feijoo takes you on an unexpected journey into your heart, where hope blooms, ever fresh.
Best of Johnny
Saturday 5 May 2018.
One performance: 8pm.
Johnny Melville is Sylvester Ordnance Salmon (S.O.S.), the European troubleshooter, a kind of James Euro-Bond, assigned to help the future of European harmony. Only he can stop a complex and curious plot to assassinate important international politicians.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
The Attic
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Two shows: 11am & 2pm. (Venue 2)
Starcatchers, the pre-school theatre specialists excel themselves in this collaboration with Hazel Darwin-Clements. Lucy and her imaginative and playful grandmother unpack old boxes and suitcases in granny’s sleepy attic – which springs to life with memories and surprises.
The Monster and Mary Shelley
Saturday 5 May 2018
One performance: 7.30pm.
Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing contemporary cinematic score, The Occasion explore the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

Calton Hill
Calton Hill, Waterloo place entrance
Beltane Fire Festival
Monday 30 April 2018
Doors open 8pm, event begins at sunset.
A huge cast of otherworldly creatures lead thousands of spectators on a procession around Calton Hill. Spectacular fiery displays and immersive storytelling show the May Queen transforming the Green Man from his wintry guise so they can rule together over the warmer months.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
War Horse
Wednesday 18 April – Saturday 12 May 2018
Evenings: Tue – Sat: 7.30pm, matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm; Sun 2pm only.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, this powerfully moving and imaginative first world war drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. Æ’s review of the 2014 tour is here: ★★★★★ Big and emotional.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Guys and Dolls
Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 May 2018
Evenings: 7.30; Matinee, Sat: 2.30pm.
Edinburgh Music Theatre with the sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers. It’s time for some of Broadway’s greatest show-stopping tunes… Luck be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat and My Time of Day included.

Lyceum Theatre
Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Friday 27 April – Saturday 12 May.
Previews: Fri 27/Sat 28, Mon 30; Opens Tue 1 May.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2pm.
Stewart Laing directs David Greig’s new adaptation of August Strindberg’s play. Young artist, Adolph is in love with his new wife, the successful novelist Tekla, and why would he not be? Charming, vivacious and experienced, she has been his passion, his inspiration and his education.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
A Play, A Pie and A Pint: The Persians
Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 May 2018.
Lunchtime: 1pm; evening performance Friday 13: 7pm.
An online petition to bring back the death penalty is rattling the nation, and the government must respond. A Conservative, a Scottish Nationalist, and a Democratic Unionist meet over tea to discuss… But what happens when the port is cracked open?
Friday 20 April – Saturday 12 May 2018.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Thurs 10, Sat 12: 2.30pm.
Frances Poet’s new play is a taut psychological thriller that explores who we can trust with our children. And whether it’s more dangerous not to trust at all.

*NB: This is intended to be a complete listing of all public theatrical productions on in Edinburgh. If you are staging a show which is not listed, or a listing is inaccurate, please get in touch through the contact page, here.