On Stage This Week

Listings for week ending Sunday 18 November 2018:

For next week’s listings look here: On Stage Next Week.
The following week’s listings are here: On stage the following week.
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Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Into The Woods 
Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 November 2018 
Evenings: 6.30pm. 
Le Petit Verre with James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s take on everyone’s favourite storybook characters, which they bring together for a timeless yet relevant piece and a rare modern classic.
Page 2 Stage 
Tuesday 13 November 2018 
Evening: 6.30pm.
An exciting addition to Edinburgh’s new writing scene. Showcasing extracts from four brand new plays read in front of a live audience, with a chance to carry on discussions, meet the team, writers and actors in the comfort of the Roxy Snug Bar.

Bedlam Theatre
11b Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ 
Education, Education, Education
Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 November 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm.
The EUTC with the The Wardrobe Ensemble’s fast paced comedy. Set in a state comprehensive the day after Tony Blair was elected in 1997 – which also coincides with the Year 11 Muck Up Day. Chaos, as they say, ensues.

Church Hill Theatre
33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Sunset Song
Wed 14 to Sat 17 November 2018
Evenings Wed – Fri: 7.30pm; Matinee Sat: 2.30pm.
Adaptation of the Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s powerful evocation, told through the coming-of-age story of a young woman, of how the old agricultural heritage and traditions of Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century were destroyed forever by the First World War. Æ preview: Bringing the Mearns to the Stage.  Book here.

Craiglockhart Chapel
Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 219 Colinton Road, EH14 1DJ
Shocks
Sunday 18 November 2018.
Two performances only: 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
New piece of ensemble theatre by Anna Furse which explores the causes and effects of the trauma originally called ‘shellshock’ during WW1. Described as a ‘lament and requiem’ for those who were affected, it is performed on the site of the former Craiglockhart War Hospital where war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon famously met while they were being treated for the same trauma.  Book here.

Festival Square Spiegeltent
Festival Square, Lothian Road, EH3 9SR. Phone booking: 0131 510 0395
La Clique Noel: Part Deux
Previews: Fri 16 – Wed 21 Nov (not Mon). Run ends January 5 2018
Tue, Wed Fri: 8pm; Thurs: 6pm & 9pm; Sat: 5pm & 8pm. Sun: 4pm.
Adult orientated Christmas stocking of seasonal treats – from the subterranean world of circus, comedy, cabaret, variety, magic, burlesque and subversive performance clubs – threaded together by a live band.  Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Scottish Opera: Rigoletto
Fri 9, Sun 11, Thu 15 & Sat 17 November 2018
Evenings (not Sun): 7.15pm; Matinee Sun: 3pm.
Award-winning director Matthew Richardson (The Devil Inside 2016) and Olivier Award-winning designer Jon Morrell revive their powerful production of Verdi’s masterpiece. Set in a dark and dangerous underworld where cruelty and inhumanity are rife, the opera tells the tragic tale of seduction, revenge and a father’s suffocating love for his only daughter.  Book here.
Scottish Opera: Rigoletto Unwrapped
Mon 12 November 2018
Evening: 6pm (1 hour).
A taster performance of Scottish Opera’s Rigoletto.  Book here.

George Square Theatre
32 George Square EH8 9LD.
The Mould That Changed the World
Saturday 17 November 2018
Workshop events from 11am, performance at 1pm.
The #EdFringe sell-out musical about Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin and the rise of antibiotic resistance returns for World Antibiotics Awareness Week. There are hands-on events from 11am  and at noon, a reconstruction by Broughton High School Debating team of the UN Assembly emergency meeting in 2016 which is at the heart of the show. Sarah’s review of the #EdFringe production is here: ★★★★☆ Infectiously Good.  Book here.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Shakespeare in Love
Mon 12 – Sat 17 November 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed & Sat: 2.30pm.
This epic Elizabethan extravaganza is exuberant, witty, funny, and a beautiful homage to love, art, and theatre itself. Æ Review:  ★★★★☆ Superslick.  Click here to book.

Leith Theatre
28-30 Ferry Road, Leith, EH6 4AF.
The Last Days of Mankind
Sat 10 – Fri 16 November 2019
Sun 11: 6.30pm; Tue 13 – Fri 16: 7.30pm.
One hundred years after the Armistice, Leith Theatre presents Karl Kraus’s contemporary satirical account of World War One, performed by an international cast and with live songs from The Tiger Lilies. Written in the cafes of Vienna, Kraus used contemporary accounts, newspaper reports and political speeches to create a picture of World War One as it happened. News preview: New Show for Leith Theatre. Æ review: ★★★★☆ A glorious mess“.  Book here.

North Edinburgh Arts
15a Pennywell Court, EH4 4TZ. Phone booking: 0131 315 2151
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
Friday 16 November 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Townsend Theatre Productions with a one man magic show by Neil Gore based on the novel by Robert Tressell. Includes scenes, speeches, audience participation and songs from the classic book, featuring the Great Money Trick as its centrepiece.  Book here.

Playhouse
18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
An Evening with King Crimson
Tuesday 13 Nov 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
With Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey all on drums and Bill Rieflin returning on keyboards, guitarist Robert Fripp says that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before.  Book here.
Dita Von Teese
Thursday 15 Nov 2018
Evening: 8.30pm.
The biggest name in burlesque in the world since Gypsy Rose Lee, Ms von Teese is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight with a new sense of elegance and sophistication.  Book here.
Dara O Briain – Voice of Reason
Friday 16 -Saturday 17 Nov 2018
Evenings: 8pm.
One of the most recognisable faces on British TV, the fast-talking and downright funny live performer has a brand new show.  Book here.

Traverse
10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
Chrysalis festival
Thurs 15 – Sat 17 Nov 2018
Join us at the Chrysalis festival for three days of bold and engaging work by young companies, including theatre productions, workshops and pop-up events.
Chrysalis: There is a Globe Stuck in my Throat
Thurs 15 – Sat 17 Nov 2018
Thurs 7pm; Fri 10am; Sat 8.15pm.
Complacent wealth versus abject poverty. Thousands of displaced refugees flee from war and hunger while Europe strives to put up barriers, both real and virtual. Part of Chrysalis festival 2018.
Chrysalis: Noise
Thurs 15 – Sat 17 Nov 2018
Thurs 8.15pm; Fri 11.30am; Sat 7pm.
Noise is a sonic explosion, merging theatre and gig. As the city gets louder there seems to be no getting away from the relentless noise nor the constant stream of information. Part of Chrysalis festival 2018.
Chrysalis: 147Hz Can’t Pass
Fri 16 – Sat 17 Nov 2018
Fri 8.15pm; Sat: 3.30pm.
In life you face options. Some communities choose to turn away, others offer their hand… Using movement, poetry and projection 147Hz Can’t Pass is a celebration of queer experience, an honest, unapologetic and relatable introduction to a trans non-binary experience in 2018. Part of Chrysalis festival 2018.
Chrysalis: Shaking the Habitual
Fri 16 – Sat 17 Nov 2018
Fri: 7pm, Sat: 6pm.
A powerful and stylish production, from one of Scotland’s most exciting young companies, Shaking The Habitual asks questions of the ways in which we conform to the world around us. Part of Chrysalis festival 2018.
Chrysalis: Emergence
Sat 17 Nov 2018
Afternoon: 2pm.
Join three young companies as they present brand new works in development for the first time. Part of Chrysalis festival 2018.

*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.