Festival Theatre, The Playhouse, The Lyceum, King's Theatre and more are getting festive
As the frosty mornings roll in and mince pies fill the shelves of supermarkets, Edinburgh's theatres are preparing to get festive too. Many annual pantos return and touring productions, like the CBeebies Christmas show and the hit musical The Grinch, come to town to deliver some holiday cheer this Christmas. Here's five of the best family shows to catch in Edinburgh this autumn/winter season.
CBeebies Christmas: Hansel & Gretel
This year's CBeebies Christmas show is set to be recorded in the heart of Edinburgh. It's the story kids know and love with a CBeebies twist. Many of CBeebies' most popular actors and presenters make up the cast for this live recording of their annual Christmas show. Hansel & Gretel runs from Sat 26 Oct & Sun 27 Oct at the Festival Theatre.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical
It's everybody's favourite Christmas grump! Dr. Seuss' most unlikeably-likable character comes to Edinburgh this November where he will discover there is more to Christmas than he thought. A magnificent set provides the perfect wintry backdrop for this joyful musical production based on the best-selling book. The Grinch runs from Tue 26 Nov–Sun 1 Dec at the Festival Theatre.
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
A Scots-centric adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous Christmas tale. Dickens was inspired by the city and so Tony Cownie's adaptation brings the famous festive story back to the place of its birth with a guest appearance from Greyfriars Bobby. An Edinburgh Christmas Carol from 28 Nov–4 Jan at the Lyceum.
King's Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The King's Theatre panto returns to give Goldilocks' tale the comedy treatment. Gillian Parkhouse, Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are back for a circus-inspired retelling. Joining them this year in his first King's Panto is River City's Jordan Young. Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs from Sat 30 Nov–Sun 19 Jan at the King's Theatre.
The Lion King
It may not be a snow-filled savannah but it is one of the biggest musicals of all time and it's coming to Edinburgh for the only Scottish dates of a UK-wide tour this festive period. Julie Taymor's musical version of the epic Disney animation has been so popular in Scotland the run has been extended until March 2020. The Lion King runs from Thu 5 Dec 2019–Sun 29 Mar 2020 at The Edinburgh Playhouse.
Written by: Roger Allers, Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), Mark Mancina (music & lyrics), Lebo M (music & lyrics), Hans Zimmer (music & lyrics), Julie Taymor (lyrics), Irene Mecchi
Julie Taymor's puppet-powered stage version of Disney's spectacular tale of a dead king and an errant son is a feast of exuberant theatre for the whole family, with show-stopping visual effects, gripping drama and plenty of laughs.
The record-setting New York Christmas sensation tours ahead of a Christmas season at The Lowry. The musical version is narrated from the persepective of Max the dog and features songs 'You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch' and 'Welcome Christmas'.