Christmas 2014: Edinburgh's top theatre shows

Christmas 2014: Edinburgh's top theatre shows

Wicked / Matt Crockett

Featuring Aladdin, Scotch and Soda and Wicked

Aladdin
Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are veterans of the pantomime game: they last performed Aladdin a decade ago, and they have become 'the dream team' for Edinburgh’s King's Theatre since 2010 when they teamed up for Jack and The Beanstalk. Old as the trio might be, however, they are youngsters compared to the story – adapted from the more racy One Thousand And One Nights Arabic folktale collection, the story has been a pantomime favourite for over two centuries.

Like the King's in Glasgow, Aladdin harks back to the classic panto model, with spectacle and familiar humour aimed at all the family – alongside suitably suggestive asides for adults.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Nov–Sun 18 Jan.

Scotch and Soda
With live music in a gypsy style from The Crusty Suitcase Band, and intimate acrobatic displays reaching to the Spiegeltent’s roof, Scotch And Soda take traditional circus action and places it in a dusty bar to conjure a louche atmosphere. S&S hail from Australia, a country that seems to have conquered the world with its re-invention of acrobatics as a way to tell stories without losing the sense of awe inspired by some jaw-dropping stunts. From bottles of wine to bicycles, this company can use anything as a prop for impressive displays of physical dexterity.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Nov–Sun 21 Dec.

Wicked
A musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz, the gravity-defying Wicked traverses the roads taken by the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch in reaching their respective destinies. Partially putting the record straight for the Wicked Witch, and referencing the iconic characters of the famous film, Wicked promises a touring version that retains the original West End show’s glamour. A more sophisticated story runs beneath its musical numbers, making Wicked an intelligent alternative to both pantomime and those jukebox musicals that have recently dominated the scene. 

Edinburgh Playhouse, Wed 19 Nov–Sat 10 Jan.

Wicked

  • Directed by: Joe Mantello
  • Written by: Stephen Schwartz (music & lyrics), Winnie Holzman

Smash-hit musical that acts as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, with L Frank Baum's characters brilliantly re-imagined as two young girls who grow up to fulfil their destinies as Glenda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, London SW1V

Tue 18 Sep

£19.50–£200 / 0844 871 3001

Wed 19 Sep

£19.50–£200 / 0844 871 3001

Thu 20 Sep

£19.50–£200 / 0844 871 3001

…and 206 more dates until 25 May 2019

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Wed 3 Oct

Times to be confirmed / See website for details / 023 8071 1811

Thu 4 Oct

Times to be confirmed / See website for details / 023 8071 1811

Fri 5 Oct

Times to be confirmed / See website for details / 023 8071 1811

…and 22 more dates until 27 Oct

Palace Theatre, Manchester

Tue 4 Dec

£20–£88 / 0844 847 2275

Wed 5 Dec

£20–£88 / 0844 847 2275

Thu 6 Dec

£20–£88 / 0844 847 2275

…and 26 more dates until 5 Jan 2019

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Panto veterans Grant Stott, Andy Gray and Allan Stewart take to the stage to present Snow White complete with plenty of comedy and extravagant costumes.

Scotch and Soda

Circus, dance and foot-stomping sounds in this whisky-soaked extravaganza, featuring music from The Crusty Suitcase and some nifty moves from a selection of Australia's finest acrobats.

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