Theatre shows in 2016 to book now in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Plan next year's social calendar or buy a gift for a theatre loving pal
After the panto dames have hung up their size 12 heels and glittery wigs for another year the 2016 theatre will be upon us. Plenty of shows are already taking bookings so you can snap up a trip to one of Edinburgh's theatres as a gift, or just make sure you get the best seats. No restricted view for you in 2016.
The Weir — Conor McPherson's chilling new work has won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Award for Best New Play. Set in a bar in county Leitrim the local lads attempt to impress a woman from Dublin with ghost stories when she reveals a haunting tale of her own.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 15 Jan–6 Feb, £13–£29.50.
Scottish Opera: The Devil Inside — Novelist Louise Welsh and composer Stuart MacRae last worked together on 2012 opera Ghost Patrol. This time the pair take on Robert Louis Stevenson's short story The Bottle Imp, with Ghost Patrol director Matthew Richardson and conductor Michael Rafferty also on board.
King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 29 & Sat 30 Jan, £15–£29.50. Also Theatre Royal, Glasgow 23 & 26 Jan, £15–£29.50.
Macbeth: Without Words — As part of manipulate, Scotland's festival of visual theatre, Ludens Ensemble present their take on the Shakespearean classic, without words. The title kind of gave it away there. The Edinburgh based theatre group trade words for visual technologies including video-mapping projections and animation, accompanied by a dynamic DJ set.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2 Feb, £13.50 (£8.50–£10.50).
The James Plays — Rona Munro's historical trilogy returns to Edinburgh. The series of plays, which premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, examines the three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland from 1406–1488. Enjoy them as stand alone dramas or book for the full trilogy, make sure you bring plenty of change for interval ice-cream.
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 3 Feb–13 Feb, £21–£35. Also King's Theatre, Glasgow, 8–10 Apr, £22–£37.
The Table — Blind Summit Theatre, puppet directors for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and the team behind 2015's Citizen Puppet, appear at manipulate for the first time. Operated by three puppeteers Moses, a cantankerous cardboard head who lives on a table, is described as 'a cross between Tommy Cooper and Eddie Izzard'.
Traverse Theatre, 3 Feb, £16.50 (£8.50–£10.50).
The Tailor of Inverness — Written by Matthew Zajac and presented by Dogstar Theatre Company The Tailor of Inverness is a moving story of displacement and survival in war-torn Europe. First performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008, it most recently sold out three weeks at New York’s Brits Off Broadway Festival 2015.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 9–11 Feb, £16.50 (£8.50–£10.50). Also touring.
Thriller Live! — 'Cause this is thriller, thriller night'. All the hits of the king of pop in one lavish show. Direct from London's West End Thriller Live!, which has been seen by a staggering 3 million people, moonwalks through 45 years of Michael Jackson's musical history.
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 21 Mar–26 Mar, £19–£32.50. Also touring.
I Am Thomas — Darkly comic musical theatre exposing the tale of the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy. The collaboration between poet Simon Armitage, Told by an Idiot, National Theatre Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is set to a live score.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 23 Mar–9 Apr, £13–£29.50.
Avenue Q — The comic coming-of-age musical returns with it's part-performer, part-puppet cast. If that conjures a child-friendly, Jim Henson's Muppets like image think again, some of the songs are titled 'Everyone's a Little Bit Racist', 'The Internet Is for Porn' and 'I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today'.
King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 9–14 May, £16–£30.50.