Top 10 things to do in Edinburgh and Glasgow this November
From early Christmas festivities to watching Attenborough on your telly
This article is from 2016.
1. Anna Meredith
As victor of the Scottish Album of the Year Award and number one in our Hot 100, Anna Meredith has had quite the year. At Tramway and The Hub, 'Anno' is her own take on Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' (featuring visual art from her sister Eleanor), while to top it all off, her 'Fringeflower' will be performed by the BBC SSO (City Halls, Glasgow, Sun 27 Nov) and Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Dec).
Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 10 & Fri 11 Nov; The Hub, Edinburgh, Sun 13 Nov.
2. Edinburgh's Christmas
The capital gets truly festive for the best part of two months as Edinburgh's Christmas lays on a feast of entertainment including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Black Beauty, while there's also a balloon ride, Christmas tree maze, ice skating, the Santa Run and, of course, that Big Wheel.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 18 Nov–Sat 7 Jan.
Alongside two new pieces from the acclaimed dance company is their undisputed classic, Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances. Inspired by the Day of the Dead celebrations, this gem is revived by Rambert for the first time in over a decade.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Wed 23–Fri 25 Nov.
4. A United Kingdom
Another personal and political statement from Amma Asante who directs Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo as lovers whose affair became an international incident immediately prior to South Africa's introduction of apartheid.
A United Kingdom on general release from Fri 25 Nov.
5. Five Guys Named Moe
Clarke 'The Wire' Peters' hugely popular Broadway musical featuring Louis Jordan's greatest hits follows a guy seeking solace in the titular Five Guys Named Moe who lift his spirits and tap into his soul.
Festival Square Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 18 Nov–Sat 7 Jan.
6. Zofia Kulik
This Warsaw artist's work has been on the receiving end of an upswing in interest over the last decade and Instead of Sculpture marks the Glasgow Sculpture Studio's first historic exhibition.
Glasgow Sculpture Studios, until Sat 3 Dec.
7. Planet Earth II
National treasure David Attenborough's sequel to his landmark 2006 series is another startlingly up-close examination of our fragile yet beautiful world, with images enhanced by the latest technology. Read our full review of Planet Earth II.
BBC One, starts Sun 6 Nov.
8. Book Week Scotland
Among the many authors doing their bit for the Scottish Book Trust's annual Book Week are Muriel Gray, Chris Brookmyre, Mairi Hedderwick, Karen Campbell, Alexander McCall Smith and Ann Cleeves.
Various venues, nationwide, Mon 21–Sun 27 Nov.
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle's legendary children's illustrated book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, takes to the UK stage having already stormed Australia and America, numbering Chelsea Clinton and Emily Blunt among its fans.
King's Theatre, Glasgow, Sun 20 & Mon 21 Nov.
10. The Battle of the Somme (chosen by singer-songwriter Horse)
I'm both fascinated and revolted by war. Whether we realise it or not, every one of us will be related to someone who fought in the First World War. In this centenary year, it's fitting that we see this: 'Lest we forget'. In this remastered work, the scenes were all filmed during the opening phases. As the war continued to rage, people queued to see the film and an estimated 20 million saw it in the first two months. The dreadful reality and horror is shocking.
It's accompanied by a specially commissioned score composed by Laura Rossi and performed (not live) by the Philharmonia Orchestra. Jo Sohn-Rethel of National Museums Scotland will open this special screening and Laura Clouting from Imperial War Museum London will introduce the film and explain its context.
Horse is at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 4 Nov; Dundee Rep, Sat 5 Nov; The Union, East Kilbride, Thu 8 Dec; The Battle of the Somme, Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 18 Nov.