Ten of the best Edinburgh theatre shows to see in 2017

Ten of the best Edinburgh theatre shows to see in 2017

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From musicals and dramas to new takes on kids classics it's an exciting year on the stage

With new works from award winning dramatists, iconic Scottish stories, kids classics and the cream of musical theatre coming to town, a trip to the theatre could be the perfect night out for you, whether it's a night with friends, the kids, or something romantic you have planned.

Once more Edinburgh's Theatres have an impressive array to shows for you to choose from, and we've put together some of our highlights for you to peruse and help book your night out.

Babe The Sheep Pig
First a treasured family classic written by Dick King-Smith, then an Oscar-winning film, now the tale of Babe The Sheep Pig comes to Edinburgh's Kings Theatre. It's a heartwarming tale of friendship and adventure about the confident piglet who discovers a talent for herding at Hogget's Farm, and has been adapted by Olivier Award-winner David Wood (The BFG, Goodnight Mister Tom).
Babe The Sheep Pig runs at Edinburgh's King's Theatre from Fri 8–Sun 10 Septickets available now.

Spamalot
It may be a very silly place, but Spamalot's appeal is enduring – and not just for committed Monty Python fans. Much like the classic The Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but the stage show features some extra songs, written by original Python Eric Idle and composer John Du Prez. Frequently described as one of the funniest musicals around, it's a show any fan of the classic Python comedy should see at least ones – and yes, there are coconuts involved.
Spamalot runs at King's Theatre from Tues 26–Sat 30 Sep, tickets available now.

Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler is widely considered to be one of theatre's great dramatic roles. Henrik Ibsen's story of the daughter of an aristocratic and enigmatic general – newly married and already bored of both that union and life as a whole – is a dark and devastating tale about notions of freedom, with a strong, independent woman protagonist. The production comes courtesy of Patrick Marber, once best known for his depiction of the hapless Peter O'Hanrahahanrahan in The Day Today, but these days an acclaimed playwright with an Olivier Award in the bag for the internationally successful Closer.
Hedda Gabler runs at Festival Theatre from Tue 17 Oct–Sat 21 Oct,tickets available now.

A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams' iconic A Streetcar Named Desire comes to Edinburgh in October, with the timeless play – immortalised on screen by Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh – the subject of a classy new production. Rapture Theatre will sweep you into the world of Blanche DuBois, as she goes to live with her married sister and her husband Stanley Kowalski in New Orleans.
A Streetcar Named Desire runs at King's Theatre from Tue 3 Oct–Sat 7 Oct, tickets available now.

The Kite Runner
Based on Khaled Hosseini's international bestseller, The Kite Runner returns to the Kings Theatre after a lengthy run in London's West End. The haunting tale is set in Afghanistan, with the country teetering on the edge of a terrible war, and tells the story of one man's story to confront his past after an an earth-shattering childhood incident. It's a heartbreaking and unforgettable tale.
The Kite Runner runs at King's Theatre from Mon 9 Oct–Sat 14 Oct, tickets available now.

Trainspotting
Brought to Edinburgh by the Citizens Theatre after sell-out success in 2016, Trainspotting comes back east to its spiritual home. Set in the Thatcher-era Leith, Trainspotting is an frequently bleak, often darkly humorous look at a community damaged by heroin abuse and the myriad consequences – and causes – of that. Based on Irvine Welsh's novel – and given universal prominence thanks to Danny Boyle's film of the same name – the production is as brutal and hard-hitting as theatre gets. A chance to see Trainspotting close up that shouldn't be missed.
Trainspotting runs at King's Theatre from Tue 14 Nov–Sat 18 Nov, tickets on sale Mon 1 May.

Grease
Tom Parker from top boy band The Wanted stars in his first ever theatrical role as Danny Zuko, the archetypal bad boy in Grease. The production also stars Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy, as well as EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing's Louisa Lytton as Rizzo, and with a cast like that, you need no invitation to dust off your leather jackets and take a trip to a simpler time.
Grease runs at Edinburgh Playhouse Mon 11 Sep–Sat 16 Sep, tickets available now.

Legally Blonde
A huge hit on Broadway and the West End, Legally Blonde is the feel good musical based on the 2001 film that starred Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a a sorority girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a law degree. With the support of new friends – and her beloved chihuahua, Bruiser Woods – she learns some valuable life lessons. The production stars Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in Eastenders, as Paulette.
Legally Blonde runs at Festival Theatre from Mon 27 Nov–Sat 2 Dec, tickets available now.

Shrek The Musical
The love story of an Ogre who wants nothing more than solitude and a beautiful princess with a dark secret has been a hit musical for several years now, after the 2001 film voiced by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz captured the hearts of millions worldwide in 2001. It's a tale about accepting yourself your who are, with universal appeal and – in Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss In Boots and Lord Farquaad – memorable characters.
Shrek The Musical runs at Edinburgh Playhouse Tue 12 Dec–Sun 7 Jan, tickets available now.

Dirty Dancing
It's the heart-pounding musical that spawned countless hit songs, including 'Hungry Eyes', 'Hey Baby, Do You Love Me?' and '(I've Had) The Time Of My Life', and needs no introduction. Seen by millions, it tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two unlikely allies who come together for the most triumphant summer of their lives. Relive the magic for one week this June, and if you've not seen this one, why not? What are you waiting for?
Dirty Dancing runs at Edinburgh Playhouse Mon 12 Jun–Sat 17 Jun, tickets available now.

Babe, The Sheep-Pig

The story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. When Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheep-dog Fly and discovers a talent for herding, but can a pig make it in a dog's world? Adapted from the novel by Olivier Award winner David Wood.

The Hawth, Crawley

Mon 21 Aug

£18 / 01293 553636

Tue 22 Aug

£18 / 01293 553636

Wed 23 Aug

£18 / 01293 553636

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Sep

£12.50–£20 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 9 Sep

£12.50–£20 / 0131 529 6000

Sun 10 Sep

£12.50–£20 / 0131 529 6000

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Fri 18 Aug

£18 / 01284 769505

Sat 19 Aug

£18 / 01284 769505

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Dirty Dancing

  • Directed by: Sarah Tipple
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein

See Baby not put in the corner in the musical based on the late Patrick Swayze's popular film. Following two West End runs and two UK Tours, the classic story of Baby and Johnny is back, featuring the hit songs ‘Do You Love Me?', ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ and more.

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Mon 18 Sep

£13–£64.90 / 0870 606 3536

Tue 19 Sep

£13–£64.90 / 0870 606 3536

Wed 20 Sep

£13–£64.90 / 0870 606 3536

…and 3 more dates until 23 Sep

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Tue 5 Sep

£17.90–£53.40 / 0844 871 7645

Wed 6 Sep

£17.90–£53.40 / 0844 871 7645

Thu 7 Sep

£17.90–£53.40 / 0844 871 7645

…and 2 more dates until 9 Sep

Opera House & Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Tue 29 Aug

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Wed 30 Aug

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

Thu 31 Aug

£20–£49.50 / 0844 856 1111

…and 2 more dates until 2 Sep

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Grease

  • Directed by: Arlene Phillips (choreographer)
  • Written by: Jim Jacobs

The classic romantic musical, set in an American high school in the '50s.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Mon 9 Oct

£20–£45 / 01274 432000

  • 19:30

Tue 10 Oct

£20–£45 / 01274 432000

  • 19:30

Wed 11 Oct

£20–£45 / 01274 432000

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 14 Oct

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Mon 11 Sep

£18.50–£53.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 12 Sep

£18.50–£53.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 13 Sep

£18.50–£53.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 16 Sep

Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Mon 25 Sep

£16–£43.50 ( £88) / 01872 262466

  • 19:30

Tue 26 Sep

£16–£43.50 ( £88) / 01872 262466

  • 19:30

Wed 27 Sep

£16–£43.50 ( £88) / 01872 262466

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 30 Sep

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Hedda Gabler

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, this modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler comes to the Festival Theatre. This vital new version by Olivier Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) is directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning director Ivo van Hove (A…

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Tue 17 Oct

£25–£31.50 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 18 Oct

£25–£31.50 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 19 Oct

£25–£31.50 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 21 Oct

The Kite Runner

  • Directed by: Giles Croft
  • Written by: Khaled Hosseini (book), Matthew Spangler (adapt)

Matthew Spangler's adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel about friendships that can span continents.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Mon 25 Sep

£19–£34 / 01223 578933

  • 19:45

Tue 26 Sep

£19–£34 / 01223 578933

  • 19:45

Wed 27 Sep

£19–£34 / 01223 578933

  • 19:45
…and 3 more dates until 30 Sep

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Tue 31 Oct

£22–£30 / 01242 572573

  • 19:30

Wed 1 Nov

£22–£30 / 01242 572573

  • 19:30

Thu 2 Nov

£22–£30 / 01242 572573

  • 14:00
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 4 Nov

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Tue 22 May 2018

£26.50–£36.50 / 01253 290190

Wed 23 May 2018

£26.50–£36.50 / 01253 290190

Thu 24 May 2018

£26.50–£36.50 / 01253 290190

…and 2 more dates until 26 May 2018

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Legally Blonde The Musical

OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Edinburgh. This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today!

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Mon 27 Nov

£22–£42 / 0131 529 6000

Tue 28 Nov

£22–£42 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 29 Nov

£22–£42 / 0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 2 Dec

Shrek The Musical

Join Shrek and his noble steed Donkey as they set out on a magical quest to rescue Princess Fiona from a tower, guarded by a love-sick dragon - a task set by the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad, in this hilarious musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation.

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 8 Aug 2018

£17.50–£57 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 9 Aug 2018

£17.50–£57 / 0844 847 2325

Fri 10 Aug 2018

£17.50–£57 / 0844 847 2325

…and 7 more dates until 19 Aug 2018

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tue 12 Dec

£18.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 13 Dec

£18.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 14 Dec

£18.50–£64.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 20 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Tue 18 Dec 2018

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0844 848 2700

Wed 19 Dec 2018

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0844 848 2700

Thu 20 Dec 2018

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0844 848 2700

…and 17 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

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Spamalot

  • Directed by: Christopher Luscombe
  • Written by: music)

The Knights of the Round Table-spoofing musical from Monty Python, written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

Armadale Community Sport Hub

Wed 27 Jun 2018

£3–£5 / 01506 282137

Thu 28 Jun 2018

£3–£5 / 01506 282137

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Tue 27 Feb 2018

£25–£37 (£23–£35; Children £20–£32) / 02476 553055

Wed 28 Feb 2018

£25–£37 (£23–£35; Children £20–£32) / 02476 553055

Thu 1 Mar 2018

£25–£37 (£23–£35; Children £20–£32) / 02476 553055

…and 2 more dates until 3 Mar 2018

Buxton Opera House

Tue 16 Jan 2018

£24–£35 / 0845 127 2190

  • 19:30

Wed 17 Jan 2018

£24–£35 / 0845 127 2190

  • 19:30

Thu 18 Jan 2018

£24–£35 / 0845 127 2190

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 20 Jan 2018

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…and at 5 other places

Streetcar Named Desire

Rapture Theatre, presents a sultry new production of an iconic theatrical classic. Fading southern rose: Blanche DuBois, seeks solace with Stella, her sister, after her world crumbles. But her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with Stella’s husband: the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Oct

£20.50–£30.50 / 0131 529 6000

Wed 4 Oct

£20.50–£30.50 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 5 Oct

£20.50–£30.50 / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 7 Oct

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