The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is always a major highlight of the year for Theatre-lovers; not only does the festival draw the best up and coming talent from the world of performance, it also brings huge crowds to the pretty and vibrant Scottish capital. The city’s charm though is ever-lasting and, being the cultural hub that it is, Edinburgh and its thriving theatre scene is worth visiting at any time of year. Offering West End quality north of the border, here are some of the theatre highlights coming up this autumn.
8th October – 23rd October, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
Having conquered Broadway, and won rave reviews in the West End, Jersey Boys is set to rock up in Edinburgh this October. The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the show features the band’s distinctive music, their many hits making up a soundtrack like no other. Full of light and shade, the tough New Jersey upbringing of the talented band makes for the perfect backdrop of this real-life modern-day Cinderella story. From mafia connections to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the plot of Jersey Boys is as exhilarating as the music is catchy. Recently introduced to a whole new audience in a movie adaptation directed by Clint Eastwood, this show is a cross-generational crowd-pleaser not to be missed.
28th October – 1st November, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
Having made a big splash at the Chichester Festival last year, Barnum will make an all-too-brief appearance at the Edinburgh Playhouse this autumn. Cy Coleman’s joyful music – classic songs such as The Colours of My Life and There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute – has a wonderful ragtime influence; first staged in the early 1980’s, Barnum is an old-school musical, full of charm and showy set pieces. The show is based on the fascinating lives of America’s greatest showman, the charismatic PT Barnum, and his grounded and practical wife. Starring Brain Conley in the central role and playing for just four days, don’t miss this exuberant gem of a theatrical production.
19th November – 10th January, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
Wicked recently became the 14th longest-running musical of all time in the West End. Its incredible success in both New York and London is not only a testament to what a great show it is, but also how devoted its fans have become. Wicked is an inspiring musical; reimagining the origin stories of the Witches of Oz, with its themes of friendship, power, and standing up for your beliefs, the show is funny, sweet and heart-rending by turn. Taking up residence in the Edinburgh Playhouse for almost two months, the Wicked Touring production has been garnering fanatic five-star reviews all over the country. A pre-Christmas treat for the whole family, make this the year you become utterly spellbound by Wicked.
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