Top 10 shows in Edinburgh this Autumn

Sir Roger Moore. Picture: Comp
Sir Roger Moore. Picture: Comp
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Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden picks his Top 10 Must See Shows this season in the Capital.

Legend

Roberta Taylor of The Baroness - Karen Blixen's Final Affair. Picture: Comp

Roberta Taylor of The Baroness - Karen Blixen's Final Affair. Picture: Comp

• An Evening With Sir Roger Moore

It’s not every day you get up close and personal with a true legend of the silver screen. For one night only, 86-year-old Sir Roger will regale his audience with tales of his life and career. From The Saint to The Persuaders, Hollywood blockbusters to the Bond films. You’ll also get the opportunity to pose your own questions at the end of the show.

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 11 November, 7.30pm, £25, 0131-529 6000

Musical

James McAvoy and Irvine Welsh who wrote the novel Filth. Picture: Ian Rutherford

James McAvoy and Irvine Welsh who wrote the novel Filth. Picture: Ian Rutherford

• The Lion King

THE biggest show of the year, Disney’s Lion King checks into the Capital for its only Scottish dates. Adapted from the film, this spectacular, set to the rhythms of Africa, is already selling-out, so book now.

The Playhouse, Greenside Place, 11 October-18 January, 7.30pm (matinees 2,30pm), £25-£75, 0844-871 3014

Extravaganza

Matthew Kelly. Picture: PA

Matthew Kelly. Picture: PA

• Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour: Eat, Pray, Laugh!

SAY farewell to Oz housewife and gigastar Dame Edna Everage, when another entertainment legend, Barry Humphries tours to the city for the very last time. The 79-year-old promises appearances by the Honourable Sir Les Patterson, the grandfatherly Sandy Stone and, of course, Edna. Definitely not one to miss, possums.

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 5-9 November, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £15-£75, 0131-529 6000

Drama

The Lion King. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The Lion King. Picture: Ian Georgeson

• To Sir With Love

OLIVIER Award-winning Matthew Kelly stars in the stage-play of the classic 1960s Sidney Poitier film, in which Ricky Braithwaite struggles to tame his class of unwilling East End kids in post-war London.

The King’s, Leven Street, 29 October-2 November, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £14-£29.50, 0131-529 6000

Concert

• Alison Moyet

REGULAR Music bring Alison Moyet to the Usher Hall to perform songs from The Minutes, the new album from the world-renowned singer, once half of 80s electro duo Yazoo. The album finds Moyet returning to her electronic roots.

Maureen Beattie in Dark Road. Picture: Comp

Maureen Beattie in Dark Road. Picture: Comp

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 5 October, 7.30pm, £22.50-£30, 0131-228 1155

Comedy

• Russell Brand - Messiah Complex

YOU never quite know what to expect from Russell Brand. However, he does promise, “I am going to tour The World (our one, Earth) with Messiah Complex, causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through.” For example, did Jesus, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Hitler all have a Messiah Complex, the mental disorder where you think you might be the messiah?

Not for the easily offended, I reckon.

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 12 October, 7.30pm, £27.50, 0131-228 1155

Thriller

• Dark Road

REBUS creator Ian Rankin and Lyceum artistic director Mark Thomson collaborate on the world premiere of the crime writer’s first work for the stage. Serial killer Alfred Chalmers has spent 25 years in prison for the gruesome murders of four young Edinburgh girls. Isobel McArthur, Scotland’s first Chief Constable, put him away. But his conviction has always haunted her. Did she get the wrong man? Maureen Beattie stars in what should prove to be the highlight of the Lyceum’s season.

Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, 25 September-19 October, 7.45pm (matinees 2.30pm), £12-£27.50, 0131-248 4848

Cinema

• Filth

BASED on the Irvine Welsh novel set in the Capital, Filth us the story of Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, in line for a promotion. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, he sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. But his past is slowly catching up with him...

Opens in cinemas across the Capital on 27 September.

Theatre

• The Baroness - Karen Blixen’s Final Affair

IN 1948, at the age of 62, Karen Blixen, writer of Out of Africa, met the 29-year-old poet, Thorkild Bjørnvig. The two shared a powerful, dangerous and intimate friendship, their pact, which lasted six years before falling apart. Described by one critic as ‘Denmark’s play of the year’, this production stars ex-EastEnder Roberta Taylor and Ewan Donald (Titanic).

Traverse 1, Cambridge Street, 27 & 28 September, 7.30pm, £15.50, 0131-228 1404

Cinema

• Sunshine On Leith

THIS autumn, all roads lead to the Capital if you’re a film-maker, it seems. Next month sees the release of the movie adaptation of The Proclaimers’ musical, Sunshine On Leith. Home is where the heart is for Davy and Ally, just returned from duty in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, their parents, Rab and Jean, are busy planning their 25th wedding anniversary. Everything’s going swimmingly, until a revelation from Rab’s past threatens to tear the family apart. Jubilant and heartfelt, expect all your favourite Proclaimers’ anthems.

Opens in cinemas across the Capital on 4 October

Sunshine on Leith. Picture: Comp

Sunshine on Leith. Picture: Comp

Barry Humphries. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Barry Humphries. Picture: Ian Rutherford