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Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Saturday December 1

Your pick of the city’s nights out.

• FILM: Trouble With the Curve (12A). Baseball scout Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) is seen as old-fashioned and inflexible by management at the Atlanta Braves. To see if Gus is still worthy of his reputation, his boss Pete (John Goodman) sends him to North Carolina to scout an exciting new prospect and insists that Gus’s daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) accompanies the old man. She discovers that Gus’s eyesight is failing and he has kept this secret from his employers for fear they will consign him to the scrapheap. So Mickey becomes her father’s eyes as he searches for the next big thing. In the process, Gus crosses paths with former player Johnny (Justin Timberlake), who now works as a rival scout. Professional rivalry intensifies when Johnny takes a romantic interest in Mickey and threatens to distract her from the serious business of scouting.

General release, various cinemas, times and prices

2 DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty sees the choreographer return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and continued most famously in 1995 with the international hit Swan Lake.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Streey, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, £16–£42.50 (£10–£39.50), 0131-529 6000

3 PANTO: Mother Goose Mother. Goose returns to the King’s Theatre and it’s one golden egg of a show. Staged by the same team behind the theatre’s recent record-breaking pantomimes, Mother Goose is well worth a gander!

The King’s, Leven Street, various times and prices, 0131-529 6000

• COMEDY The Saturday Show. With Addy Van Der Borg, Graeme Thomas, Janice Phayre, Daniel Webster and host Susan Morrison.

The Stand, York Place, 9pm, £15, 0131-558 7272

5 CHARITY CONCERT: Give This Christmas. Special Christmas gig to raise funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. With duo Anita Lipnicka & John Porter and OK Social Club.

The HMV Picture House, Lothian Road, 7pm, £15, 0844 847 1740

 

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