Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Thursday 15 November

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Your pick of the city’s nights out.

• THEATRE: Iron. In prison for the murder of her husband, Fay receives a visit from her daughter whom she hasn’t seen for 15 years. Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a shatteringly powerful play’, Iron unravels the lives of both women with scalpel-like precision as Josie struggles to understand the stranger before her and above all to find out what really happened on the night her father was killed. New Borders-based theatre company Firebrand’s emotionally blistering production features former Taggart actress Blythe Duff as the convicted murderer in a play that shows how terrifyingly easy it is to kill the things you love.

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 8pm, £15.50, 0131-228 1404

• FILM: ARGO (15). Five-star film starring, and directed by Ben Affleck. November 4, 1979, simmering tensions outside the US embassy finally boil over. Militants break through the barricades and storm the building. Iranians capture 52 Americans and hold them hostage but six members of staff - Bob Anders (Tate Donovan), Joe Stafford (Scoot McNairy), Kathy Stafford (Kerry Bishe), Mark Lijek (Christopher Denham), Cora Lijek (Clea DuVall) and Lee Schatz (Rory Cochrane) - manage to escape to the nearby residence of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber). Back on American soil, CIA extractor Tony Mendez (Affleck) concocts an elaborate scheme to rescue the escapees: he will pose as a film producer who has come to Iran to scout for locations for a sci-fi epic called Argo. The six stranded embassy staff will adopt the guise of his crew and they will leave the country together under false passports. When Tony arrives on Iranian soil, he soon realises all of his smooth talking and experience might not be enough to save the embassy staff from an Iranian firing squad. General release, various cinemas, times and prices

• MUSIC: Zappa Plays Zappa. Dweezil Zappa plays from his father’s back catalogue. The HMV Picture House, Lothian Road, 7pm, £30, 0844-847 1740

• MUSIC: Greg Lake. Former King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer founder. The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 8pm, £26.50, 0131-668 2019

• CLASSICAL: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Pires plays Mozart. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 7.30pm, £13–£27; £5–£25 (under 16s free), 0131-228 1155