Miss Saigon Tops Blockbuster Shows Heading To Edinburgh this winter

MISS SAIGON. Ashley Gilmour 'Chris' and Sooha Kim 'Kim'. Photo Johan Persson
MISS SAIGON. Ashley Gilmour 'Chris' and Sooha Kim 'Kim'. Photo Johan Persson
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As the dark nights begin to draw in and the autumnal colours fade, escape the winter blues with a trip to the theatre.

Over the next few months, be transported to many magical places as diverse as Memphis in 1956, Thatcher-era Leith, war-torn Saigon or even Shrek’s fairy tale swamp.

The Playhouse, King’s and Festival theatres have chosen an impressive selection of hit stage shows to help get us through the long winter months.

Nine, however, are “must see” shows and there’s one play you really should book up for now, even though it doesn’t get here until next April.

From comedies to classic dramas, family shows to musical spectaculars, there’s something for everyone, led by a host of familiar faces; Laurence Fox, Martin Kemp, Rita Simons, Laura Main and Phil Daniels, being just five of the stars heading to the city.

Here are nine ‘must see’ theatre plays and musicals coming to town this winter, and one for which you really should book ahead.

THE REAL THING

King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 24-28 October

LAURENCE Fox, best-known as DS James Hathaway in Lewis, stars in Tom Stoppard’s clever, poignant and entertaining examination of infidelity, now widely regarded a modern 
classic.

£18-£31.50

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

The Playhouse, Greenside Place, 24-28 October

SPANDAU Ballet’s Martin Kemp stars as legendary record producer Sam Phillips, the man who brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together for a 
one-off recording session on December 4, 1956.

£19.90-£47.40

SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 1-5 November

ALWAYS a family favourite, enter Slava’s snowy world for a once in a lifetime, joyous, fun packed event culminating in a blizzard that puts you firmly at the centre of the action. Back by popular demand.

£18.50 - £31

TRAINSPOTTING

King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 14-18 November

FANCY a coarse, intense and 
hilarious roller-coaster ride through the heroin-hinterlands of Thatcher-era Leith?

Former Broughton High 
pupil Lorn Macdonald stars as 
Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh’s 
tale of drugs and deception. Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud are 
back.

£18-£31.50

LEGALLY BLONDE

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 27 November-2 December

RITA Simons, best known as EastEnders’ Roxy Mitchell, stars as Paulette Bonafonte alongside Eurovision 
hopeful Lucie Jones as Elle Woods, and Emmerdale and Corrie favourite Bill Ward as Professor Callahan, in the smash hit Broadway and 
West End Musical based on the 
movie of the same name. Bend and snap!

£22-£42

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

The Playhouse, Greenside Place, 28-30 November

LONG before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Discover the inspiring true story of how she become one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

£17-£71.50

SHREK

The Playhouse, Greenside Place, 12 December 2017-7 January 2018

CALL The Midwife star Laura Main is Princess Fiona in the musical based on the Oscar-winning animated film.

Join Shrek for a hilarious, all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy that turns the world of fair tales upside down.

£18.50-£63

FLASHDANCE

The Playhouse, Greenside Place, 15-20 January 2018

SPARKS will fly and you’ll want to dance like you’ve never danced before as this feelgood musical returns. Based on the film of the same name, prepare to be blown away by hits such as Maniac, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and of course the sensational title track Flashdance... What a Feeling.

£20.90-£58.90

MISS SAIGON

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 17 January-17 February 2018

CAMERON Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and 
Schönberg’s legendary musical provides the highlight of this winter’s theatre programmes.

Set in the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by the notorious Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with American GI Chris but they’re torn apart by the fall of Saigon... will they ever be reunited?

£32-£65

BOOK NOW FOR...

DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE

King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 10-14 April 2018

IF thrills and chills are more to your taste then book now for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Gothic classic stars Quadrophenia and EastEnders’ star Phil Daniels in the dual titular roles.

£18-£31.50

WHERE TO BOOK TICKETS

THE PLAYHOUSE

In Person: 18-22, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

Telephone: 0844-871 3014

Online: www.atgtickets.com

Group Bookings (10+): 0333-009 5388

Booking fees apply

KING’S THEATRE

In Person: 2, Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ

Telephone: 0131-529 6000

Online: www.edtheatres.com

Group Bookings (8+): 0131-529 6005

FESTIVAL THEATRE

In Person: 13-29, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT

Telephone: 0131-529 6000

Online: www.edtheatres.com

Groups (8+): 0131-529 6005