Top five Edinburgh shows this autumn

Top Hat. Pic: Comp
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The Fringe may be over but there are still great shows heading to the Capital in the next couple of months. Here entertainment editor Liam Rudden picks his autumn Top 5 hot tickets


JODIE Prenger, best known for winning the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything, returns to the Capital next month as Calamity Jane - a role she first played to great acclaim in London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams, for the Deadwood Stage. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long-standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love...

With an Oscar-nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew In From The Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love, Calamity Jane is an old favourite and guaranteed feel-good night out.

Calamity Jane, Playhouse, Greenside Place, 23-27 September, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £12.90-£38.90, 0844-871 3014


IN July 1917, in an open letter to The Times, Siegfried Sassoon made a passionate denunciation of both the Great War’s aims and the strategy of the generals. The army, reluctant to court martial Sassoon, decided instead to commit him to the Capital’s Craiglockhart War Hospital, where he was incarcerated until he was ‘cured.’

Set in Edinburgh and commemorating the centenary of the First World War, Pat Barker’s Regeneration tells Sassoon’s story. At Craiglockhart he meets and befriends another patient, fellow poet, Wilfred Owen, and is ‘treated’ by Dr WH Rivers, a pioneering psychiatrist in the treatment of what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.

Challenging definitions of sanity itself, Regeneration explores the effects of war and of man’s battle to honour both his conscience and duty to his fellow man.

Regeneration, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 30 September-5 October, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £14-£29.50, 0131-529 6000


THE world premiere of DC Jackson’s new crime caper, described as ‘a comedy of fatal errors’ opens at the Royal Lyceum next month.

Andrew MacPherson has many legitimate business interests: a security firm, taxis, a couple of Renfrewshire bus routes, several pubs and even a secret shareholding in Rangers.

Johnny ‘the bastard’ Glendenning is the self styled Tony Blair of Ulster loyalist gunmen. In a farmhouse far out in the wilds of Ayrshire they are on a deadly collision course.

Caught between them are a farmer, his mother, two thugs, a sleazy tabloid hack and some pigs with a taste for human flesh.

A murderous comedy of the Glasgow underworld, Kill Johnny Glendenning stars David Ireland as Johnny Glendenning and River City’s Raymond Henderson, actor Paul Samson, as Macpherson.

Kill Johnny Glendenning, Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, 17-11 October, 7.30pm (matinees 2pm), £12.50 - £24, 0131-248 4848


DIRECT from London’s West End, where it won three Olivier Awards, Top Hat brings all the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage of the Festival Theatre in October.

Featuring some of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits - Cheek To Cheek, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails, Let’s Face the Music & Dance and Puttin’ On The Ritz - Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont.

An uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy celebrating 1930s song, style and romance, Top Hat finds Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch, stepping into the shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont.

Top Hat, Festival theatre, Nicolson Street, 7-18 October, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £14-£45, 0131-529 6000


THE Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical Jersey Boys comes to the Playhouse in October, starring West End favourite Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli.

Seen by more than 19 million people worldwide, Jersey boys tells the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks.

These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.

Jersey Boys is packed with their classic hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working

Jersey Boys, Playhouse, Greenside Place, 8-25 October, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £21.90-£63.40, 0844-871 3014