Fruitcake: Jane Guernier tries out her Ken Dodd impersonation in Scarlet Theatre’s The Fruit Has Turned to Jam In The Fields at Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh
Coming Of Age Until Sat 4 May. lpm. £3.50 (£2 ). Play by James Waverly taking a humorous look at the generation gap as a travelling musician visits an elderly war veteran.
Better Days Better Knights/Dear Janet Rosenberg, Dear Mr Kooning Mon 13 «Sat l8 May. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). The ever- prolific Fifth Estate revive last year's production of Stanley Eveliitg‘s two- hander about a burnt out back and a female fan. Better Days. Better Kine/its is a curtain raiser by the same author which hasn't been performed for some fifteen years.
I PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Greenside Place. 557 2590. [Access: R. L.
Facilities: WC. WS. G. C]
The Phantom (It The Opera Until Sat 6 Jul. Mort—Sat 7.30pm. Wed/Sat mat 2.30pm. £5—£27.50. The public demanded it! Lloyd Webber's blockbusting musical about the beautiful opera singer and the disﬁgured young composer hiding otit in the sewers below the Paris Opera House has had its mammoth run extended again. Apparently half a million people — that's l0 per cent of the SCottish population -- have succumbed to I’liantoni fever so far. Look out for news of a big-time celebrity
guest star on 'l‘liursday 25 April.
I QUEEN’S HALL Clerk Street. (ms 101)). Two Nights of Unmissable Comedy. Sal J/Sat ll May. Sec (‘otttedyz
I ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE (irindlay Street. 23‘) 0M)? [Accessi l’. l.. i'ﬁtcililtes: WC. \VS. ll. (i. (i. T. Help: A. AA] Closed Stilts.
Pygmalion l'titil Sat -1 May. Mon Sat 7.45pm; matinees Sat le/ch Isl/Sat 37 Apr 2.30pm. £5 £13. Fmin Winter and Micltael Mackenzie finish off their lidinburgh rim of Bernard Shaw ‘s all—time classic of social manipulation. in which liliza Doolittle (tlte role made famous by Attdrcy Hepburn iii My Fair lat/v) rises froin humble Cockttey ﬂower-seller to society belle. Directed by lltiglt Hodgart for the Lyceum company. the show embarks on a major tour. See Touring. (Uncle) Vanya't‘uc t4—sat ts May. 7.45pm. ill—L“). The Wrestling Scltool return with Howard Barker’s sttbyet‘siye reworking of Chekltoy \ classic. By less than subtly shifting a major moment iii the plot in a typical sweep of imagined history. Barker opens tip a whole new world. His small btit intense following. who'll know to expect no compromise. See preview.
I THEATRE WORKSHOP 3-1 Hamilton Place. 226 5-125. [.Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA] The Fruit Has Turned To Jam In The Fields Thurs 9—Sat ll. £6.50 (£3) Scarlet Theatre present a wacky descent ittto a world of TV nostalgia and beyond. as three war-zoned women find themselves called upon to defend the Home Front with an explosive tnix of heroism. romance and unlimited fruit scones. Anyone who saw this company‘s Paper Walls at the Fringe last summer should delight iii their off-killer arid decidedly surreal approach. See preview.
I TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street. 228 140-1. [Accessz L. Facilities: WC. \\'S. H. G. C]. Closed Mons.
Clearance Until Sttii 5 May. 8pm. £5 (£3.50). Public workshop Sat 4 May 2—4pm. l; 1.50 (L‘ l ). Post-show discussion Sat 4 May. Debut production from Grid Iron Theatre company who set tip jttst six months ago with the intention of supporting young Scottish writers and theatre practitioners. Written by Anita Sullivan (Just ll'ltort's. Cray/ting). this first show follows the fortunes of a young boy and a woman whose innocent storytelling amid the chaos of a country house clearance ltas the power to cause pant and violence. Bizarrely enough. this features a performance by Fringe director Hilary Strong?
Danny And The Deep Blue Sea Tue 7 May.
7.30pm. lii‘ee. Bittersweet New York love story written by .lohn Patrick Shanley attd directed by John Mitchell of the sadly deceased ()xygeii House. This
atly enturous series of readings is well wortlt supporting.
Angels In America Wed 8—Sun is) May. 7.30pm. £8 (£4). Tony Kushner‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning script looks at a whole variety of social epidemics to ltit America over the last ten years. and we ain't just talking biology here. Largely. it's a worrying picture of the rise of the American Right. in which parallel stories weave together fragments of suitably tortured relationships. The style of lain Reekie's production for 7:84 Theatre Company is playful and fantastical. the result epic.
The Monday Lizard Mott t3 May. 8pm. Free. Make believe you're a beatnik at this happening affair which highlights performed readings of new short works by the likes of David Greig. John Clifford. etc. interspersed with some hip jar/.7. sounds. Nice.
Catch the best theatre this fortnight.
I (Uncle) Vanya The latest Howard llBarker play is a reworking of Chekhov‘s famous comedy. 'with one or two crucial changes. Presented — like all Barker premieres — by the Wrestling School. this one is directed by the playwright himself. See preview. Royal Lyceum. Edinburgh. I Maytest: Catalpa - The Movie Trish writer/actor Donal O’Kelly presents his third. wildly imaginative monologue. based around a daring raid on a penal colony in I875. The Irish critics raved: this is the British premiere. See Mayfest preview. Arches Theatre. Glasgow:
I Mayfest: Blood And Water Andy Amold’s latest show for the Arches company uses diverse sources including Mayakovsky's Mystery Boa/fe to investigate the many forms of migrancy in the late 20th century. See Mayfest preview. Arc-lies 'l'lteatre. Glasgow:
I Mayfest: MTM Untamed hispanic madcappery from Barcelona-based company La Fura Dels Baits. involving techno beats, huge mirrors, naked bodies. nasty surgical devices and lots of cardboard boxes. See Frontlines. Tramway. Glasgow:
I The Fruit IIas Turned To Jam In The Fields Scarlet Theatre — who scored an unsettling hit at last year’s Fringe with Paper Walls - are back with a hallucinatory chiller set in a library after the apocalypse. See preview. Theatre Works/top. Edinburgh.
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For events at Community Centres and other venues, see detailed listings elsewhere in this section. For details of cabaret and music events see appropriate listings. Perto’rmances shown in brackets_ are previews.
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