THEATRE drama & dance


The Scarlet Letter Thurs IS—Sat 24 May (not Sun/Mon). 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). In this adaptation of the famous novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. a womatt accused of adultery is condemned to wear the letter A as a mark of shante as she is made a scapegoat for the hidden passions and prejudices of Puritan society. But her response is one of defiance which shakes the community around her. Part of May/est.


Hope Street. 332 9000. [Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA]. Closed Suns.

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare Until Sat 3 May. 7.15pm. £4.50—£ 16.50. See Touring. Purl of May/est.


25 Albert Drive. 287 5511. [Accessz P. PPA. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C]. Peepshow Until Sat 3 May. 7.30pm/‘).30pm. £6/£7 (£3/£4). Edinburgh company Benchtours present a surreal. disturbing. funny and erotic exploration of sexual discovery and development as the ideal home of a post- war young couple is shattered by the intrusion of a terrifying real world outside. See review. page 66. l’urr of May/est.


Mayfest runs until Saturday 24 May. Shows beginnin after this fortnight will be covere in our next issue, published on Thursday 15 May.

Tickets for most Mayfest events are available from The Ticket Centre, Candleriggs, 0141287 5511; or The Mayfest Ticket Hotline 0141 287 5000.

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Peter Pan Fri ‘)-Sat 17 May. 7.30pm (not Mon/Tue); mats Sat 10/Sun/Wed. 1.30pm: Sat 17. 10.30am. £8 (£3.50); opening night £7 (£2.50). See Touring and preview. page 64. Part rgf'A'Itttj/‘csr.


63 Trongate. 552 4267. [Access: PPA. ST. R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. C. Help: AA].

Lavochkin - 5 Fri 2—Sat 24 May (not Sun). 7.30pm. £8 (£4). Set it) the age of perestroika. glasnost and Gorbachov. Alexei Shipenko’s controversial play has become something of a cause celebre in Russia and abroad. The action sees an old woman and her elderly son locked it) their final battle in a cramped tenement apartment as they wallow it) the past. See Mayfest preview. page 20. I’ttrr of May/est.



2a Forrest Road. 225 9893. [Access: ST. Facilities: WS. G. C. Help: AA]

The Secret Rapture Until Sat 3 May. 7.30pm. £2.50—£3.50. Domestic drama by David Hare. centring on a woman left behind with two daughters when her ageing. millionaire hubby dies. Mum hits the bottle and fatnin ties are pttt tinder unbearable strain.

Real Estate Wed 7 May. 1.45pm. £2.50 (£2). Edinburgh University Theatre Company present this intense and subtle fatnin drama about a 32-year-old woman who returns home after her sudden departure sixteen years earlier. She's pregnant. and demanding the love and support she feels is deserved. btit her arrival causes repercussions well beyond the scope of what she expected. Two-Way MirrorWed 14 May. 1.45pm. £2.50 (£2). A double bill of plays by Arthur Miller Some KIIH/ ()fIJH't’ Story and Iz'lt'gv Finn-'1 [xii/y -- which contemplate the deceptive nature of the world we live in as we look for meaning and coherence. only to find otir own anxieties and desires reflected back at us.


Morningside Road. Ticketline: 220 434‘). or at Assembly Rooms. Usher Hall. Queen‘s Hall aitd King‘s Theatre box offices. Tickets also available at Church Hill Theatre box office 30 minutes before performance.

The Deep Blue Sea Wed I4—Sat )7 May. 7.30pm. £2.50 (Wed only) £5 (£4). Discarding their suits. the Edinburgh Civil Service Dramatic Society present Terence Rattigan‘s tragedy of loss. hope and romantic entanglement.


13/2‘) Nicolson Street. 52‘) 6000. [Access: 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. H. C. T. Help: A]

Samson And Delilah Sat 3 May. 7.15pm. See Classical & ()pera listings. Prisoner - Cell Block H The (T—I‘TI 9 May. 8pm. Sat 10 May. 6pm/‘)pm. £‘)—£18.5() (£7—£15.50). The hit musical comedy adapted frotn the cult TV show returns. with Maggie ‘The Freak' Kilpatrick. Linda Nolan and Savage camping it up as Wentworth's ntost glam inmate.

42nd Street Mon 12—Sat 17 May. 7.30pm; tnats Thurs 2pm/Sat 2.30pm. £6.50—£23.50 (£3.25—£1‘).50). The mother of all showbiz. musicals finds Peggy Sawyer longing to star on Broadway - a dream which danglcs like a carrot before her. Will she make it'.’ Of course she will. in the best all-smiling. all-singing musical tradition.


2 l.even Street. 220 434‘). [Access: R. 1.. Facilities: WC. H. G. C. Help: A. AA] Once A Catholic Until Sat 3 May. 7.30pm; Sat tnat 2.30pm. £‘).50—£14.50 (concs available): mats all seats £6. National tottr of Mary ()‘Malley's incisive. irreverent and comic play about the confusion. guilt and hellishness of being a Catholic schoolgirl iii the 50s. with sexual awakening to deal with ittto the bargain. See review. page 67.

A Greater Tomorrow Wed 7—Sat to May. 7.30pm; Thurs/Sat mats 2.30pttt.

£7.50—£12.50(concs available). See Touring.


43 High Street. 556 ‘)57‘). (Access: ST. R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. 11. G. C. Help: A. AA]

Steel Magnolias Until Sat 3 May. 7.30pm; Sat mat 2.30pm. £5.50 (£3.50). Best known from the film version. this play presented here by the amateur West End Theatre Company sees six ladies in their local beauty salon gossiping about men. marriage and hairdos . . . until something goes ltorribly wrong. Be sure to take your hankie along. Dylan Thomas Event Thurs 8 May. 7.30pm. £5 (non-members) £3 (members/cones). International storyteller and actor Derek Smith brings to life the magic of the Welsh literary legend.

Find Me Fri ‘)/Sat 10 May. 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Magic Men Theatre Company present ()Iwen Wymark's controversial play about the misunderstandittg of mental health. explored through the experiences of a schimphrenic girl.


60 Pleasance. 556 6550.

Mort Mon 5-Sat 10 May. 7.30pm. £2.50-£3.50. Terry Pratchett's Discworld comes alive and ventures ittto the I’leasance Courtyard in Iidinburgh University Theatre Company‘s production of his best-selling novel. adapted by Stephett Briggs. Drama. comedy. fantasy and music combine as Death finds himself a new apprentice.


Clerk Street. 668 201‘).

Up Chic Creek Thurs b‘ May. Spin. £15/£25 (£7.50). Students may not be known for their ultra-stylish dress sense bttt Iidinburgh University Fashion Society intend to confound the critics with this charity fashion extravaganza which combines theatre. mime and dance. accompanied by jazz fttttk grooves. In aid ofThe Imperial Cancer

2—17 May


Students: any seat. any night .815

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The smash hit is back for another stretch

See it Hear it Feel it Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 May. Tickets from £9.00

Box Office 0131529 6000

70 THE usr 2—15 May 1997