THEATRE listings



Elm Row, Leith Walk, 317 3000.

Crimes Of The Heart Tue 9—Fri 12 May.

7.30pm. £5 (£3). Beth Hanley’s tale of love and loss in 19705 Mississippi won her a shelf-full of theatrical awards, and an Oscar nomination for the screen version in 1986. Centring on three sisters reunited after one of them kills her husband, Crimes Of The Heart is brought to the stage on this occasion by Queen Margaret University College Drama Department.

KING'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street, 529 6000. [H, TI‘, WC, WA Sweieney Todd Until Sat 29 Apr. 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £5—£15. Long before Hilary Briss was adding extra special ingredients to the sausages in Royston Vasey, this 19th century barber was branching out into the field of piemaking as a means of diSposing of his victims. Mixing Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful score with a somewhat ghoulish subject matter, Edinburgh Music Theatre present this musical favourite. The Heiress ’nie 26m 6 Ma . 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm). £1 .50—£19 (£7.50—£16). Young, rich and looking for love in 18505 New York, the heiress in question is Catherine Sloper, a woman hotly pursued by the devilishly charming Morris Townsend. But is it her love or her lucre he’s after? Maggie Steed, Alan Howard and award-winning young actress Eve Best star in this Royal National Theatre production, based on the Henry James novel Washington S uare. See preview.

e All New Adventures Of Noddy Thu 11-Sun 14 May. See Kids review.

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e Fastest eatrical Production In The World Sat 6 May. 8pm. £6. Edinburgh-based theatre company Velvet Jacket set out to impress Norris McWhirter by staging an entire production in just 24 hours. Having been informed which show they are to perform on Friday night, the project organisers

have until 8pm on Saturday to rehearse the ZOO-strong cast in what is rumoured to be a 1950s style American musical. Shaolin Monks Tue 9 May. 8pm. £14—£18. Well here’s something you don’t see everyday. A stage full of monks using storytelling, music, innovative lighting and some well placed leaps to tell the exciting story of the Shaolin Monks’ struggle to protect their temple. See preview.


Grindlay Street, 248 4848. [P, H, TI‘, WC, WA]

Phaedra Until Sat 29 Apr. 7.45pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £7—£16 (£1—£11.50). The Lyceum have ripped up the stalls seating

Gerda Stevenson's Phaedre on Isla Shaw's island design. Edinburgh, Royal Lyceum

and replaced it with a sweeping new stage, designed by award-winning young designer Isla Shaw. Edwin Morgan’s done a similar job with the text, translating Jean Racine ’5 Greek tragedy into pure Scots, and leaving a few people looking for the subtitles. The power of the performances should see you through though. See review.


2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. (WC, WA] Beyond Paradise: The Wildli e Of A Gentle Man Thu 4 May. 7.15pm. £6 (£4). (Lecture Theatre, entrance Lothian Street). Christopher Robbie stars in this one-man play about the life and work of scientist Charles Darwin.


Cambridge Street. 228 1404. [P, H, TT, WC, WA]

A Solemn Mass For A Full Moon In Summer Fri 28 Apr—Sat 13 May (not Mon). 8pm. £9 (£4.50). Preview performances Fri 28—Sun 30 Apr £4.50. Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay translate French (‘anadian playwright Michel Tremblay‘s text into earthy Scots. Inspired by the rituals of the Catholic mass, the play follows the couples and one widow as they lay bare the agonies and ecstasies of love. Post-show discussion Thu 4 May. See feature. Monday Lizard Mon 8 May. 8pm. Free. The 'l'raverse continues its monthly platform for new theatre and performance.

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