FESTIVAL THEATRE 13/29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. Girls’ Night Out Until Sat 29 May. Thu & Fri 7.30pm; Sat 5pm & 8pm. £17.50–£22.50. Slip into the oiled-up world of male dancers from the perspectives of Tony and his troupe, and Jane, on her hen night, who will be lucky enough to sample their performance. Swan Lake Sun 30 May. 7.30pm. £11.50–£33.50. Prima Ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova, and St Petersburg Ballet Theatre return to Edinburgh with the spellbinding Tchaikovsky ballet. Billy Elliot: The Musical Fri 4 & Sat 5 Jun. Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £10–£15. Amateur production of the film-turned-musical about a miner’s son from strike-ravaged County Durham who dreams of being a ballet dancer. Brendan Cole, Live and Unjudged Sun 6 Jun. 7.30pm. £17.50–£31. See Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall. Peter Pan Tue 8–Sat 12 Jun. 7pm (Sat mat 2pm). £16–£23. The tale of the boy who never grew up is given a Scottish flavour, in keeping with the nationality of its creator, JM Barrie, who was born 150 years ago. With flying children, thrilling sword fights, fire-eaters, acrobatics, dastardly pirates and the ominous ticking of the crocodile, this production promises excitement for all ages.

THE GRV 37 Guthrie Street, 220 2987. Suspicious Minds Until Sat 29 May. 8pm. £6. Siege Perilous performs a new work by Caroline Dunford about the mysterious death of an Elvis fan.

PLAYHOUSE 18–22 Greenside Place, 0844 847 1660. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Until Sat 5 Jun (not Sun). 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm). £15–£39.50. The much- heralded stage version of the popular family film, in a production that has been nominated for a host of awards in its four-year tour. Boo at the Child Catcher and sing along with all those classic songs. Derren Brown: Enigma Mon 7 & Tue 8 Jun. 7.30pm. £30. Derren Brown plays mind games with his audience and himself using psychology, illusion and showmanship and then hopefully explains how he did it. Not suitable for children under 12 years. ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street, 248 4848. Macbeth (Verdi) Until Sat 29 May. 7.30pm. £10–£25. Edinburgh Grand Opera performs Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play; a tale of ambition, witches, power and glory. Connect Festival Tue 8–Sat 12 Jun. Times vary. £8 (£5). A festival of youth theatre, with pieces written, directed, acted, sung and danced by young people from around Scotland, including a showcase performance of extracts from Billy Elliot: The Musical by eight different theatre groups. All performances are showcases or double bills, to give extra value for money, and the writers whose work the youngsters are taking on include Liz Lochhead, Ali Smith and Davey Anderson.

TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street, 228 1404.

✽✽ Any Given Day Sat 29 May–Sat 19 Jun (not Mon). Tue-Sat 8pm;

Sun 6pm. £8–£16 (£5–£12). A new work written by Linda McLean about responsibility and set on a day when Sadie and Bill are expecting a visit from their favourite person. See preview, page 90. The Third Policeman Thu 3–Sat 5 Jun. 7.30pm. £13–£16 (£5–£12). See Glasgow, Tron Theatre. Open Write Tue 8 Jun. 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Men from Her Majesty’s Prison Open Estate have worked with a creative team to devise short plays as part of the Motherwell College’s Offender Arts Project.


Little Johnny’s Big Gay Wedding Fans of Johnny McKnight’s five-year

search for ‘the one’ are cordially invited to a theatre show with a difference this fortnight. Little Johnny’s Big Gay Wedding casts you the audience as the guests at the nuptials, where you’ll be rubbing shoulders alongside family members such as his Mafioso Grandmother and Brothel-Madame Aunty before (hopefully) witnessing Johnny and his other half setting off into the sunset. No presents please, just presence, and please dress fabulously. Langside Hall, Glasgow, Tue 1–Sat 12 Jun.

Outside the Cities

DUNDEE REP Tay Square, Dundee, 01382 223530.

✽✽ Sweeney Todd The Musical Until Sat 12 Jun (not Sun/Mon).

7.30pm (Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm). £14–£23 (£5–£21). Dundee Rep Ensemble presents the gory tale of Sweeney and his wayward razor in a more humorous light. See review, page 92.

MACROBERT University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 466666. World Tour 2010 Sat 5–Tue 8 Jun. Sat 2pm & 7pm; Sun 1pm & 6pm; Mon & Tue 7pm. £8. A huge showcase dance performance from over 500 young dancers performing ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics. Fuaim Chonamara Wed 9 Jun. 8pm. £12 (£9; students and under 18s £6). Irish dance star Sean Nós appears performing a vital, fresh and energetic version of traditional Irish dance, backed up by family band The Cunninghams. PERTH THEATRE 185 High Street, Perth, 01738 621031. Flanders and Swann: At the Drop of a Hippopotamus Thu 27 May. 7.30pm. £9–£19. Tim Fitzhigham and Duncan Walsh Atkins pay homage to stars of musical comedy revue Flanders and Swann, putting their own spin on classics such as ‘The Gnu Song’. Part of Perth Festival of the Arts. JGN Dance Attic: Get Up and Dance Fri 4 & Sat 5 Jun. 2pm. £12 (children £8). High impact, energetic dance show featuring a special performance from one of Scotland’s top street dance crews, #1 BLUD CREW.


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