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Autumn Preview 2018

The festival season in Edinburgh is well and truly at an end and the summer is coming to a close, as is traditional all the major venues around Scotland are announcing there Autumn and Winter programmes. A programme that offers diversity and entertainment across the arts spectrum. So, let’s take a little look at the pick of the venues!

The Festival Theatre Edinburgh:

The Festival theatre kicks off its season with the west end smash hit Calendar Girls the Musical from the pen of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. Telling story of those remarkable women who through the pain of loss did what they could to cheer up a cancer ward waiting room, this production wowed audiences in London’s Phoenix theatre and now it comes to the festival from the 2nd to 13th October.

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Following the Calendar Girls onto the grand stage are those wonderful boys of Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo with there new show on the 30th and 31st October. Looking towards Christmas the team at the Festival are bringing Nativity the Musical for a week-long run from 28th November before transforming the venue for a magical production of Cinderella from Scottish Ballet which will run from 8th to 30th December.

The Kings Theatre Edinburgh:

The grand old lady of leven street is gearing up for its annual autumn season of plays and musicals, kicking off with Rain Man from Bill Kenwright productions, an adaptation of the acclaimed film telling the story of autistic savant Raymond Babbitt who reunited with his brother following their fathers death leads to a road trip across America ultimately leading to discovering who and what they really are. Mathew Horne will play Raymond in this production which runs from Monday 1st October.


Later in the season Fame the musical proves it will live forever in a brand-new production featuring local lad Keith Jack and will open on Tuesday 23rd October for a week-long run. Tradition then returns to the Kings as the annual Edinburgh Gang Show takes to the stage with its magical blend of music, dance and variety running from Tuesday 20th November. Rounding out the year is the Annual Kings Theatre Pantomime this year for the first time since 1949 Beauty and the Beast will take to stage with Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott promising the biggest and best panto to date. It all starts on Saturday 1st December and runs into the new year.

The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh:

Scotland’s leading producing theatre moves into its 2018/19 season with a new production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, this promises to bring a fresh identity to the age-old tale deploying actor musicians and directed by Wils Wilson the run begins on the 14th of September.


Following a production of Cyrano de Bergerac the lyceum will sprinkle its Christmas magic with a new production of Wendy and Peter Pan, opening on 29th November for the festive season this promises to be a new and inspiring take on the classic tale of the boy who never grew up and may just see a lot of flying and fairies popping up across the auditorium.

The Edinburgh Playhouse:

The UK’s biggest theatre in terms of seats is setting out to truly show it’s the home of West End and Broadway calibre productions this autumn. Kicking off on Monday 17th September Benidorm Live arrives into Edinburgh bringing the comedy of the tv classic to the stage live for the first time. Given that the producers have confirmed there will be no further tv episodes this is your last chance to see the gang in all their Glory.


Dreamworks Madagascar the Musical will take to the stage from Tuesday 2nd October for a week’s run bringing the characters of the animated move to life for the first time. With a new production of Saturday Night Fever running from Tuesday 23rd October for a week’s run you can dawn your medallion and relive all those Bee Gee’s classics. Bringing 2018 to a close is a run of Motown The Musical fresh off a run in London’s Shaftsbury Theatre and opening Tuesday 20th November its promises to be the biggest party in town. Finally, the playhouse have pulled all the stops out for their Christmas production with Kinky Boots taking to the stage Monday 10th December and running until January this magical feel good story of love an acceptance will wow Audiences.

The Kings Theatre Glasgow:

Glasgow’s historic Kings has a packed autumn season opening with An Officer and a Gentleman the stage adaptation of the movie classic taking to the stage from Monday 10th September for a week-long run. Dreamworks bring their favourite Shrek from Tuesday 25th September.


Tuesday 30th October see’s the big red bus of Summer Holiday arriving into Glasgow with Ray Quinn singing the classic tunes including Bachelor boy and summer holiday. Bringing 2018 to a close is the annual Kings Pantomime Aladdin which see’s the return of Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac for their second year topping the bill. Produced by QDOS pantomimes this promises to be a game changer for the kings and one not to miss out on.

Theatre Royal Glasgow:

Glasgow’s home of Scottish Opera and Scottish ballet is broadening its horizons this season with a plethora of one-night specials including Ross Noble Live, Islands in the Stream and the Magic of Motown all featured in the Programme.


The theatre royal will end the year with a new production of The Bodyguard Opening on 15th December and telling the story of Rachel Marron a pop star that falls for her bodyguard during the tension brought by a stalker. The movie classic that shot Whitney Houston to stratospheric fame will provide the ultimate festive treat.

His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen:

Heading North, His Majesty’s are producing a stellar line up of shows to pick from. Opening on Wednesday 3rd October and running until Saturday 13th take that’s musical The Band will rock and move the granite city in equal measure and promises to be a fabulous evening of musical theatre.


Later in the season Lloyd Webbers classic Evita will play a week-long run from 16th of October before the jewel of the north gears up for the end of the year with a double festive treat. Local company Lyric will bring Elf the Musical to the stage from 21st to 24th November. Finally, Pantomime arrives in the granite city with a sparkling production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs featuring local favourites Alan McHugh and Jordan Young who are joined by joseph star Lee Mead. Running from 1st of December to 6th January it promises to be a magical experience.

That’s it!

There we go, that’s our picks of what’s on around the country and there is so much more besides so be sure to check out the individual venues websites for details and tickets. Enjoy whatever you choose to see, and we shall see you around the theatres.

For Edinburgh Festival and Kings theatres go to:

For Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh go to:

For the Edinburgh Playhouse go to:

For Glasgow Kings Theatre go to:

For Theatre Royal Glasgow go to:

For His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen go to:

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