25 – 31 MARCH

25 – 31 MARCH

We want you to make the most of every minute you spend in Edinburgh. That’s why we’ve created Wonder Weeks – a complete guide to some of the city’s best events and brightest attractions during specific weeks of the year.

Scottish National Gallery: Italian Renaissance

Until 30 September 2020

Featuring some of the finest works from the painters at the heart of the Italian Renaissance, this extraordinary exhibition will be lighting up the Scottish National Gallery every day from 10am – 5pm and until 7pm on Thursdays. Paintings include Tintoretto’s Christ Carried to the Tomb and Titian’s Diana and Actaeon. It also features the Trinity Altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes, one of the most important examples of religious works commissioned for a Scottish chapel, and one of the earliest to have survived the Reformation.

[Image © Eoin Carey / National Galleries of Scotland]

King’s Theatre: The Girl on the Train

25 – 30 March 2019

This on-stage adaptation of the 2016 movie, based on Paula Hawkins’ book, has received rave reviews throughout its run to date. Starring Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Mount Pleasant, Kingsman movies) and Oliver Farnworth (Hollyoaks, Coronation Street), it tells the story of Rachel Watson, who envies the perfect couple she sees from her train window every day. That is, until one of them goes missing and she’s drawn into a twisting, turning thriller that’ll keep you guessing until the very last scene.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Reformation to Revolution

Until 1 May 2020

The Scottish Reformation had a huge influence on art, by adopting Protestantism as the new national religion and making religious painting unacceptable. The focus of commissions moved to status and power instead, particularly in portraiture of prominent royal and political families. This exhibition includes images of Mary, Queen of Scots (by an unknown artist and Francois Clouet), and her mother Mary of Guise, painted by Corneille de Lyon. Other works show James Douglas, Regent of Scotland from 1572 – 1578 by Arnold Bronckorst and Sir Robert Peake’s Charles I.

[Image: Scottish National Portrait Gallery by Keith Hunter]

Edinburgh Festival Theatre: Remembering the Movies

31 March 2019

On Sunday 31 March, Edinburgh Festival Theatre will host a unique performance from two of the nation’s favourite dance stars — Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara of Strictly Come Dancing fame. They’ll be tango-ing, waltzing and quickstepping their way through a tribute to the world’s great movies, movie stars and musicals, featuring everything from Gene Kelly to James Bond, from the golden age of Hollywood to the Greatest Showman. Classic songs and dance routines, incredible choreography, dazzling sets and a full supporting cast of singers and dancers, it really will be a night of lights, cameras and action!

The Usher Hall: An evening with Alfie Boe

28 March 2019

Thursday 28 March will see one of the world’s greatest classical performers take the stage at the Usher Hall to present a very different collection of classics. Much-loved tenor Alfie Boe will be returning to the solo spotlight with a selection of 30s and 40s hits from his new album, As Time Goes By, which includes tracks like La Vie En Rose, The Way You Look Tonight and My Funny Valentine as well as the title track. Join him in a stroll along memory lane as he gives each beautiful old song his own unique spin.

Scottish Gallery of Modern Art: Surrealism and the Marvellous

Until 2 June 2019

Surrealism is the artistic expression of dreams, the unconscious, the irrational and the absurd. Which goes some way towards explaining Dali’s Lobster Telephone, created for his patron, Edward James.  Other works in this exhibit include Le Drapeau Noir by Magritte, Femme Egorgée by Giacometti and Maternité by Joan Miro. Then gallery is also home to a permanent Surrealist collection, which includes a fascinating assortment of illustrated books, catalogues, manuscripts and journals from the surrealist artists and writers who contributed to the genre.

[Image: Rene Magritte Le Drapeau noir [The Black Flag] 1937 National Galleries of Scotland © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019]

Traverse Theatre: We Are All Just Little Creatures

28 – 30 March 2019

This extraordinary show is a collaboration between three outstanding agencies: Curious Seed, an award-winning performance company, Lung Ha, a theatre company for people with learning disabilities, and Lyra, a unique arts programme for young people in the Greater Craigmillar area. It’s a celebration of the weird and wonderful things that go along with being alive, told through music, dance, song, text and storytelling — exactly the kind of unique theatrical experience you’d expect from the Traverse.

The Lyceum: Local Hero

14 March – 4 May 2019

This relatively low-budget 80s film by Bill Forsyth became something of a surprise international hit, thanks to its gentle humour, endearing characters, superb performances and simple but effective plot. Now, from 14 March to 4 May, a new musical based on the film will be playing at The Lyceum. Developed by Lyceum artistic director David Greig in partnership with Forsyth and Mark Knopfler, the Dire Straits frontman who created the original score, this updated version of the tale looks set to capture another generation of hearts and minds.

West End Gin Festival

22 – 31 March 2019

Edinburgh’s West End will transform into gin-lover’s heaven for ten days this March for the inaugural West End Gin Festival. Over twenty bars and local businesses are expected to take part in this celebration of all things gin, one of the biggest collaborations ever to be pulled off in the city’s West End. Get your festival wristband  today and you can look forward to £4 perfect G&T perfect serves and £5 signature gin cocktails at some of the best bars in Edinburgh.

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound

Phone: 0131 624 6200

King’s Theatre

2 Leven Street

Phone: 0131 529 6000

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street

Phone: 0131 624 6200

The Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street

Phone: 0131 529 6000

The Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Lane


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Road

Telephone: 0131 624 6200

The Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street

Phone: 0131 228 1404

Royal Lyceum Theatre

30b Grindlay Street

Phone: 0131 248 4848

The Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Phone: 0131 228 1155